Family Game Night Games Can Help You Survive Family Game Night with Toddlers
Since I am the mom of four and there is about 8 years of age difference between number 1 and number 4, I will admit that at times I have to really get creative to have fun as a family. Let’s face it, it is not often that a toddler and a junior high student have the same interests. This is one of the things that I love so much about the family game night box full of games that I received from Spin Master Toys. I was able to really play games with all four of my children and I could survive family game night with a toddler.
I received a family game night pack that was filled with four of the hottest games of the season. The games included Headbanz Act Up!, Beat the Parents Family Challenge, Moustache Smash, and Shark Mania. We loved playing the three that we tested out during our family game night and I am sure that they are something that your family would enjoy as well. (On a side note: I will follow up with some more pictures in the future. I thought that I was videotaping the last game night from time to time and my phone ran out of memory so I was not doing anything….oops!)
Tips to Survive Family Game Night with a Toddler
**Choose Games That Everyone Can Play
One of the things that I love about Shark Mania is that it is really a game that everyone can play. Now we already had this game as Huxley had gotten it for his birthday. This game is a TON of fun and one that we actually play quite a bit from time to time. There is a learning curve and maybe even a little frustration in the beginning so I would suggest setting up and playing once alone before you have your child play. Otherwise it is a game that everyone can play fairly. Our 3 year old and our 11 year old both enjoy playing this one and they genuinely seem to have a good time playing.
**Have Fair Teams
With the game Beat the Parents Family Challenge we know that it is going to be hard to have it be children against adults. Instead we tend to split things up a bit and do the game split into teams that are more fair. This does not mean that the children do not still get to do the children tasks on the card and the parents continue to do the parent’s task. It just makes it easier for them to play since playing without our 11 year old would mean that one team could not really read completely yet. (Althea is a good reader for her age but as a 1st grader some of the questions and words would be way to hard for her!)
**Find Ways to Let Everyone Play Fairly
I am a strong believer that children should not get special rules in a game. This does not mean that they are always going to lose. The thing is that I want my children to lose sometimes so that they learn to be good sports and not sore losers. I made the mistake with the oldest where I always let him win when he was little and he still gets really upset if he is playing games and not doing so well. So when it came time to play Headbanz Act Up! I looked at the things on the card and picked ones out for the little ones that they would potentially know what they were. Some of them were things that a 3 year old or a 5 year old might never be able to figure out. They still had to play the game by the rules but the game was adapted so that it would be possible for them to play.
**Focus on Each Child’s Strengths
Each one of your children is going to have strengths and their strengths will come into play in different board games. Althea has really good hand and eye coordination so I think that she will be amazing at the Moustache Smash game.