Family Game Night


The sun in shining here in Utah and the warmth has given me new energy to get moving and have some family fun. Whether you are enjoying sunshine, or still battling the cold, here is a great game for you and your family. It’s a little more of a problem solving game and is perfect for kids of all ages. It is also a great game to get your family to communicate and work together.

Play this one inside or outside, big group or small family, and have some fun. Remember, families that play together, do stay together!

p.s I will leave the solution to you and your family. Just remember not to break any rules. ;) Have Fun.

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What You Need

All you need are paper plates, or pieces of paper will work great also. Anything you can put down on the floor as place markers is perfect. You will be standing on them so be sure they aren’t breakable. We have even been known to use pillows and paper towels.

How To Play

  • Split players into two groups
  • The two teams should line up vertically and then the teams should face one another.
  • Put a paper plate under each persons feet, AND THEN put an empty paper plate between the first players on each team. So it would look like this.
A  B  C  (Empty Paper Plate) 1  2  3
  • THE GOAL OF THE GAME: is to get Side A to Side B and Side B to Side A, all facing forward. So you are looking to get teams to trade sides.
  1. NO moving Backwards
  2. A person can only “jump over” their own team mate.
  3. Only one person may move at a time.
  4. One spot per person, no sharing.
  5. If any of these rules are broken, the group must begin again.
  • A  B  C (Empty Paper Plate) 1  2  3
  • 1  2  3 (Empty Paper Plate) A  B  C

Good Luck!

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Family Game


What a wonderful time of year! Now that the presents have all been opened, What is next? Playing with our family and friends of course. Here is a great game for you and all of your holiday guests.  This would be perfect for your New Year’s Celebrations. 


You Will Need…

Bowls for each player
Cotton Balls
A way to keep time

Setting Up…

Have everyone sit in a circle around a table or on the floor. Place a dab of vaseline on the tip of each player’s nose. Put a bowl in front of each player and a pile of cotton balls next to the bowl or scattered loosely in front of them on the table.

How to Play…

The object of the game is to place the cotton balls into the bowl using only your nose. Hands should be down or behind your back when you play. After 1 minute, the player with the most cotton balls in their bowl wins the prize. So, you are essentially “shoveling snow”, or cotton balls with your nose. 

We like to play by taking turns one at a time so that we can watch each other. We use one bowl, each player takes a turn and then counts how many cotton balls they got. We dump the cotton balls out and the next person takes their turn. 

You could easily play in teams also. Depending on how many people were involved. 

Don’t forget to TAKE PICTURES. These are memories you don’t want to miss. 

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Enjoy spending time with one another!

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Creating Memories

When my kids were toddlers and babies, it seemed like the days were long.  The days were filled with diapers and toddler messes and on those really long days I would find myself watching the minutes tick by until reinforcements, in the form of my husband, would get home to help me catch a small moment of quiet…or a shower.


Fast forward…or is it slow forward just a few years and it feels like the days are flying by.  I can’t believe how quickly these kids are growing up.


With the realization that we have only two summers…TWO summers left with my oldest before he leaves the nest, creating memories with my family has become really important!


Creating memories can be as simple as spending quality time playing games at home or going on a family walk together.  We love to do this as a family, especially on Sunday evenings.


My kids enjoy being active and so we thought it would be fun to sign up for The Color Run a couple of months ago.  Both my husband and I have done some different races and we wanted to get the kids involved in a fun, low pressure event.


What do you do to create memories with your family?


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Pretzel Face – A Game For The Whole Family

It’s time once again for Heather Johnson from Family Volley to share with us some Parenting Tips as part of her

“Parenting Tips” here on The Idea Room. Here’s Heather in her own words…


It is true, Families that Play Together, Stay Together. But, playing together can be really hard when our lives get crazy busy with school schedules and all the after school activities and responsibilities.

To keep our families strong, decide now to spend time together every week. A great way to do this is to “calendar it”. What does this mean? It means if we really want our families to spend time together, we have to put it on the calendar just like all our other appointments. Otherwise it just won’t happen.

When we do spend time together, it doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. Simple games and activities, with supplies we already have at home are so fun.

Here is one of our families favorite games to play together. Play with your family, you will love it and make memories at the same time.

Pretzel Face

You will want to get out the camera. This game is hilarious.

Here’s how you play.
You will need…


You will want 10 or so for each player. NOT the straight stick kind. Have extras on hand.  
Your Face

How to play…
Everyone starts by balancing a pretzel on their forehead. Then, using only your face, you have to get the pretzel into your mouth. You CAN NOT use your hands, or anything else for that matter. 

You can’t flip it into your mouth, instead you have to use your face muscles to work the pretzel down your face and into your mouth. 

If the pretzel falls (and doesn’t break) pick it up and put it back on your forehead and start again. If it does break when it falls, get a new pretel, put it on your forehead and get moving. 

The first person to get three pretzels into their mouth wins. 

Even the littlest of players can be involved in this game. Our two year old loves to play along. 

You can all compete at the same time, or, if you want to watch because it is so funny, have everyone play one at a time and see how long it takes. Then compare times to come up with a winner.

You probably have pretzels in the cupboard. Pull them out and have some family fun. 

Want more fun family games and activities? Check out “Family Fun Friday’s”.  The book that is filled with all your family needs to play together. 


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