Family Game Nights


By:  Vanessa Armstrong/

You may remember my blog about summer bucket lists, one thing that I include every year is a family game night.  Playing games together is one of the kids favorite activities. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I have a small addiction to board games, card games, really any kind of game! It’s a good thing I’m not the only one in the family that likes to play. One of the biggest challenges for family game night is finding games that are age appropriate and fun for everyone.   My kids are 13, 10 and 6 and finding something that all three of them like can be hard. Here are some of our favorites.

Candyland. Believe it or not, that is still a favorite around here! The only downer is only 4 people can play, so someone always gets left out.

Too Many Monkeys is a card game that all five of us love, it says it’s for ages 6 and up, but with a little help, a 3 or 4 year old could play.

Uno, a classic. Harper my 6 year old, needs a little extra help on this one, but the big kids love it, so we make it work.

We also like to do Minute It to Win It. Remember the game show that was on a few years back?  You can look on Pinterest for all sorts of fun, easy ideas. Everyone gets a kick out of watching the other person try to complete the challenges, plus it’s usually pretty easy to customize them to any age.  A couple of our favorites are, “tossing cheese puffs on to shower caps that have shaving cream on top”, you have to see how many puffs you can get one in 1 minute.  We  love, “Cookie Face” you have to move the cookie from your forehead to your mouth in 1 minute. 

Another super easy one around the holidays is the “Christmas Cliffhanger” you set 5 Christmas cards up on a table.  Players must blow the Christmas cards across the table and hang them from the edge of the table. The player who successfully hangs the most cards off the table in 1 minute is the winner.

I hope that some of these suggestions have inspired you to pull out those board games or browse Pinterest for your own ideas for a family game night!


Vanessa Armstrong is one of our Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. Before joining Lenawee Great Start, Vanessa worked as a photographer and served in the United States Air Force of 10 years. She is a Florida native who has been living in Tecumseh with her husband Sean and their 3 children, Keira, Cooper and Harper since 2010.

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