Matthew and I have really been working on being intentional at night with our kids. Family game night is one of those efforts.
After working all day, it would be easy to zone out and not really engage.
But that kind of night is not the evening memories we want to create.
One way that we have slowed is on having family game night on Thursday nights. After dinner, baths and jammies, the kids each get to pick one game to play as a family. Depending on the games and the amount of time we have before bed time, we might play them several times.
The kids LOVE it! Literally, when I pick them up from school and mention family game night, they jump up and down and start discussing what games we are going to play that night.
I believe that simple traditions like a weekly game night are incredibly important in nurturing a family.
Here are a few of our family game night favorites:
Uno : Uno has always been a favorite of mine and I am thrilled that my kids seem to love it as much as me. Adeline obviously needs help, but the four of manage to have pretty awesome competitions. This has been the game of choice for a few weeks. This is Elias’s favorite game, hands down.
Hungry Hungry Hippos: What kid doesn’t love this classic game?!
Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game: This is a darling cooperative board game, which means there is no one winner. Perfect for young kids.
Don’t Break the Ice: Breaking things is always fun. Adeline and Elias squeal when the man falls!
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game: This game is ADORABLE. It is sort of similar to High Ho Cheery-O, but way cuter. It includes a big squirrel “squeezers” that you use to pick up different color acorns. I can’t recommend it enough.
The Ladybug Game: I bought this game at a garage sale and had no idea that it would become Adeline’s favorite game. She is OBSESSED with it. It’s a great learning game that teaches colors, numbers and symbols.
Elefun and Friends Game: This has been a family favorite for years. The elephant blows butterflies out of his trunk and it is always a free-for-all catching them!
Go Fish! Card Game: We love Go Fish. I especially like this version because the cards also have numbers on them.
Let’s Go Fishin’: The kids love to catch this fish in this battery operated game. Although, by the end, Adeline likes to try to grab them with her fingers. 🙂
Bonus: I also just bought these Gamewright Little Hands Playing Card Holders to help the kids when we play cards. My mom used to have something similar for my sister and me. I think they are going to love them!
Do you have a family game night? What are your favorite games?
This post was inspired by Tsh Oxenreider’s new book, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. This book was one of my favorites that I read last year (I received a pre-release) and it releases tomorrow. If you are someone who craves a slower, simpler life, you will be so inspired by this book. I highly recommend it.
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