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Need Family Time Together? Start A Game Night

Updated on March 28, 2017

Time Tested Games Rated By My Family

Stuck inside the house during bad weather? Find your family barely has time to talk? Kids complain about boredom? I think I have an answer! Family Game Night...

Do you have a family game night? Why not? This is a great way to connect together in a positive and fun way. In today's crazy busy schedule and attention demanding environment, the more intentional we are about times when we get together as a family, the better.

We've been a family who has a competitive streak, and love playing games. There are some that my husband and I enjoyed from childhood, and some that my kids play over and over. We spend time playing a lot of board games, chess, and cards as a family.

Sometimes the game section of the store can seem daunting- who knows which ones are fun and worth taking home to add to the family's collection?

Although Christmas has traditionally been the time when we buy games as gifts, there are times during the year when you have the urge to get some new things for the family to use for entertainment together- few electronic games are conducive for family togetherness.

Summer vacations, holiday get-togethers, or just a lazy weekend are all times for having board games on hand for fun times.

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5 Reasons - For Playing Games Together

After reading through the reasons, take a trip down memory lane for games you used to play, find some new ones, and get your family game night planned for lots of good old fashioned fun together.


  1. It's educational. Lots of games teach skills and thinking ability like strategy and logic.
  2. It is a good way to relate. Games can incorporate cooperation and communication.
  3. Games are an opportunity to have fun and see another side of each other, developing healthy competition, and good sportsmanship.
  4. Games provide stress relief, time to laugh, interaction and focus on each other without demands.
  5. Game night together provides a sense of belonging together, enjoying a common activity, creating good memories together.

Sequence

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Wikipedia entry for the game of Sequence.

Apples to Apples

This is the game my children love to play together and when their friends come over. It is a highly social game, with lots of laughter and interaction.

Mattel Apples to Apples Party Box The Game of Crazy Combinations
Mattel Apples to Apples Party Box The Game of Crazy Combinations

This is a game that teens love; one of the first my kids reach for when they have friends over! There is a version for younger kids, and it is one of the best for a group to enjoy. Very lively.

 

Remember 'Mousetrap'?

"Roll the dice, move the mice, build a traaaap!"

Classics

#1 Game for Teens?

A simple deck of cards. That's right, whether you play "war" "crazy eights" or "euchre".

What are the all time favorite games at my house? Some are present favorites, some I remember well from my childhood.

Chess is a game that my grandfather loved, my parents, my husband and I and several of our kids enjoy and plays chess, as well - one son collects interesting chess boards and pieces. Chess is probably the king of board games, although it has a rank of its own.

Monopoly has many renditions, but I remember this as my own number one game to play- and spent literally hours, for more years than I recall, playing this game.

We Played Them All

Risk is the game my cousins and I played all the time with lots of gusto, but my children seemed to rate it only as an average game.

Parcheesi is perennial and highly rated at my house. We bought one of those heirloom ones since we kept wearing out the old regular board game.

Sorry Classic Edition

Sorry Classic Edition Board Game
Sorry Classic Edition Board Game

Heavy duty board, original artwork.

 

Sorry For All Ages

Sorry is so much like Parcheesi in my book, but this is a game that not only did my husband and I, and my kids play, but now I have played it with my five year old grandson (he gleefully won!).

Games that require a lot of knowledge of the rules, math or spelling skills, might be too advanced for young children, but Sorry is one that has simple colors, rules, and moves forward with the rolls of the dice. That means children who are quite young can participate.

That, and the fact that it comes in a beautiful deluxe version means it ought to be a part of everyones game collection.

All Time Favorites - Games that bridge Generations

Scrabble! Vacation Fun

Scrabble, as soon as someone can spell and read at a basic level they can play "Scrabble". This used to be the favorite during summer vacations. It is more popular with my generation than with my children's.

That is no reason to overlook adding it to game nights. This will challenge your vocabulary, and given a challenge, your dictionary skills. For up to four players.

Yahtzee Competitions

Yahtzee, can be highly competitive... I remember my cousin Dave cried when he didn't win, once. But mostly it is a simple dice game with an element of chance.

