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15 Family Game Night Ideas

Our family had fun family tradition. Every year, we spend one night with our children for an epic family game night where we use kids toys and come up with a new fun game to play all night long. It has created so many memories for his family and the kids talk about it all year and constantly ask when the next one will be. It’s definitely their favorite family fun night. Nights like these are what kids remember about their childhood. 

Do you ever find yourself running out of ideas for fun family activities? Here is how to do a No Rule Night and 19 other ideas for your future family nights.

1. PASS IT ON

Product: Rainbow Scratch Notebook

Super simple, yet pretty genius game where not so perfect drawing comes in handy. It’s like a broken telephone game, only this time is in drawing. Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes. It’s miscommunication at its best!

Perfect for terrible artists! It’s our go-to game when we have 6 players.
Get the printable files and instructions here.

2. TELL A JOKE

Product: Bowling Game Set

You will need: spoon and small ball.

Challenge: Tell a joke while holding a spoon in your mouth with the ball in it.
It wasn’t that hard to tell the joke while holding the spoon in your mouth. The hardest thing was to not to laugh after the joke together with everybody else.

3. KNOCK IT OUT

Product: Ball from the Bowling Game Set

You will need: orange (or tennis ball or an apple) and nylons. Put the orange in the nylons and put it on your head.

Challenge: try to knock over water bottles placed on the floor. Silly, but fun! So fun!


Who wins? Whoever knocks off most bottles in 1 minute – WINS!

4. TEAR IT UP.


Product: Bear Slingshot

You will need: at least 2 toilet paper rolls, long stick, chairs, rubber bands, 2 empty plastic water bottles with lids.
Put toilet paper rolls on the stick and hang the ends on the chairs (or let family members hold it). Get empty water bottle, open the top, put a sheet of toilet paper roll and put the top back on. Let the bottle hang.

Challenge: Using rubber bands and and paper “bombs” shoot the toilet paper until it rips and falls together with the bottle. Check out our rubber band slingshot station we made the other day.

Who wins: Time it and see who is the fastest in ripping the toilet paper.

5. YANK ME GAME

Product: Stacking Cups
  • 4 paper (or plastic) cups
  • 3 slips of paper
  • timer

Challenge: Stack cups on top of each other with paper slips in between each of them.

Then, starting from top try to yank each paper without the cup falling and destroying your tower. The cup has to fall on another cup and then another cup and then another cup. Until there are no papers left.

Contestants have to do this within one minute or if more than one playing – whoever does this FIRST – wins! It will take practice, fast motion, patience. But it’s all worth it!

6. SUCK IT UP

You will need thick straws (thin ones work too), small sheets of paper.

Using straw players will need to suck the paper sheets and transfer them from one pile to another. Whoever does this first WINS the game.

7. This Blows

Product: Stacking Cups

You will need: 2 deflated balloons . 1 blue and 1 red for two teams. Stacking cups or plastic drinking cup.

Challenge: Blow air into the balloons and knock over stacking cups lined on the edge of the table like this

8. Junk in the Trunk

Product: Mini Bowling Game Set

You will need: 2 empty face napkin boxes, string long enough to tie in participants waist, Pins and bowls of the Mini Bowling Game Set

Challenge: Shake your body, and empty the napkin boxes, who ever empties the boxes first wins!

9. THE NOSE DIVE GAME

The Goal
The goal is to transfer cotton balls from one bowl to another. In order to do this, you'll be using only your nose, which has been dunked in petroleum jelly. Sounds like fun, right?

How to Play
Stand in front of the table facing the bowls, with your hands behind your back. When the timer starts its one-minute countdown, bend over and dip your nose into the petroleum jelly. Then, stick your nose into the bowl full of cotton balls and get one of the stuck on your nose. Carry the cotton ball on the tip of your nose over to the empty bowl. You can re-dip your nose into the petroleum jelly at any time, as often as needed, as you play. To win the game you must get five cotton balls from the first bowl to the second in one minute or less.

10. SEPARATION ANXIETY

Product: Stacking Cups

The Goal
The goal is to sort colors from the M&Ms unto each stacking cups. Whoever sorts all colors first wins!

11. What if

Someone writes a “what if” scenario, then you pass to the next person. They fold it over and write the “then” statement. You read them in a way that makes it really funny!

Supplies: pencils and paper.

12. Charades

Product: Rainbow Scratch Art

You can never go wrong with a classic game like charades. Simply split into teams and then have one person from each team act out a movie, book, or TV show to see who can guess the answer. This is a great game for introverts who want to be less shy.

13. Disney Pictionary

Product: Rainbow Scratch Art

The goal is to have everyone or the team guess the title of the movie by drawing it. You can write the word or a letter. Whoever guesses it first wins!

14. Limbo Rock

Product: Jump Rope

The Jump rope is held parallel to the ground by two people (or propped up on a stand). The contestants form a line and, in turn, they attempt to pass under the bar. After everyone in the line has made an attempt, the bar is lowered an inch or two and the process repeats.

The rules of limbo quite literally make it a last-man standing process. A contestant is eliminated from the game where he falls over, touches the bar, or is otherwise unable to completely clear the bar without touching the ground.

15. Pyramid Flip

Product: Bowling Game Set

In the illustration below, the 10 bowling pins are arranged in such a way that they form a pyramid. Can you turn the pyramid upside down by moving just three pins?

Flip the pyramid by moving only 3 pins.