My family is big into games and I love them too! We especially like to play New Years Eve games to ring in the new year. It makes for perfect family time and encourages friendly competition. We’ve got several game ideas to easily play with a group of people. Some of these are more make it yourself games and some are ones you can purchase, but we love them all!
Deal or No Deal
First up is Deal or No Deal. Most of us have seen the game show on TV, but have you tried playing it at home? My grandparents let each of their grandkids try for $20 every New Year’s Eve! It is such a fun game for kids to play and the adults get a kick out of the kids playing too, and who doesn’t love the chance for money?
We play the same way as the game show, except with a maximum payout of $20 and usually a smaller number of “cases”. My grandparents use manila file folders for the “cases” with the number glued to the front and the amount taped on the inside so when the “case” is opened it reveals the amount. Be sure to tape the amounts on the inside so you can easily mix them up by switching the amounts in each folder.
My grandpa is the “bank” and makes offers every three cases opened. Once you’re down to the last case, you have the option to keep the case you chose in the beginning or to change for the remaining case. It’s really easy setup because you just need manila folders, tape, numbers for the case and amounts to put in the case. Just be sure to switch the amounts in the cases, or someone might catch on and correctly guess the $20 case!
Four Letter Words
This is a funny group game. You may have seen this game played on Hollywood Game Night. Think of 10 four letter words and three clues to go along with each word.
Get two teams of four people each, if you have lots of people, you could try three teams of four, but it’s fun to have spectators watching. Blindfold each team member and then give them a letter in the same order on each team. I’ve used these kid foam letters or you can sometimes find foam letters at the craft store. Give the players the first clue. You can make the clues generic or tailor them with a few family jokes. The team has to work together to correctly spell the word blind folded by feeling their letter and communicating well. The first team to spell the word correctly wins!
Here are a few words to get you started:
BARK, FALL, SNOW, JUMP, FOOT, BALL
This is one of my all time favorite games. It’s simple, addicting and fun for all ages. This game comes from the 1940s and I wish they were still producing it because I would love to have a copy of the original game, but I still haven’t found a place to purchase it. In my desperation to have my own Snake Eyes game, I made my own cards that you can print and make yourself. This game is also nice because you can play with two players!
Plastic Wrap Candy Ball
This one takes a little prep, but is fun and can be played with a large amount of people. We played it this year with my extended family on Christmas Eve and it was a hit with the adults and kids. Wrap up candy, money and any other prize you’d like in this plastic wrap ball.
We started with a chocolate orange and a $5 bill taped to it, which was the grand prize, throughout the layers we used two bags of wrapped chocolate and random dollar bills folded up. Stretch a layer of plastic wrap to cover the prize. Add a few more layers of plastic wrap and add candy, money or other prizes randomly in the ball.
To play the game, everyone will circle on the ground or around a table. Someone will start unwrapping while the next person rolls two die until they get doubles. When a double is rolled the ball will be passed to the person who rolled doubles and the die will go to the next person. Each person will get to unwrap until the next person rolls doubles.
This is another fun for the whole family game. It’s a game of telephone with illustrations. It can quickly become a hilarious game! There is a family game which is easier for kids and the original wich is fun for adults because it’s more challenging.