Maybe I am alone in this, but it seems like no matter what my children are using for store bought toys or games, eventually they just want to do something simple. I am okay with simple; simple is good! Sometimes they just want to color or use play dough and other times they want to play games. They have their board games which they enjoy, but sometimes we like to mix it up a bit!
Here are some of the games we like to play together when we do family game nights, when the weather outside is less than ideal, or whenever we just want something fun to do!
My daughter has always liked playing charades, although her version is called, “the game where we act like different things, but without sounds, and have to guess what we are!” Yes dear, we call that charades! Whatever you want to call it, (I would go with charades since it’s a bit shorter, but it’s your choice!) it is a fun (and free!) game to play with your kiddos. It requires nothing for materials, unless you want to use these charade ideas, which can be printed, cut apart and ready to go in a matter of a few minutes! Now all you have to do is draw a card and act it out without making any sounds (although for my 2 1/2 year old we sometimes have to make an exception to this rule!) while the other players try and guess what your card says.
This is another game that my children really love playing, even though their parents have zero artistic ability! In this game each person takes turns drawing a card (you can use you own cards or get cards from this list of pictionary ideas), and they say if what is on that card is a person, place, or thing. Then they start drawing (on a white board, chalkboard or paper) while everyone guesses what they’re making. In addition to the cards I made, you could also have themes such as Disney Characters or things from a favorite movie or book. When we play this game we don’t have teams, keep score, or set a timer when we play because our kids are younger, but for older children these things would make the game more fun and challenging!
I know that as a child I enjoyed scavenger hunts, and if we are being honest, I still think they are pretty fun! And my children would agree; they love them too. I often think of scavenger hunts as things to do outside when the weather is nice, and that is definitely a great time to do them, but they are so much more versatile than that.
The other day I was looking for something fun to do with my kids; something that we could do indoors. We live in Maine and lately we have been having some cold, snowy, icy, windy weather. We are used to the cold and snow, but the wind and ice are just miserable (plus I am kind of a wimp when it comes to the cold!). So I am very thankful that I found this huge collection (75 to be exact!) of free printable scavenger hunts at My Joy-Filled Life! There are scavenger hunts for just about everything, including ones you can do inside, yay!!
More Fun Game Ideas…
- Everyone loves I spy, so head on over to Live laugh Rowe to find some cute I spy games that are all ready to print and play! My kiddos enjoy these games and I am sure yours will too!
- I had never heard of the game “Don’t Eat Pete” before, but I saw it on The Game Gal and thought I would print it off and give it a try. Oh. My. Goodness!! My kids LOVED this game! It is so simple and easy to play, but there is just something about it that makes them laugh every time! Hmmm, a game that is free, fun, easy and one my kids love…yes please! I spent a lot of time looking through the many games on The Game Gal and boy does she have some awesome ones!
- One last game that we enjoy playing is Bingo. And you don’t have to play using a board with just numbers anymore (although it is a great way to practice number identification). Thanks to a bunch of creative people, you can now find Bingo games that relate to many different themes, making Bingo even more fun! There are a lot of free games out there for you to print, including these 23 free bingo games from Bugaboo City.
I hope you have enjoyed looking through this list of fun and free games that you can play with your children. Creating this list came out of my desire to find something fun to do indoors that would help get us through the cold winter months, but I know that we will be playing these games all year round because my kiddos love them that much! What are some other games that your kids like to play?