Fun2Do - game

  • Kindness

    Give each family member several pieces of paper, each person must write down several acts of kindness, one on each piece of paper. Throw everyone papers into a hat or bowl. Pick one person to go first, they must pick a paper and without talking must act out the act of kindness. They have one minute to get the group to guess as many acts of kindness as possible. Once the minute is up add up how many they were able to get the group to guess and that’s how many points that person gets. Keep playing rotating players. The family member with the most points wins! If acting isn’t your families forte, you can easily adapt this game to be Kindness Pictionary. You just have each person drawn on a white board or large paper instead of acting it out.

    Ideas for Acts of Kindness:
    Mowing the lawn
    Cooking a meal
    Picking up trash
    Helping someone cross the street
    Carrying groceries for someone
    Praying for someone

  • Commitment

    Have the kids plan a treasure hunt for the parents! They will have so much fun planning, and watching their plan put into motion. You can go small scale and do your hunt around the house and yard or you can create a more elaborate treasure hunt around town. Have them make a map or list with clues on places and areas they need to go. Maybe there’s a land mark the parents have to find or a small treasure at each location that needs to be found. Or come up with a list of items for parents to find at each location. Have fun together and always remember to treasure these moments.

  • Generosity

    You’ll need a pencil and paper for this game. One person should volunteer to go first. At the top of the paper, have person number 1 write down one nice thing a person can do for someone else (example: “I can make cookies for my neighbor”). Don’t let anyone else see the phrase.

    Person #1 then passes the paper to their right. Person #2 will read the phrase then fold the paper over so no one else can read what is written. Person #2 then gets 1 minute to draw a picture that depicts the phrase.

    Person #2 then passes the paper to their right. Person #3 looks at the picture and writes down what they believe the original phrase was. This pattern of writing and drawing continues until the paper goes all the way around the table and ends up back in front of person #1. At the end have person #1 show and tell the “book” you have now created.

    NOTE: If you have one or more players who cannot read yet, simply put them in between two players who can. If the young player gets passed a sentence, have the person who wrote the sentence whisper it in their ear so they can draw the picture from that. If the young player gets passed a drawing, ask them to whisper their guess for the sentence to the person on their right.

  • Gratitude

    Remember “Pick up Sticks”? Well here’s a twist on the classic. You can use the store bought game if you have it or you can make your own out of bamboo skewers you have colored. When you play the Grateful Game, every time you pick up a stick you have to name something you are grateful for. Each color represents a different type of thing. This is a fun way to get your family thinking about what they are all grateful for.

    To play, you hold all of the sticks in your hand and drop them, let them fall where they may. Then each player takes a turn pulling a stick from the pile. You cannot make any other sticks move or you lose your turn and do not get to collect the stick. The player with the most sticks at the end of the game wins. Here are the list of colors to say you are grateful for with each color:

    Red- A food you are grateful for
    Green- A person you are grateful for
    Blue – A place you are grateful for
    Yellow- A thing you are grateful for
    White- Your choice

  • Stewardship

    Is there a better way to learning about taking care of what you have, then to play a game of Monopoly!? Set aside a weekend afternoon, pop some popcorn and enjoy the game. When dividing up money for each player remember to talk about taking good care of what you are given and thinking hard before spending it in the game. Talk about making wise choices in buying property and such. There’s so many opportunities to talk about stewardship and to set the example while playing Monopoly, if you actually finish the game you’ll family will be the real winner.

  • Friendship

    Find a beachball left over from all your summer fun and use a marker to write “Get to know you” questions all over the ball. Sit in a circle as a family and toss the ball around, when you catch the ball whatever question your left hand lands on is the question you must answer. Play for as long as you like. Afterward talk about how being a good friend is about asking the right questions and listening, to actually get to know your friends.

    Question ideas:

    What’s your favorite color?

    What’s your favorite dessert?

    If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

    What’s your favorite movie?

    Who do you look up to?

    What’s your favorite animal?

    What do you like to do after school?

    What have you done that you’re proud of?

  • Respect

    Have fun and get a little messy in the process. Head outside and bring a few eggs (NOT boiled). Divide into pairs, face each other with only about a foot of space between the two of you and toss the egg from one person to another. Then take a step back and toss again. If the egg drops or breaks you’re out. Last team with an unbroken egg, wins. If you have more eggs, play again. After playing, talk about how everyone’s feelings can be fragile like the eggs we were tossing. Talk about how we need to be careful with others and think about what we say and do, always remembering to be respectful to others.

