Thursday, September 5, 2013

Family Game Night

Did you ever cheat at Chutes and Ladders?

True confession: I did.

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And, I was an adult.

Playing against my children.

BUT, I cheated so one of them would win and the game would just be over!

However, I do think games are a great way to connect with your family, even if you have to play games you would prefer not to.

We used to have family game nights when the kids were little--lots of Clue, Parcheesi, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Trouble, before we graduated to AcquireCarcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Pictionary(well, sometimes on Mother's Day I can convince them to play Pictionary.)

Actually we still love game night. I've been to thrift shops and collected all kinds of silly games to aid in these times. We repurpose the whole game:
  •  My daughter is making journal covers out of the game boards.
  • I use the game pieces to add decor to the table during mealtime and build the excitement for the coming games (not to mention, I don't have to say, "Don't play with the centerpiece" because I let them play!)
  • We use the question cards to play games.

Recently I found a game I'd never heard of--Imaginiff. We had a lot of fun with this when we had most of the family together over Labor Day weekend. A sample question goes like this:

"Imaginiff _(name of person on left)_ were a fashion fad. Which would he/she be?
  1. Poodle skirt and saddle shoes
  2. Leisure suit
  3. Victorian corset and gown
  4. Knickers
  5. Jordache jeans
  6. Toga
Everyone chooses which answer they would say best suits the person and we go around revealing our answers and telling why. It was a lot of fun, and didn't require the careful thought of the game of Puerto Ricothat we played later did. 

Grown up or little kid, most of our children will enjoy connecting over some kind of game. Take the time with your kids today.

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  1. Great reminder - thanks! Board games really are a lot of fun - dominoes,too. That's our favorite. :-)
    Kim aka Curtain Queen

  2. Kim,
    My family likes Mexican Train, but my favorite is Chicken Foot in the domino games! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. My grandchildren love Parcheesi and Uno. I'm getting into chess with my grandson, but he'll probably be beating me routinely in a year. His other Grandpa is coaching him:)

    1. You do well to play chess! I can't think far enough ahead to do it.

  4. Family game night - so much fun! Love the centerpiece and your ideas for re-puposing old games. We have several worn out games and some with missing pieces. Now I know what to do with them.
    My family will play pictionary with me once or twice a year, if we use the big chalk board. Now, Trivial Pursuit I have to beg pretty-please with a cherry on top.

    1. I don't understand the Pictionary hang-up. I don't draw well. The don't have to draw well. And when we play, they have a great time! Have fun, whatever you play!

  5. Love game nights! Candyland and Chutes and Ladder do seem to last forever don't they. I can't wait until we graduate to some other games and I don't fault you for cheating! Thanks for linking up with us this week at the Mixer!

    1. We started sliding UP the slides in Chutes and Ladders. I could tolerate Candyland much better. I'll have to get good at it again, my granddaughter will soon be at that age.

  6. I have NEVER played Chutes and Ladders. Deprived I know!! I do love game night though!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

    1. I'll play it for my grandchildren if they want to, but I'll never give it to them or suggest it! It just takes too long. If you played Candyland you're good though!

  7. This is pretty awesome and I'm featuring it tonight! Darling. My sister is sure to do this with her kids/grandkids. Thanks again for bringing in the fun. Linda

    1. Thanks, Linda. I'll look forward to that! I appreciate it.

  8. Hi Sharon, We love board games. I think in the hot summer & winter are when we break them out the most. Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives xo

  9. We don't have very many games yet... They are on my to-buy list! Thanks for linking up to Thrive @ Home!

  10. Uno is the only table game I've ever mastered -- I can remember the rules and we get to yell really loudly (at least the way my sons play it). lol We do a lot of word and memory games at the table. Railroad spelling and Gramma Went to Montana (in her suitcase was a list of everything mentioned by all the players before) were the favorites.

  11. Love game night - esp the advanced games on your list!
    Acquire, Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne are great games.
    I love Puerto Rico too!

  12. I can not wait until my kids are old enough to play board games! Absolutely one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!



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