Family Game Night For A Large Family
02/03/2011 at 10:24 AM

My son and his family have moved in with us. It's a bit cramped, and we're trying to make the best of it. One thing we'd like to do is have a family game night where we all join in for fun and merriment.

The problem is there is eight of us in total. Four adults and four kids (ages 12, 10, 6 and 2). Our first attempt was a disaster. We tried "Family Game Night" on the Wii, but only four can play at a time. While four are playing, the others aren't really joined in and pretty much are doing their own thing. When time comes to change players, some of the kids want to keep playing, others are in the middle of whatever they were doing and we have to wait for them. In short, Wii is fun, but it's not quite right fr a "Family Game Night" with such a large family.

What I would like is a selection of games that is fun, spans a range of ages, and can be played by seven or eight people at the same time (the two year-old doesn't have to play just yet).

Charades comes to mind, if I can figure out how to make it easy enough for the six year-old but interesting enough for the adults.

Any other ideas y'all can help me with?


Schedule a conference for April with at least the four of you--the teacher, parents, principal, and any other professionals the school district might have. See how he is doing then. It could be that the first grade teachers are the impatient sort, and even though your boy may be ready for first grade work, the first grade teachers are not a good fit for him.