Family Game Night

Thanksgiving Game Night

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‚ÄĒ Jenna Morasca

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to gather and give thanks for all the wonderful things we enjoy in our lives. There is so much to be thankful for and after a long day of cooking, eating and watching football our early evening often come to a close by heading to the movies or watching a old holiday classic on TV. This year instead try out these family fun games to help pass the tie and keep the family together and laughing a bit longer. 

 

We’ve put together a list of tried and true games that will get the whole family laughing and working together, and they’re suitable for most ages. The best part? Almost all of these games are completely free to play, and you’ll need only minimal supplies, if any. So let’s get started!

Would You rather

Borrow this¬†classic car game¬†for household use if you have elementary school-aged kids. It’s a favorite with this age group, and they’ll love coming up with their own questions (or you can search for some online). Be prepared for a hilarious (and possibly gross!) good time‚ÄĒtrust us, your kids will find a way to bring “boogers” into it.

Plan A Scavenger Hunt

Plan a scavenger hunt for your kids to complete in your house and/or your yard. Although this game takes a bit of advance planning, the great thing is you can adapt it to just about any age, from toddlers to teens. Toddlers benefit from picture-based hunts with familiar objects like balloons or teddy bears, while teens will enjoy a challenging scavenger hunt that comes with riddle-like clues. And coming up with the game ought to keep you entertained as well.

Charades

This classic and prop-free game is a perfect way to pass the time when everyone’s bored and cranky. All you need to play are your imaginations. Take turns coming up with topics and acting them out. Clues can be as simple or complex as you like, depending on the ages playing.

Minute To Win It

With a little bit of ingenuity and some common household items, you can come up with tons of Minute to Win It-inspired activities for the whole family. The object is to complete a certain task in less than a minute, and the ticking clock definitely ups the excitement. Check out this ultimate guide of Minute to Win It games for some ideas.

 

Pong

Remember beer pong? You can actually play it with your kids (sans alcohol, of course) if you happen to have some Solo cups (or something similar) and some ping pong balls laying around. Set the cups up however you’d like and split the family into teams. Give each person a shot at getting the ping pong balls into the cups. Change it up by challenging everyone to bounce the ball once first or dream up your own variations of this fun¬†family game.

Hot Potato

There’s something about Hot Potato that converts even the most reluctant game player. It’s hard not to get totally into it once that music starts playing! Create a fun playlist that appeals to your whole family or use one of the hot potato songs on¬†YouTube¬†that stop and start at different intervals. Anything relatively soft that can be passed easily can serve as your potato.

Laundry Basket Skee-ball

Using laundry baskets and a makeshift ramp, you can recreate this super fun skee-ball game from Frugal Fun for Boys. Looks like a blast!

Spoons

This fast-paced card game is a favorite among kids and adults alike. Place spoons in the middle of the table; one fewer than the number of people playing. Deal four cards to each player. The object is to get four of a kind. To do so, the first person draws a card, then passes one of their cards to the person on their left. Play continues around the circle until someone gets four of a kind. That person then picks up a spoon, and it’s a race for everyone else to pick one up as well. The person stuck without a spoon gets an “S.” Get to S-P-O-O-N, and you’re out!

20 Questions

Everyone’s already familiar with this classic game, most often played in the car or used as an icebreaker. Repurpose it for the family, maybe as everyone’s finishing dinner one night. It’s super fun and easy to play, requiring nothing but a bit of brain power. Get started here

Pictionary

Here’s another game you can easily make on your own. Split the family into teams to see who can figure out what their teammate is trying to draw. Don’t have a white board or a chalkboard? A chalk marker on a french door (where each team gets one side) totally works too.

Bingo

Draw up your own BINGO cards, or use this awesome site to have BINGO night, quarantine-style. You can even come up with prizes, like a night off from chores or the opportunity to choose the next movie you all watch together.

Bunco

If you’ve never played bunco, now’s the perfect time to try it! All you’ll need are some dice to play this fun game. It’s so addictive, chances are you’ll want to continue your family bunco night after every social gathering. This easy rules breakdown¬†explains how to score.

Yahtzee

Sure, you could go online and buy a game of Yahtzee, but did you know it’s super easy to make your own? All you need are five die and this¬†printable Yahtzee score card.