  • Uniqueness

    Play a fun game of “Guess Who?”. Get the family around the kitchen table (The more family members the better, invite grandparent over) with a stack of index cards, dice, 1 minute timer and pens. Decide who gets to be the “Judge” first by rolling the dice, highest wins, then the game play will go clockwise from the highest roller. Everyone else gets an index card and a pen, they will have one minute to write down something unique about themselves. Something like: I love candy, I don’t eat broccoli, my favorite color is purple, I sing in the shower, I love Christmas. Once the time is up pass the cards to someone who is not the “Judge” and read them out load. Once all the cards have been read the “Judge” has one minute to guess who went with each card. If the judge is right they get one point per right answer. Now it’s the next “Judges” turn, and you give out new cards and write down something different. First to 20 points wins. You’ll find out how unique family really is.

  • Creativity

    The weather is warming up it’s time to get outside and play! Grab a Twister Game or make your own! It’s always more fun to make your own, using chalk on the ground or Spray chalk on the grass create a twister board and then download a free Twister spinner app from the app store. Then have fun outside laughing and getting twisted up together.

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    As a family pick a new puzzle to do together, the bigger the better. Decide as a family an evening or weekend afternoon you will spend putting together this puzzle. It may get hard or feel impossible at times, however as a family be DETERMINED to finish! Grab your favorite snack and pop in a movie to help pass the time. It will feel amazing when you finish because you didn’t give up.

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    Play a game of tag, using an umbrella to identify a “safe” zone.

    Pride often leads us to disobey. Humbly following God’s rules,
    keeps us safe.

    Play this game to teach the concept that God protects us (from pride) like an umbrella. While you play your game of tag, have an adult hold a large umbrella that serves as a “home free” base. Runners can only stay under the umbrella for a count of ten. Ideally, arrange to play this game with a larger group of children in a play-date setting or with friends.

    Use the discussion questions below to help your children understand that God wants to protect us. When we are prideful and think we can do things on our own, refusing to follow God’s way, we often end up in trouble. So let’s stay humble.

    Questions after playing:

    Have you ever thought that you knew better than your parents and chose not to follow a rule? Which rules in our home were made to keep you safe?
    If you chose not to follow these safety rules, what could happen to you? Can you think of any rules God gives us in the Bible?
    How would life be different if we chose not to follow God’s rules?

  • Forgiveness

    Forgiveness can be a heavy but important topic to talk about as a family. Let’s lighten the mood and have a game night. Pop some popcorn, get everyones favorite candy and play SORRY the board game. As you play talk about how it feels when someone wrongs you and how we can all find a way to forgive others. Use this time to laugh, play and learn as a family.

  • Love

    You’ll need several boxes of Conversation Hearts (you can find at dollar stores), and a timer. Using conversation hearts, all players must stack as many hearts as they can in 1 minute. If your pile falls over you have to start over. At the end of 1 minute, the player with the tallest stack wins! Then go around the table and have each family member say what they LOVE about the “winner”. Keep playing until everyone gets a chance to be the winner. At the end of the game enjoy eating your game pieces!

  • Knowledge

    You’ll need to think fast to keep up with this family fun card game. Spoons needs at least three players to play, and more players means more fun. Players sit in a circle on the floor or around a table. Spoons (plastic spoons are best) are placed in the middle, one fewer spoon than players. Each player, including the dealer, gets four cards. The dealer takes one card from the deck. If it improves his hand, he adds it, discarding another card, which he slides to the player on his left. If not, he passes the card on. The player on his left does the same, until all players are passing cards.

    The first player to collect four of a kind quietly takes a spoon. When the others see the spoon taken, they grab for a spoon. One player will be left without a spoon and is eliminated from play. Play continues until one player is left.

    The more you play the faster your brain works! Have fun with this fast passed silly game that ends up with everyone laughing.

  • Joy

    Turn off the TV, put your cell phones down and hop on the couch for an evening of Christmas fun! All you need is a bowl and small sheets of paper. Have the family write Christmas items, movies and songs they love on sheets of paper. If you have younger kiddos who can’t read try drawing pictures on the paper so they will still be able to play. Fold up papers and put in bowl.

