Make Family Time During the Holidays a Blast With These Fun Games!
Growing up, I loved playing board games. From Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders to Girl Talk Date Line and Sweet Valley High Game (remember those girlie games?), board games were a fun way to pass the time. They provided entertainment beyond sitting and—gasp!—actually talking with friends.
Perhaps we should take a cue from our childhood this holiday season. Instead of gathering in the living room after dinner to—gasp!—talk, why not stay seated at the table and serve up your favorite card, tile or board game? You’ll keep your family happily distracted so you won’t have to field such awkward and inappropriate questions as “Who did you vote for in the election?” and “When do you plan to have another baby?”
When it comes to spending an extended amount of time with your extended family, maybe more playing and less talking is the key to having a good time! Here are some ideas to get you started:
Apples to Apples – Create comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events—the funnier, the better!
Bananagrams – Fans of Scrabble and Words with Friends will love this fast-paced, easily-portable word game.
Cranium 2.0 - This updated version features an innovative three-way folding game board so players can choose the length of the game.
CUBU Card Game - Modern colors and patterns just add to the fun of this brainy party game, where visual illusion leads to confusion.
Electronic Catch Phrase – A fast-paced combination of Password and Hot Potato, this small electronic unit gives the clues and keeps score.
Family Charades In-A-Box Compendium – This all-in-one games includes six versions of charades—Picture, Kids, Family, Animal Party, Hollywood, and Time Capsule—for players of all ages.
Fat Cat Portable Table Tennis Conversion Top – For use on any flat surface, this table top flips to reveal checkers and backgammon boards.
Set – The family game of visual perception, this challenging card game tests your skills of memory and observation.