It’s the small things in life that we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts, like spending the night at home with the family and a few games. This weekend, gather up the gang and give these fun games a try for the best family weekend ever!
1 | Cool Card Games
There’s a reason card games never get old; they’re classic and fun for the whole family. They also teach our kids basic skills like counting, taking turns and how to be a good sport, of course! Here’s a card game for the family to try out next time you all spend an evening indoors.
Number of players: 2-5
Cards: Standard deck of 52 cards
How to play: Assign a “dealer” to deal the cards face down to each player. Players cannot peak at their cards, but instead put them into their own pile face down. The player to the left of the dealer goes first by turning the card on the top of his pile face up in the center of the table. The game continues with each player adding a card to the face up pile. When a jack is turned, players try to be the first to “slap” their hand over the face up pile. Whoever slaps their hand on the face up pile first gets the entire stack of cards and adds it to the bottom of their pile. The player to their left starts a new face up pile and play continues. If a player has run out of cards, they have one more chance to stay in the game by slapping the next jack that appears. If they miss this opportunity, they are out of the game for good. The last person in the game wins!
2 | Perfect Puzzles
Puzzles are the perfect way to get the family working together. Depending on the age of your children, choose a puzzle the whole family can take part in. It’s oh-so satisfying to admire your work together at the end!
3 | Pencil and Paper Games
Looking for a family game with a quick clean-up? Try this simple activity that’s silly and easy to play!
Foldovers (courtesy of todaysparent.com)
Give everyone a piece of paper. On the top section, draw a head. It can be an animal head or a person’s head, as weird as you like. Now fold that section back, so that it’s hidden, and slide it across the table to the next person. Without looking at the hidden drawing, the next person draws a chest and arms (of a person, animal, alien), folds it back as well and passes it on to the next person. Without looking at the previous pictures, that person draws a body (stomach and hips) and the final person draws the legs and feet. (You can have more or fewer sections depending on the number of people you have playing.) Finally, unfold your papers and laugh at the weird creatures you have created.
4 | Arts and Crafts
It’s fun to let your creative side run wild with the people you love. Blend the creativity and produce an awesome piece of art you can decorate the house with.
Melted Crayon Art
Get a blow-dryer, a canvas, crayons and a hot glue gun. You’ll probably want some old newspaper to lay down too in case of wax splatters.
Decide the color arrangement you’d like, and hot glue the crayons pointed side down on the top of your canvas. Lean the canvas up against a wall with the newspaper resting under it, and use the blow-dryer to blow the crayons. The wax will melt in the direction you hold the blow-dryer and make beautiful crayon art!
5 | Family Board Games
Dust off one of your old board games lying around the house and gather around the table for some fun family competition!
6 | Charades
Split the family up into 2 teams and play the classic game charades. Charades is a fun indoor game to get the kids active and engaged!
7 | Pictionary
Pictionary is fun for all ages. Divide the family into teams and take turns drawing out your selected phrase on paper. The team with the most points at the end wins!