5 Great Family Games to Play on Thanksgiving
But, as I’m sure you can imagine and understand well, finding a common activity for everyone to enjoy isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do when you’re dealing with a group spanning 4 generations. But it’s a noble goal to strive for, because it’s special to see our 7-year-old and our 3-year-old playing together with their grandparents and great-grandparents – especially if everyone is having fun.
My wife’s family is very big into card games that can be played with a standard deck of cards – games like Spades or 99 – and those card games will always be a part of our festivities. But those games don’t exactly have the themes that will capture the attention of young kids, and sometimes they don’t accommodate enough players for a big party. And I also simply love bringing something new for everyone to try each year.
Last year ICECOOL was a big hit, and if you combine it together with ICECOOL2 it can accommodate up to 8 players at once. But, admittedly, the penguin flicking didn’t quite spark the interest of the great-grandparents. So this year I’ve already been putting a lot of thought into what could bring everybody together.
And so I’ve come up with 5 games to bring to Thanksgiving this year. You might say they combine the attractive simplicity of classic card games and party games with the style and themes that help them appeal to our kids too. I think they all work quite well starting right around our son’s age of 7 years old – and their widespread appeal truly earns that plus on the recommended age of 7+.
The times I spent with my mom and dad’s extended families on Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of my most vivid childhood memories – so I know that it’s family traditions like these that will mean a lot to our kids when they grow up. And I sincerely hope you find something on this list that adds a little fun to your next family gathering and helps you make your own memories.
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