It’s a pretty common fact that summer is the perfect time for kids to try all kinds of new adventures and activities, since they have a lot more free time. But with all the fun options available during the warm months, making sure to take time for family bonding is important too!
In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a family game night for spending quality time together and connecting with one another. So implementing a weekly night of games is a great way to add some extra fun to the summer season. For a successful game night that will get both kids and adults excited, these three tips from MATTEL Games are a great starting point!
Prepare your space.
Transform your everyday living room into the ultimate game room! This can be as easy as ensuring there are enough cozy seats for everyone who is playing, turning on background music that is upbeat but not distracting and setting up a variety of delicious snacks. These small changes will show your little ones that you’re taking the game night, and family time, seriously.
Play a variety of games.
While some people have a preference for particular games, others may want to change it up. Designate a set amount of time that you will play each game to ensure you’re keeping everyone entertained and allowing people to try their hand at something new. Starting with UNO™ then moving on to Apples to Apples™ before Pictionary™ will keep everyone entertained while giving them the opportunity to win at a new game!
Disconnect to connect.
While it may be difficult, make a rule that no one is allowed to have any technology during the few hours you have together. This includes no television or cell phones as they may take away from the moments you’re sharing with your loved ones. By disconnecting from technology, you will be able to better connect with your family members.
To help you kick off your game night, MATTEL is offering one lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader a MATTEL Game Night prize pack containing UNO™, Pictionary™ and Apples to Apples™, a $57 value! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about how your family stays connected during the summer months.
The best thing about a family game night is that it can be tailored to suit the interests and ages of everybody participating. Even the youngest participants will love games like Whac-A-Mole Stack-A-Mole and Chameleon Crunch, while families with teenagers will enjoy more challenging games such as Scrabble and Mad Gab. But no matter which games are your family’s favourite, game night is sure to result in plenty of laughter, fun and family bonding!