Tonight is Family Game Night in our home.
We The children received some fun games for Christmas, so we’re going to munch on snacks and play games.
In case you’re searching after-Christmas sales for fun games, I suggest Cranium Hullaballoo for kids. It’s a great game for preschoolers and non-readers; it’s super-easy to play and does not really require adult help. And my girls, who are 8 & 9, also have fun playing it. It does get loud, but in a fun, giggly way — not in a pounding Hungry, Hungry Hippo kind of way.
I also suggest Cranium Cadoo for elementary-school age children who can read. The instructions are also easy, and kids can figure it out with little or no help from parents. But it is also fun for parents who want to play along.
Apples to Apples Kids is also a blast. We’ve laughed a lot playing this game. Adding in the Mr. Nobody feature is even funnier.
An old favorite around here is Don’t Wake Daddy. This games makes us laugh and sometimes has had our children hiding under the table in anticipation of the daddy jumping in his bed. Very fun!
Zingo is also great fun. It’s Bingo with a zing to it. 🙂 The children can also play this by themselves, which is handy when I have to actually do some work around here during the days. But I think it’s fun to play along. This is also a game non-readers can play.
Don’t Break The Ice is also a favorite of my boys. I think it plays into their delight in destroying things.
We don’t really need a special family night set aside to play games. We’ve been playing games every evening this week after dinner. And the children and I have been playing games during the day — you know, when I should be unpacking boxes and organizing this apartment. The kids are really getting into it, too. I can’t imagine where they get their competitiveness from; but the other day when 3 year old Jackson and I were playing Don’t Break the Ice, he looked up at me and, with an evil laugh, said, “You’re going to lose.”