It moves quickly, and provides for plenty of laughs and chatter during the play...which is a large part of why we love games, rights?

Operation

Crossing generations, we played this when we were children( I'm a sixty-something now), although mine was the google eyed patient .

It is a game for more little ones, just not under three.

Battleship

Not for boys only, this game of strategy is enjoyed by my grandson and he is carrying on the tradition of my sons! But girls love this game, too.

Games My Kids Love:

Life, Boggle

...AND ...

Clue

Remember this game? It sure has changed over the years, but kids still love to play it.

Those are perennial favorites with my children and now the grandchildren. If you are looking for something to give as a birthday or Christmas present, these will be great for the family and keep everyone entertained on game nights.

~~~~~~~~~~~Chess and Chinese Checkers~~~~~~~~~~~

These were my Father's favorites.

When my dad was alive, it never failed that he brought out the Chinese checkers game. It was one that we played at any age.

Be a Good Sport?

It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said "Mate!" in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious. ~A.A. Milne, Not That It Matters, 1919

Any Clue What To Play? - A Game of Mystery

My teens love this game too- and I had it way back when I was a pre-teenager. Introduced to the States in 1949, this British invention has had a successful history of popularity and there are even Clue websites for aficionados.

Clue
Clue

This is the classic game. Surprisingly the game comes in all sorts of editions from "Family Guy" to "24" to "The Office".

 

Games for the Little Ones - Great Way To Spend Quality Time They'll Remember



These are the ones I played as a youngster and that my children loved when they were little. Classics.

For Little People

  1. Candyland
  2. Chutes and Ladders
  3. Memory game

Remember these?

Have Fun

...And be a good sport.

Gallery of Game Times

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A Hard Day of Playing GamesIntense Boggle ChampionshipCousins and CardsTwo for Chess
A Hard Day of Playing Games
A Hard Day of Playing Games
Intense Boggle Championship
Intense Boggle Championship
Cousins and Cards
Cousins and Cards
Two for Chess
Two for Chess

Jenga - A Game of Skill- Teens Love This Game

First introduced to our family when an aunt bought it for the children one Christmas. They had loads of fun with this, although it isn't a "board" game.

Jenga Classic Game
Jenga Classic Game

Suspenseful block building game- you will be surprised at those who can remove blocks and when the whole thing falls. Never the same twice.

 

Fun doesn't need to come with a price tag

People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions - board games, recipes... we never stopped inventing.

Lynn Johnston quotes

Family Fun

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by jon a ross

Tips from Hasbro Game Company

hosting a family game night at your house

TIPS FOR HOSTING A FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Following National Family Game Night start a routine to host family game nights at home. Below are a few tips to help you get on track:

1. Schedule it!: It doesn't matter which night of the week you choose - any night will do! Just be sure to make it a priority to keep the appointment, the night will be one to remember!

2. Involve everyone in the planning: Involve the whole family in the planning process, and for variety, rotate responsibilities during each family game night.

3. Game suggestions: Pick age-appropriate games for family members to allow everyone to participate.

4. Fun food "pairings": A special family game night menu will make everyone look forward to the festivities.

5. Create a tradition: Whether it's the way that teams are selected, or a 30-minute bedtime extension, establishing a family tradition will create even more excitement around game play.

Family Game Night - What About You?

Does your family have a regular game night together?

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Many people love "Sequence", some love "Blokus"- are these your favs?

...what is your family's favorite?

What Are Your Favorite Board Games? - Do you have a family game night?

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      @Gypzeerose: thanks for helping to share the idea

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Lovely lens - google plus one because I think everyone should do this.

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @emmaklarkins: thank you for your comment:) I have to ask"is there any such thing as too competitive? JK!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      I love family game night! We've tried several of the card-based games (Apples to Apples, In a Pickle) but I think we're a little too competitive...

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      I love family game night! We've tried several of the card-based games (Apples to Apples, In a Pickle) but I think we're a little too competitive...