Why have a family game night?
Games provide a great platform for adults to illustrate some great life skills, too. Team work, sharing, and winning/losing with grace are just a few of those skills. Not only are your children learning from you, but they are also practicing math and reading without even knowing it. Games provide a great way to reinforce all those new skills they are learning at school.
Each game offers its own unique FUN. Some games offer opportunities to giggle and share humorous stories, while others provide nail biting adventures where everyone must cooperate to succeed. With a creative plan, you too can start a family game night tradition that can last for generations. Whatever mood your family is in, there are great choices to fill them all! The following is a list of some of our families favorite games to help you start building your own game library.
Games, Short and Sweet! (great for those evenings when time is, well, Short!)
- Blink by Mattel
- Eleminis by Smiley Pop
- Dweebies by Gamewright
- Super Circles by Out of the Box
- Feed the Kitty by Gamewright
- Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games
- Bears! by Fireside Games
- Martian Dice by Tasty Minstrel Games
Team Work Challenges (these are great for families with multiple ages since everyone is working together and information is shared - Cooperation anyone?)
- Forbidden Island by Gamewright Games
- Castle Panic by Fireside Games
- Cranium by Hasbro
Games to Get the Wiggles Out: (especially effective during those weekends when the sun is not shining and it is too wet to play...)
- Ring-o Flamingo by Gamewright Games
- Boochie by Gamewright Games
- Reverse Charades by Gryphon Games
- Step to it by Gamewright Games
- Space Race by Gamewright Games
Brain Busting Games (for those who like puzzles and strategy)
- Got 'Em by Calliope Games
- Pirate vs Pirate (or Ninja vs Ninja) by Out of the Box
- Word on the Street by Out of the Box
- Gobblet by Blue Orange Games
- Qwirkle by Mindware
- Tsuro by Calliope Games
- Carcassonne by Rio Grande Games
- Hey That's My Fish! by Fantasy Flight Games
- Survive: Escape from Atlantis by
- Stronghold Games
Games On the Silly Side (when everyone just needs a laugh)
- Befuzzled by Fun Q Games
- Shake n Take by Out of the Box
- Faux-Cabulary by Out of the Box
- Who Would Win by Gamewright Games
- Joe Name It by Gamewright Games
- Anomia by Anomia Press
- Crappy Birthday by North Star Games
- Say Anything Family by North Star Games
Just Plain Fun! (Pirates, Monsters, the Wild West and more...great themes for the whole family)
- Abandon Ship by AEG
- King of Tokyo by Iello
- Jamaica by Asmodee
- Dice Town by Asmodee
These are only a small sampling of the wide variety of games you can find today. Pick one up, try it out, and see all the great laughs and memories you can build with your family!
Oh and one more thing...
There's no denying that great games pair well with tasty treats. The following are some great "Game Friendly" recipes to make your family game night even more special.
Pizza is always a big hit at our house. In an effort to try to contain the mess I make pizza rolls. Even though they take a little bit of time, they are delicious, self contained, and freeze very well.
4 cups shredded pizza cheese blend or mozzarella
8 ounces mini pepperoni
1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Two 14-ounce jars pizza sauce
32 egg roll wrappers
Vegetable oil for frying
2. Arrange the egg roll wrappers on a work surface
3. Spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture in the center of each egg roll wrapper. Fold the bottom edge toward the center over the filling. Moisten the top edge with a small amount of water and fold over, sealing tightly.
4. Heat 1 inch of oil to 375 degrees F in an electric skillet. Fry the rolls in batches until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
Another easy to grab favorite of ours is pigs in a blanket. They are super simple and can be made with mini dogs, sausage or regular hotdogs for variety.
Pigs in a Blanket
- 1 package pre-cooked breakfast sausage, hotdogs, or mini hotdogs
- 1 package refrigerated crescent rolls
- Honey mustard, Ketchup, or Maple Syrup for dipping
2. cut each crescent dough section in half. (cut in quarters if making the minis)
3. place a link on the wide side of the crescent dough and roll
4. bake until golden brown (about 6 minutes)
If you are looking for a quick and healthier option, try making fruit kabobs. The kids will have a blast helping you put them together and you can whip up a little yogurt or chocolate dip to make it extra special!
Simple Yogurt Fruit Dip
- 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 (8 ounce) container of your favorite flavored yogurt
So decide on a night, put it on the calendar, and have fun playing!