This game is super easy to play and only requires a minute of preparation time. Write everyone's names on a piece of paper and throw them in a bowl. Before your family sits down for dinner, ask everyone to draw a name. Everyone then has to sit in the other person's regular seat and act like them during the dinner. Make sure to draw again if you pick yourself so you don't lose out on the fun! You can also write characters from your favorite show, animals, or family members that aren't present on the tags and impersonate them during dinner.
If you're not really in the mood to play a game, this little gratitude round is the perfect way to put a positive spin on your day. Everyone gets to tell the group two good things that happened that day and one thing that wasn't so great. Make sure to say one of the good things first, then talk about something that you didn't like, and end with another positive event that happened to make the story a sandwich that's easy to digest!
When you're done talking, pick the next person to build their gratitude sandwich until everyone has shared stories of their day.
This game is fun when your kids are a little bit older and have the vocabulary to describe different ingredients. Ask everyone at the table to guess the list of ingredients that are in the meal being served. You can just shout out the ingredients you think the cook used or give everyone a legal pad to make notes of what they think is in the meal.
If you have multiple people contributing to the dinner (appetizer, main course, dessert) you can play multiple rounds!
It doesn't get much simpler than this: start a story with the words "Once upon a time…" and go around the table so everyone can add a new sentence to the story until it's over.
If you like this game, you can ask your kids to write down a bunch of different themes, locations, events, or names and toss them in a jar. Draw one of these papers before your next dinner and tell a story that revolves around it!
This game can be played in groups or with everyone fending for themselves. Write a bunch of words or phrases on paper slips and throw them in a bowl. Draw a paper slip from the bowl, read it aloud, and ask everyone to write down as many songs as they can think of that have that word or phrase in them. Set a timer for two or three minutes to add pressure! For every song you wrote down that nobody else thought of, you get a token!
Last but not least, this is a cute game to get everyone out of their shells. Appoint a "laugh master" whose job it is to make other people on the call laugh! For every giggle, cackle, or full on belly laughter the "laugh master" gets a token. You can pass the torch around so everyone gets the chance to make the rest of the group laugh.
Recipe by: Savannah Koenig in Mason County, Kentucky
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