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Two Fun Family Games You Can Play Tonight!

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Have you ever scrolled through Netflix or dug through your game cabinet on a Friday night and thought, “We’ve done it all! There’s nothing left!” Or the games you try to play have so many pieces that they take all night to set up (if you still have all the pieces). Sometimes you just need to simplify with some fun family games that are no-frills.

These two fun family games are good whether you have a 5-year-old or a 15-year-old. They are sure to make everyone laugh and setup is so easy that you can be ready to play in three minutes. Try them both tonight and tell us which is your favorite!

Want to Buy a Donkey?

  1. You’ll need five or more people to play.
  2. Two people sit in the middle of a circle with the others around them. One of the people in the middle is the donkey, the other is the donkey’s owner.
  3. The owner chooses a prospective buyer (anyone except the donkey), and asks him “would you like to buy my donkey? (The point of this game is for the owner to make the prospective buyer smile or laugh.)
  4. The prospective buyer answers “no”
  5. The owner says, “Are you sure? He can do really cool tricks.”
  6. The prospective buyer says “Like what?”
  7. The owner then has the donkey perform a trick—for example: act like a monkey, bark like a dog, do a dance, etc.
  8. If the prospective buyer doesn’t laugh, the owner chooses another buyer. If the buyer laughs, he becomes the donkey.

This fun family game is a great way to show your kids you haven’t forgotten how to be silly. There are no winners or losers; it’s just good for a belly laugh and to get everyone moving.

Crazy Questions and Answers

  1. You’ll need three or more people to play.
  2. Give every person 10 small slips of paper and a pencil.
  3. Have each person write a question on one slip and the answer to the question on another slip of paper.
  4. When everyone is finished, put all of the question slips in one bowl and all the answer slips in another.
  5. Now the fun begins! The first person grabs one question slip and reads it. Then, he or she reaches in the answer bowl and randomly pulls out an answer and reads it. More often than not, the question and answer don’t match, but, boy, are they funny!

This one is great for kids who are learning to read, but also fun for older kids who can write some pretty clever questions and answers. Sometimes we need games like this to remind us that every stage of parenting is fun for a different reason!

What’s your favorite fun family game to play on a Friday night?

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