As wives and mothers, don’t we all want thriving communication with our family? Aren’t we always trying to find ways to draw our kids closer together?
Of course! There is nothing sweeter then fun family memories!
Today I was wanting to share one of my favorite ways to spend a family evening. Although I LOVE movie nights (as I talked about in my Family Movie Night post), there is an added communication benefit to turning off the TV and sitting around the dining room table playing a game!
Good for any age
Just like with family movie selections, game choices will change as children grow older. Through my childhood we went from playing Candyland and Pass the Pigs to Risk and Clue. But the great thing is that all members of the family can be involved!
Josh and I enjoy playing a good card- or board-game on a Saturday afternoon when Heidi is napping. But it is equally fun to have her sitting in her chair on the table, interacting with us as we play.
I am looking forward to having many more children, and us all gathering around the table and finding ways to all connect! We could choose a younger game that will include the little ones. Or we could play an older game and ask the younger ones to be our “teammates” and “assist” us so that everyone is still involved.
The best games
Growing up, my family always had a shelf FULL of games and although there are many games out there that I’ve never played, I want to mention a few of my favorites for family time.
- Younger games
- Older games
Canasta/Hands-and-Feet – A favorite of both of Josh’s and my families. Card games that can be played either with individuals or teams.
Spoons – As long as you keep an eye on the spoons you have a chance to win!
Also make sure to check out Split Second, Chronology, Bananagrams, Skip-Bo, Catchphrase and Jenga!
The bottom line is that no matter what games your family falls in love with, family games night are an inexpensive, fun way to grow together and make amazing memories! I think I’ll plan one for this weekend! How about you?