Now that my children are older, it's not as easy to find family activities everyone will enjoy. So, I thought I'd share a couple of games my 12 and 15 year old really love.
The first one is Scattergories. It's considered an adult game, but children 10 and up should be able to handle it. It's one of those think fast games. You have to write down 12 different people, places, or things (as described on a particular card) that start with the same letter within a certain amount of time. If you choose the same word as another player, it doesn't count. So, you need to think creatively quickly! Depending upon the letter you're starting with, the words can pop into your head easily or it can be a real challenge. Either way, it gets you thinking.
The second game is Malarky An Imponderables Bluffing Game. Players take turns reading out loud an interesting trivia question, such as "Why do chefs wear traditional tall white hats?" Then, one person is left with the card with the real answer (no one knows who it is), and everyone else has to make up an answer she thinks will make sense to everyone else. Everyone then votes on the best answer, and points are awarded based upon whether you voted for the actual answer or if those around you believed your bluff. It's a real thinking game, and you have to be able to tell a story with a straight face. What's best about this game is that children get to practice speaking skills, creative thinking, critical thinking, and storytelling. It might even spark some creative writing as well. This game really has it all.
We usually pull these games off the shelf during those cold, dark months when we're inside more often. We haven't played them in months. But they are loads of fun, so I'm hoping we'll have a chance to take them out this weekend. It's really guaranteed fun for the whole family.
Do you have any favorite family games for older children? Please feel free to add to this list.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I wish you much joy, peace, and quality family time this holiday season. And when your sink is piled high with dishes, may you be thankful for those who shared a meal and a life with you...and get them to help you make things sparkle once again! Happy Thanksgiving.