Playing games at family gatherings leads to laughter, bonding, and great memories. Several of our favorite family game night ideas don’t cost a thing- you just need something to write with and something to write on.
I’ve included modifications to some of these games to try to include little ones – pre-readers and pre-writers – as much as possible.
- Charades: Divide equally into 2 teams. Each team chooses a tv show, quote, movie, song, or book for other team to take turns acting out. Modify it: Tell the little ones what they need to act out- making sure it’s something they are familiar with. For complete rules, click here.
- Pictionary: Similar to charades, but you draw rather than act out the clues. Modify it: We have the adults and older kids do most of the drawing, and the littlest join in energetically for the guessing! They also sometimes draw their own clues- usually announcing, “I’m going to draw a ___!” before they begin! For complete rules, click here.
- Scavenger Hunt: Divide into 2 teams, and each team goes into one room. Each team creates a list of items (agree on a number) for the other team to find. Exchange lists, and see who can complete the list first.
- Classification: Each person creates a grid of 6 by 6 boxes. Agree on 5 categories, and choose a 5 letter word. Set the timer for 10 minutes, and try to come up with an item in each category for each letter of the word. This is one we play every time my extended family is together. We love it so much, check out this post for classification rules.
- Treasure Hunt: one person creates a series of clues, leading up to a treasure. Hand the first clue to the players. It will lead to the location where the next clue is hidden. Everyone can work together or compete in teams to find a small “treasure” hidden at the end. The treasure can be as simple as lunch or a small snack for everyone.