5 Fun Family Games To Play Over Winter Break

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Pete started winter break today, and I’m completely jealous because I’m working. He’s in the garage playing guitar, and I’m upstairs, searching for my motivation. I’m taking two days off after Christmas though, for some family.

What do you guys do when you have family time?

We love playing games. When we have family over, we often sit around the table and play card games. We have a few other favorites too, so I figured I would put together a list of fun games for you to play over winter break.

5 Fun Family Games To Play Over Winter Break

1. Apples to Apples.
Apples to Apples is my favorite family game. It’s, basically, the PG-rated version of Cards Against Humanity. Most people like Cards Against Humanity, but for me, it’s a little too racy for certain company. There’s no way I would ever play that game with my dad. I’d rather have a game we can all play together, and Apples to Apples is it.

If you haven’t played, here’s a quick rundown. Everyone has a hand of cards with all different phrases on it. The dealer picks a card from a separate deck and reads what it says. Everyone chooses the best answer from their hand. The dealer reads all the choices and selects his/her favorite. The winner is whoever’s card was chosen. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins.

2. Left Right Center.
Left Right Center is a really simple dice game that anyone can play. You start with three plastic token (although you can substitute three pieces of candy if you’re playing with kids, three dollars if you’re playing with adults, or three lotto tickets if you’re playing with my family). You roll as many dice and you have tokens left. Each left you roll means you give a token to the person to your left, same with the right. The star means you put it in the pot. And a dot means you get to keep it. Whoever is holding the last token wins the whole pot.

This game is so much fun because even if you’re out of tokens, you can get lucky and the person next to you sends one your way. You always have a chance to come back and win, so it’s a lot of fun.

3. Yatzee.
All of a sudden, Yatzee made a comeback in our home. My parents invited company over when I was visiting them in Florida and we played Yatzee all night. It was so much fun. So when we had family visiting for Thanksgiving, we broke out Yatzee again. It’s such a simple game at the core, but when you start getting into strategy, it can really be a challenge.

We play so that you can only get one Yatzee per round so that no one person pulls too far ahead of anyone else. My mom claims that’s the way the rules used to be, but I’m not so sure.

4. Double Dominoes.
Last year, Double Dominoes was our jam. We spent so many winter nights playing Double Dominoes as a family. It’s a lot more fun than regular dominoes, we decided. There are different rows per person and you can sometimes play on their row if you don’t have a spot to go on at your row. It’s a little more interactive, I think, than regular dominoes.

If you are a fan of dominoes and decide to play Double Dominoes, be sure to read the instructions (or just Google them). There are a few differences you want to be sure of.

5. Watch Ya’ Mouth.
Watch Ya’ Mouth: Throwdown Edition was a new addition this Thanksgiving. Everyone gets a mouthpiece and during your turn, you (and another player) have to compete to do various tasks. Some are saying words, others are drawing with a pencil in your mouth, and one is eating a cracker. It’s so funny to watch your family trying to speak with a mouthpiece in. We laughed so hard that we cried.

My friend has the original version of Watch Ya’ Mouth, which is just filled with phrases cards. She said her kids want to play it all the time. I would definitely recommend that one. The phrases cards in the Throwdown Edition were the funniest. The challenges were a little frustrating because I was always getting up to get props we needed: a cup, paper, pencils, crackers. It killed the momentum of the game for us and caused some of the players to leave the room and not return!

What fun family games do you like to play during family get togethers?

3 Comments

  1. Jamie

    December 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    We just learned that Left Right Center game recently and it’s so fun. Easy to play and perfect for all ages! :)

  2. Andrew

    January 2, 2018 at 8:02 am

    We love board games and with some huge snow predictions coming later this week, I think we may need to play a few of these! Thanks for the tips/reminders!

  3. Crystal Green

    January 2, 2018 at 11:39 am

    These are all some wonderful sounding games. Many of them I’ve played with my family. Our favorite is Triopoly. The Watch Ya’ Mouth.

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