Family game night was once a standard in many homes, but times have changed. It’s easy to get caught up in new technology and forget about simple group activities that used to bring so much joy. Whether you’re looking for a weekly hour of fun or a monthly night in, game nights are great for building relationships within the family. They help improve speech and social interaction; they create a stronger bond between child and parent, and they also challenge children with their fine motor skills, problem solving, quick thinking, and strategy. Parents have the opportunity to spend more time with the kids, uninterrupted, which in the long run helps create lasting memories. Sound good? Try these tips to start a family game night this month.
Game Night Planning Tips
- Give your family notice so that they can clear their schedules. No one likes to feel like they have to cancel plans or squeeze something into an already packed day.
- Order pizza, or any quick and tasty treat that will keep the whole family full while they play. Get a bag of candy to nosh on while playing Candyland—or another snack that fits the theme of the game.
- Pick two to three age-appropriate games that the entire family will enjoy. Allow your children to be a part of this process.
- Form teams. This can be a great way for siblings, parents, and caretakers to bond and “join forces.”
5 Timeless Family Games
2. Card games, such as Old Maid or Go Fish