Winter is dragging on, the evenings are cold and summer feels like a lifetime away! When the weather and daylight are not on your side, and the kids have too much time on their hands, it can be a struggle to keep everybody off those pesky screens. Zombie kids are all too common these days, and although peace and quiet has its upsides, nothing gets everybody laughing and learning, and the time flying by, like an old school games night.
We’ve put together a list of 5 fast and fun games that are guaranteed to zap a bit of life back into all the family- from tiny tots to teenagers, grades 3 to 103, and no WiFi required!
Eye Sketch, You Guess
Googly Eyes is a wacky twist on the classic drawing game. You never know what you’ll end up with. Pick a card, pop on the Googly specs, and draw the clue. Sound easy? These crazy goggles have other ideas- they’re madder than a monkey wearing Granny’s bifocals! What’s that supposed to be? Is it an elephant or a donut? Is it a plane or fish? At least Granny can blame her squiggly lines on the specs, not that last sherry!
She said what now?
Game Of Things is the ultimate “who-said-what” game. Pick a card of one of hundreds of topics, from the inadvisable to the downright silly. Everyone writes down an answer and one person has to guess who said what. “Things you’d eat for a million dollars?” Oi! Who wrote “Uncle Jim’s Lamb a la banana”!
Your point or mime?
Write down a bunch of things on some pieces of paper: Movies, Celebrities, Foods, Animals – anything that takes your fancy. Just maybe not the Full Back from the ’79 Champion’s Cup team, ok Dad? Split into teams, then one from each team picks a clue from a hat and has a minute to tell their team what it is, using only the ancient power of…. Mime! Looks like that Interpretive Dance class you took at the gym is about to really pay off! If your team aren’t up to scratch then the other sides get to ‘steal’- no cheating now!
Pent up expression!
Pass the Pen is all about expressing yourself in a hurry! In the world’s fastest drawing game the pen tip disappears after only 10 seconds. The pen is mightier than the clock! Other players have to make sense of your squiggles but when the time is up it’s over to another pending Picasso to pick up where you left off. The ultimate in quick-fire fun, who said you can’t make great art in a hurry?!
It’s the classic game of Telephone! Beloved by Corporate team-building days all over the world, this is also a lot of fun to play at home.
Everybody stands in a circle, then somebody whispers a word or a phrase to the person to their left. They whisper it to the next person, along with an additional phrase. Nothing too rude please, guys! The story goes around the circle, getting longer and crazier as it goes on, and the last person says it out loud. It’s a fun challenge in memory and imagination, but probably best to make sure Grandad’s hearing aid is fully charged before you start.
What’s your favourite game that you play at home with the family?
These Top Picks are thanks to Talkin’ Toys??
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