It can be pretty cold this time of year, so outdoor play should probably be limited. Plus, when the family gathers for holiday get-togethers it might be easier to keep track of all of the kids if they are indoors, especially if there are any special needs children. And anyway, playing games with the entire family can be lots of fun. So here are some suggestions for some fun indoor games.
One of my favorite things to do this time of the year, in addition to watching Christmas movies, is to play family games. My family and I have game night every week anyway, but it’s especially fun when we get to play with our extended family during holiday get-togethers. This is so much fun for my family and me that I decided to make a list of my top five favorite indoor kid-friendly games.
- Charades is a classic that will probably never go away as kids get to show off their acting skills. Although families generally make up their own rules for charade, the traditional way to play is to identify five categories: quotations, movies, plays, songs, books, and tv shows. Each player gets to choose to act out something (or someone) from any category during their turn and the audience has to guess what it is. The person who guesses wins the round and goes next. This might be a little tough for younger kids so grownups can feel free to help out.
- The Alphabet Game is probably one of my all-time favorites. It’s so much fun and the kids especially will have a blast. The category is decided at the beginning of the first round then play goes around in a circle. The first person has to identify something in the category that starts with the letter A, the circle claps their hands and snaps their fingers and IMMEDIATELY the second person gives a response with the letter B, and so on. For example, if the category is cities, then the first person could say Antwerp (Belgium), the second person could say Boston (America), and so on. When a person misses and doesn’t give an answer in about 3 seconds they have to drink a quick gulp of something bitter (unsweetened tea with NO sweetener at all works well.) Keep going until you reach the end of the alphabet or until every player has had at least one gulp of tea (or whatever beverage you choose.)
- Pictionary is another one that never gets old. Get ready for the kids to laugh at your artistic skill because even if you’re an artist, things can get a little funny. In this game you draw an item from different categories and your team mates have to guess what it is. This can become quite entertaining.
- Hot or cold is a favorite for little ones. One player chooses something in the room and the other players try to guess what it is. The person tells them whether they’re getting closer in proximity (burning hot) or far, far away (super cold). The youngest ones in the group will probably really enjoy this one.
- Uno is by far the BEST family card game out there, in my opinion. One card is selected and placed face-up on the table (or floor or wherever you’re playing). Each player takes turns matching either the color or the number on the card. The non-numeric cards such as skip, reverse, wild, and draw two add some spice to the game. Whoever gets rid of all of their cards first wins that hand. But when a player has only one card left they have to yell “uno” or run the risk of having to draw more cards. This game is usually lots of fun for little ones.
- Beanboozled is pretty fun too. It’s basically Russian roulette with jelly beans. There are tons of flavors of jelly beans, some of them pretty good and others – not so much. The catch is that many of the flavors look alike. So you won’t know the difference between the lemon and the “rotten egg” flavor until you pop that yellow jelly bean into your mouth. Watching the various facial expressions as everyone takes turns trying the jelly beans is priceless!
There are so many different child-friendly indoor games that you can play. These are just a few of my favorites. What are some of your favorites?