When I was younger my brother and I would always try to come up with games that we could play together. That was one of the joys of having a little brother… even when he would beat you at them. One of our favorites for in the house was knee football. Pretty simple… just throw the ball to the other guy from your knees while they are on there knees and then tackle the other guy trying to prevent him from getting past you for a “touchdown”. Our games really were not that creative. Just fun. Dangerous (somewhat). Competitive.
These days in home games are insanely creative thanks to a television show called Minute to Win It. This weekend my student ministry is going on a retreat. One of the many things that I have had to do in preparing for this retreat is to come up with some games that are appropriate… fun… and inexpensive. The best source to find games like this is http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/how-to/. Last year was our first year using Minute To Win It games and they loved it. Their favorite is Pencil Bowling. Roll a marble to knock over a pencil. We do it with a person on each side of the pencil that way the roll the marble back and forth until you have a winner.
Families over the place are getting in on the fun. Check out this article on how families are ripping off games from Minute to Win It and using them for their benefit. Need a family night idea? Go to the Minute To Win It “how to” site (above)… choose some games that you already have the materials for or can pick up at the store… see who can complete the “task” first. If your family is anywhere near as competitive as mine is… the competition will be enough to keep you entertained for awhile.
I hope you can use this resource to help you stop procrastinating that family time.
What has been your favorite family night idea for you and your family?