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I’m a TV addict. It’s not that I sit and watch with rapt attention. No, for me the TV is more like background noise akin to the constant sound of traffic in Manhattan or crickets in the country. Regardless of the show broadcasting whether it’s “The Flintstones” or “Modern Family”” I just need to hear the hum of voices. And I will admit instituting Tech Free Family Game Night Activities Kids will LOVE has been a challenge ( for me).
I blame my parents for my obsessive need to have the television turned on at all times. Because television was the soundtrack of my childhood, and the TV could be heard at any given night at 3 a.m. emanating from my parents’ bedroom, it’s become like a security blanket enveloping me in its digital world. I’m trying my best not to engender this same artificial need for contrived sitcom plots in my kids. And to that end, I’m attempting to unplug my kids as often as possible from the tube and other tech gadgets. So to that end here are some Tech Free Family Game Night Activities Kids will love that don’t involve any TV or computers so we can engage one another without all that noise cluttering up the space and air.
BOARD GAMES WITH A TWIST
It can be a challenge to get your kids to sit around a flat piece of cardboard, but these Tech Free Family Game Night Activities Kids which include games from Pressman Toy are alternatives that will keep your kids engaged.
It’s no surprise that Rummikub is so popular–it has all the elements that make a great game: it’s easy to learn and fast moving, it’s different every time it’s played, it combines luck and strategy, and it changes quickly so every player has a chance to win until the very end. And with more than 50 million units sold, Rummikub is one of the world’s best-selling, and most-played, games. Players take turns placing numbered tiles in runs (consecutive numbers of the same color, like 2, 3, 4 in red) and groups (three or more of the same number in different colors, like a red 9, a blue 9, and a black 9), rummy style. It’s easy to learn, but packed with strategy–the”board” changes all the time as players adjust the tiles on the table. The Joker tiles add to the fun; they can be any color or number. The object is to be the first player to play every tile on your rack. Players keep track of who wins each round–the player who wins the most rounds wins this time-tested tile game (there’s also a point system for use as a tie-breaker). Rummikub is ideal for people of different ages to play together, and it’s great for a game night too. When kids play, it reinforces STEM and STEAM concepts such as sequencing, pattern recognition, and planning skills. It’s got lots of exciting moments, but it’s also designed to bring people together, with plenty of opportunities for talking, chatting, and sharing with family and friends.
School your friends in this hilariously funny game of wits and wagers. Based on the highly popular F in Exams book series, players take turns reading actual sidesplitting answers kids have written to test questions, and then place bets on what they think the correct answer is to the question. How much would you bet that you know what a sonnet is? How about changing 7/8 to a decimal? The player with the most points at the end of the game wins! Can you make the grade?
Pressman’s Your Worst Nightmare is designed to help players face their fears. For up to 4 players, this fun and creepy game features 300 beautifully photographed Fear Cards that depict scary and funny fears. The first player to score 13 is the winner.
The Chicken or the Egg Game from Pressman is a fun, fast game of “which came first?” Players pick cards that pose face-off questions that will provide both laughs and knowledge to your next game night.
Mastermind is the classic strategy game where players make and break codes. The codemaker sets a code using the color pegs and your mission is to break the code in 10 moves or less!
VIRTUALLY TRAVEL AT HOME
E.N. Joy (enjoywrites.com), author of the American Library Association award-winning book, “The Secret Olivia Told Me,” believes a great way to spend a family night sans technology is to have the family virtually travel to a different country by turning their living room and kitchen into a country they’ve been dying to visit. They can, for example, pick up Hawaiian items at the local dollar store and decorate their living room and find some Hawaiian recipes on the Internet. Then next time they can go to Japan or Mexico â€” the destinations are endless.
How to get started: Hit up dollar stores. For anywhere between $20 to $50, you can nab all the decor and accessories you need such as Hawaiian leis, straw hats, expandable paper pineapples and pine trees for $1 and construction paper and cardboard to make passports. You even can order special stamps to stamp fake passport books.
What kids will go gaga for : Feeling like they have visited China, India, Hawaii, Mexico, etc. In addition to getting dressed up, and getting their parents to dress up, you’ll get great pictures for a scrapbook.
Parent perks : The family will get to bond because it’s a joint effort that takes everyone getting involved. Picture everyone writing down their desired destination, placing it in a bowl, then drawing out the winning destination. Have kids create a passport for every family member. Take out your own passport photos or dig through old photo albums.
Overall : It’s economical and a great way for parents to engage their kids. Even the act of revisiting your old photo albums will be a delight.