    Then play charades. The kids will laugh watching Dad reenact Frosty The Snowman! Experience the JOY of being together in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

  • Honor

    Have the family come around the kitchen table. Have a jar or bowl for each person around the table, set in center of table. You can put post-its with each persons name on each jar.

    Then give each family member small strips of paper. Have everyone write one nice thing about each person on a piece of paper then place in that persons jar/bowl.

    After everyone is done, everyone take a jar, not their own.

    Then one at a time read the papers, have the person who is being “Honored” guess who wrote each note. If they guess right they earn one point for every correct guess. Go around the table until everyone has had a turn. The family member with the most points wins!

    You can go around as many times as you like. Kids will love trying to figure out who wrote what and they will feel good hearing what their family members think of them.

  • Courage

    Do you have the courage to play this crazy game?! Conquer fears and laugh until you cry!

    Bean Boozled is a candy game. You can find in most chain stores or specialty candy shops.

    Each box is filled with both delicious and strange flavors. The catch is that you cannot tell what you’re going to get until you eat it! There are both a tasty flavors and a downright strange flavor’s. For example, you’ll never know if you’re going to get caramel corn or moldy cheese; licorice or skunk spray; coconut or baby wipes.

    If you can’t find this candy game, just grab a bag of assorted flavored jelly beans. Have each person gab one from the bag without looking and eat it, then have each person identify what flavor they ate. It might not be as nasty as the Bean Boozled flavors, however someone may still get a flavor they wouldn’t normally eat.

  • Trust

    Using a Jenga Game (or stacking wood block game) stack blocks as instructed. Here’s the twist, when it’s your turn you have to be blindfolded and TRUST the other players to direct you to which block to pick and where to stack it. Then pass the blindfold to the next player. It will take a lot of trust and team work to not knock down the tower. See how high you can build the tower by trusting one another.

  • Obedience

    It’s hard to do what you are asked to do—especially when you hear one thing and see another. Like when your teacher tells the whole class to be quiet and your neighbor keeps talking to you. Or when your brother is playing a video game after you were both asked to clean the playroom.

    This week, practice obeying what you’ve been asked to do no matter what you see by playing this mind-boggling version of Simon Says!

    How To:

    Choose one person to be “Simon”. Simon stands in front of the group and gives out commands such as “jump up and down” or “spin around”, putting the word “Simon Says” in front of any command that should be followed. If Simon doesn’t say “Simon Says”, the command should be ignored. Now, take it to the next level by having each Simon do something different from the command given. For example, when Simon says “Simon says stick out your tongue”, Simon may actually start doing jumping jacks. Whoever follows directions best, without messing up, gets to be the next Simon!

  • Faith, pt. 2

    Pick your family’s favorite board or card game. Begin playing the game, but set a timer for several minutes into the game. When the timer goes off, everyone has to trade places with the person across from them, leaving behind their cards or game pieces for the next person to pick up and play. Resume the game and notice how things change with a new persecutive. Do you each feel like your situation is better after the change? Or worse? Set the timer again and change things up one more time. How did this change affect things?

  • Faith

    Pick your family’s favorite board or card game. Begin playing the game, but set a timer for several minutes into the game. When the timer goes off, everyone has to trade places with the person across from them, leaving behind their cards or game pieces for the next person to pick up and play. Resume the game and notice how things change with a new persecutive. Do you each feel like your situation is better after the change? Or worse? Set the timer again and change things up one more time. How did this change affect things?

  • Contentment

    Do you have a board game or two that you can’t play anymore because you’re missing pieces? Use the pieces you do have to create a whole new game. Each of you takes turns inventing rules for your new game and then all of you play it together.

  • Perseverance

    Ask your kids to imagine what they’ll look like and what they’ll be doing when they become an adult. Now, give them 5 minutes to play dress up in your clothes and act out how they’ll be as an adult. Make sure to record what they say—it could be fun to show someday at their graduation or wedding!

  • Hope

    When times get tough, sometimes hope comes from the people around you. Practice leaning against each other with this game. Two people sit back to back on the floor. Link your arms together and try to both stand up. The only way you’ll be able to do it is if you lean against each other. Switch partners and see who can stand up easily.

  • Cooperation

    Although we can have fun alone, when we cooperate games become even more fun! This month, let each family member pick their favorite game from flag football to Monopoly to Play Station. Then plan one family game night for each family member. And don’t forget to have fun!