One of my favorite things to do with my family is to have family game night! Our kids are little, only 3 and 6 years old, but that is not too young to bust out the board games and challenge each other to a friendly race to the finish!
Having such young kids means preparations need to be made before the games can get underway, but with a few moments of time, it is possible to make sure everyone has a great time and the competition remains friendly and fair! To help encourage you to get your game on with your family, no matter how old or young they are, I am going to share my secret tips to a successful game night!
Clean the Game Area!
Like I mentioned, my kids are small, so there is always a chance of having a sticky table. To keep our board games in good condition, we always take the time to wipe down the area.
Turn off the tv and put the tablets and phones away! Family game night is a great chance to focus on each other. The emails, messages, and programs will be waiting when the games are over.
Prepare the Snacks!
Game night kind of requires a few snacks! Pretzels, veggie sticks, and crackers are good options that result in little mess. Keep the snacks close enough to access but away from the game, as to not interfere with game play.
To keep arguments at bay, we strategically seat the children. We place the kids opposite of each other, so they can both reach the board and a parent is on either side of the kids, to help read cards as needed and to help the children stay focused on the game, instead of what the other child is doing!
Be a Good Sport
I remind my children that no matter who wins, the point is to have fun! I cheer for everyone playing, to show them winning is not all that matters. I love when they follow my example and give each other high fives for a good move!
Plan for Breaks
Having little kids means the odds of someone needing to use the potty is high. Plan to take a break in between games so the kids can stretch, snack and go to the potty.
I hope these tips help you prepare for a funtastic game night! There is no denying the connection that is formed through such a simple family activity. No matter how young or old your kids might be, taking the time to be together is a recipe for wonderful memories!
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