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Game Night*!

Updated: May 8, 2021

One way to encourage family time is to play a game together. Honestly, my husband isn't a "game guy" but we can always find at least one he'll play - and end up liking. There might be a new one here for you, so take a look. Enjoy!

(Originally posted 11/2020)

Yesterday was Black Friday. Many of us ventured to stores while many more took advantage of online shopping sales. More of those are to come on Cyber Monday, the day after tomorrow. My sister and I were some of those that went to the stores and picked up some items from our Christmas lists. We had fun and this year my niece joined us and that added to the adventure.

It's easy to focus on our shopping right now with Christmas just 27 days away!!

Yet, I know my kids aren't alone in wanting time to play with me. Yes, they play their electronics. Among Us, Minecraft, and Fortnite rule the day over here.

But given the opportunity, they will jump at the chance to play a "real" game - even at 12 and 16 years old!

So, here are a few suggestions. Some of these you may need to dust off from your closet - others you may want to buy. I've included links for all, just in case. If you hurry you might be able to get one delivered tomorrow and you could be playing almost as quickly as getting it out of your own closet.

Some games are tried-and-true like:

Battleship - I even liked this as a kid! This includes some logic and critical thinking. It's really only good for two people, though we've successfully played with teams of two on each side. The game's look has been updated. If you prefer the traditional game, you can find it here.

Monopoly is always fun. This is a good hurricane game, too! It takes a while but allows several people to play. Again, a good game for critical thinking and decision making. I like this because you can play "friendly" or hard core competitive! If the traditional game isn't to your liking, we also like Dino-opoly. There are also National Parks, Unicorns, Pixar, Star Wars, Disney Princesses, Disney Villains, Fortnite , and even Elf versions!

Clue is a great whodunit game - one that requires critical thinking and great family interaction.

My boys love the classic game, Risk. This is a great strategy game for boys centered on troop movements around the world.

There are always games for younger kids (many with multiple versions) like Shoots & Ladders, Candy Land, and Sorry!

Finally, we like the newer game Rubik's Race. This one is really just for two players but is fast and requires logical, spatial thinking.

No matter what game you choose, take some time to play a game as a family. Your family will enjoy the time together as you build memories!

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