With the kids out of school for the summer months, we’ve been spending ample amounts of time together as a family. Whether we are off on our travels or at home, there isn’t a lot of time which we aren’t together. As busy as we are with fun activities, there is lag time in there and being so used to ‘go, go, go’ – the ‘I’m bored’ statement sets in from time to time.
While to don’t designate actual ‘board game nights’ together, we do break out the games from time to time – evening in the mornings. We’ve been playing them most out at our summer creek property when camping. It’s a nice way to spend the time together, surrounded by nature, when tech items are absent. I guess you could say we disconnect to reconnect. The girls are known to have an intense game of UNO by the campfire, right before we break out the s’mores.
Here are some game night tips from Mattel:
Prepare your space – Transform your everyday living room into the ultimate game room! This can be as easy as ensuring there are enough crazy 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 UNOTM then moving on to Apples to Apples before Pictionarywill 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.
Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.