Family Game Night

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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.
Rules
  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.
STARTING ORDER
  • A  B  C (Empty Paper Plate) 1  2  3
ENDING ORDER
  • 1  2  3 (Empty Paper Plate) A  B  C

Good Luck!

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Movie Night Printables



Valentine’s Day is coming.  What are you doing to celebrate?  Since we have 5 children and don’t always feel like sharing our night with several strangers cramming into the same restaurants, we usually have a nice low key night at home…with the kids!

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We have, in the past, done a nice candle-light meal and some chocolate fondue with the kids.  They love being involved and really…they are the most important people in my life so it makes sense to include them.  Then, because it is important for my husband and I have to our own relationship, we will plan a date for just the two of us at a different time.

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This year I thought it would be fun to plan a family movie night and make it a little extra special.  I shared this with you earlier as part of a Group Valentine’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway.  The lucky winner has received her fun Movie Night Gift Basket, but I thought it would be fun to share these fun printables with you too in case you might want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your own movie night!

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Print out these fun tickets and give them to those you would like to invite so they can anticipate a fun evening at home with their favorite people.  Pop up some popcorn and chill some of your favorite drinks in an ice bucket.

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Fill up a basket lined with a kitchen hand towel to make this fun Popcorn Basket (basket found at Home Goods) or print out this Popcorn Box Template I shared for the Fourth of July (red popcorn box pictured above).

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Hang up a painter’s drop cloth (which I cut down to hang nicely in front of the fireplace in our living room.  This can be used as a decoration with some fun bulb lights or you can actually project your movie on it for a real movie theater or drive in movie feel.

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Gather up your blankets and pillows and make sure you have plenty to get cozied up and comfortable for the main feature…or two.

To download the Movie Night Printables click here:

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And…just because I am curious…what is one of your favorite movies? What movie will you watch on your Valentine’s Movie Night?

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Family Game

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The last few weeks here in Utah have been hot hot hot. Regardless, our kids still want to be outside. All day. long.

In order to hang out with them, and not worry that they are “bak’in like a toasted cheeser”, we have had to get creative, beyond the sprinkles and water guns.

Here is the perfect game for you and your family to play while you are trying to beat the summer heat.

It is also perfect for family reunions, neighborhood parties, and birthday parties! And it will keep your kids busy for hours. Which is always a bonus. Just don’t be surprised when it turns into a big family water fight.

You Will Need…

Blindfolds

Clear Plastic Cups

Small Handheld Mirrors (1 mirror for every two people)

Pitchers (we use really big plastic cups when I don’t have enough pitchers)

Water Supply (hose works great)

Side Note: I like to get my mirrors at the Dollar store. I picked up a bunch of pitchers and plastic cups there also. Saves a ton of money.



To Play…

Split your family or group into teams of 2 people each.

Give each team a plastic cup, mirror, and pitcher of water.

One person from each team will sit down on the ground, and using only one hand, hold the empty cup on the top of their head. With their other hand, they will hold the mirror in front of them.

The second person on each team will stand, holding the pitcher of water, blindfolded. They will be standing above their teammate who is sitting on the ground.

And now for the fun part…

The person with the mirror, who is sitting on the ground, has to use the mirror to direct their blindfolded partner. They are trying to give them directions to fill the cup up with water that is ON THEIR HEAD! Needless to say you will get wet in this game. But isn’t that the fun?

Teammates are not allowed to touch one another, and can only direct with verbal feedback as to what their teammate needs to do to pour the water from the pitcher into the empty cup on the top of their partners head.

When the cup is full, it is time for teammates to switch places and play again. The teammate who poured the first time is now sitting on the ground. And the one sitting with the mirror, is now standing up, blindfolded.

The first team, where each team member takes a turn at both sitting and standing, WINS!

Remember, families that play together, do stay together. Enjoy playing and laughing with your family this summer.

What is your family’s favorite summer game or activity?

Has it been hot this summer where you live?

Have a question, or just want to say hello? You can find me at FamilyVolley.com. On Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Or send me an email. I love making new friends. 

 

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