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Thankful for Game Night

Last December I walked in the door after a looooong day of working with my mom to see my husband and kiddos sitting in a circle looking like the photo above.

I had been up and out the door at 5:00 am and it was now 6:30 pm.  I took one look at my family and laughed myself silly.  They were playing the game Hedbanz, a gift that had just been delivered that evening from a friend.

That’s not the first time I’ve laughed hard while playing Hedbanz.  Our family loves to play.  The object of the game is to stick a card in your headband without looking at it, then ask questions to help you guess what you are before the sand timer runs out.  The first person that guesses three cards wins the game.  The cards are objects, food or animals.  Playing with kids can get interesting when you are something like a hamburger and ask “Am I an animal?” and they all say yes… you can spend a lot of time not realizing that you were an animal.

Our family has a tradition that every year for Thanksgiving we get a new game.  I’m not a Black Friday shopper, so Thanksgiving weekend is usually spent in PJ’s, playing games, watching movies, sewing and making Christmas gifts.

Since I just picked up Scrabble, this year’s game, I thought I should share a few more games we love to play:

There’s Hedbanz of course.

We also received Bananagrams as a gift this past year and love it.  It’s a crossword game where each player is racing to use up all their tiles to win the game.  I love that even younger kids (beginning spellers) can play (though not competitively with an adult) and it really helps their spelling skills as well as strategy.  It comes in the small and handy banana bag you see, which means it’s a perfect game to take on vacation.  We spent some fun evenings playing it at our family’s Ranch vacation this past summer.

The other word game I LOVED playing at the Ranch was:

Quiddler is awesome.  We’ve had it for a few years, but our kids have been too young to enjoy it.  This past year they finally got the hang of it. It’s still enough of a challenge, that its not usually their first pick to play.

I, on the other hand, love to play Quiddler.  When the adults played it at the Ranch, the games were VERY competitive!  Thank goodness for dictionary apps, or a few of us might have gotten away with creating a some interesting new words.

The object is to use all the letter cards in your hand to create words.  Each card has a point value that gets added if it’s used in a word and subtracted if it doesn’t.  Each round you receive one more card and the game gets more interesting.

If you have older children, say 11 and up, or want a game to play with adults, I highly recommend Quiddler.

Last year for Thanksgiving, I was able to find Clue… the real old school Clue… as in Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlett kind of Clue.  That has been a family favorite all year.

If you’d like to read about a few of our other favorite games I wrote about them here and here.

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4 Responses to “Thankful for Game Night”

  • CarrieBeth:

    I love Quiddler. It is sneaky hard. Starts off not too bad but as cards get added in each round, it gets tougher and tougher. My grandma always had a fun new game on Christmas day. I specifically remember playing Cootie one year with my Uncle. And then there was the year of Electronic Battleship. Bombs and explosions all afternoon. So much fun!

  • I love that you had to try to figure out hamburger!:)
    Thanks for the ideas.

  • this is so darn cute. I need to put this game on the gift list!

  • Diana B:

    Thank you so much! I have been looking for some good recommendations. I traditionally give a game as a family Christmas gift.

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