Unlike a few decades ago, children’s’ activities are quite different now. Playing with phones, tablets, and video games are more common themed. Although you can find your family-fun playing video games or watching a children’s TV show with them; some good old-fashioned bonding is much-needed.
Simple games such as Snakes and Ladders or card games can be really beneficial. In addition to spending quality time together, some games can enable cognitive abilities for your children (e.g. chess or checkers. Depending on the game you play, your children have to communicate about various things. It will help to bring you closer, creating lasting memories.
Here are a few you can give a try this Christmas:
If you have a child in their preteens or teens, trivia games can be a lot of fun. It’s quite a versatile game that can be adjusted to any theme you want. When it’s the season marking Santa’s arrival, Christmas movie trivia is the game to play.
Split the family into teams and then have them guess some of your favourite or least favourite Christmas movies.
A good ole’ scavenger hunt is an enjoyable time for everyone. You can make the game as complicated or easy, depending on your child’s age. Choose a Rudolph or any other Christmas ornament and create an elaborate hunt for your child.
You can switch things around if you have an older child. Have them hide the ornament and create the hints so you and another adult can race for it. They can create a prize for the winner or a dare for the loser.
There is nothing inherently Christmassy about board games but what’s a holiday where the family doesn’t get heated over a game of Monopoly?
Board games can be really fun and challenging. If you have a slightly older child, games such as Settlers of Catan, 221B Baker Street, Cluedo, and Crystal Maze can be very interesting. They might even bring out the child in you.
Board games for younger children include Frustration, Articulate, The Sock Game and more!
Games for the Teeny Tots
Toddlers should also get their fair share of the family game night on Christmas Eve. Simple games with Christmas themes can be a lot of fun. For example, you can make a game of stacking Christmassy items or help them build a snowman using old boxes, paper and twigs from the garden for hands.
The goal is to spend some quality time together during the festive season.