Games: Family Favorites


Our family loves to play games. We look for them at yard sales, we enjoy all different kinds, we just love to play. Aside from video games, here are our family’s Top Five Games (in no particular order).

  • Catch Phrase

We don’t even play this in teams or for points very often. We love guessing games and it is very funny to hear some of our family getting tongue-tied as the time speeds up. Some of us are REALLY good at this game.  Some of us have made it onto other’s Facebook pages because of our … um … inventive answers.


  • Mao

OK, this is a card game that I REFUSE to play! Really, I don’t like it one teeny weeny bit. But the children love it. I must admit that I can always tell when they are playing this game because the house gets very quiet. They love to play it with visitors but people either love this game or hate it. It’s never that much fun when a guest hates it. But my children still play it anyway.

  • Disney Scene It (well, I love the Turner Classic Movie version myself)

We are a family that loves movies. And we are a family that quotes. Actually, this was one of the major ways I knew that the children were mine (they look much more like my husband), their quoting skills. I have quoted movies for as long as I could remember but I love that my children quote back and almost always recognize my quotes. So Scene It really fits in with movie trivia.

  • Celebrity

This is surprisingly a very fun game for all of us. You write the names of 5 famous names (real or fiction) on 5 different pieces of paper and put them in a hat. Round 1 is to pull out a name and give clues to that person’s name. You keep going until the timer runs out and play continues until all the papers have been used up. Then you put all the names back in the hat and begin Round 2, where you pick names again and give only 1 word clues. Round 3 is doing pantomime clues for the name. It is always fun.

  • Scattergories

Fortunately, we have several copies of this game so we have 12 sets of each card. We do, I admit, have lots of debate over the validity of some of our answers! Sometimes, LOTS of debate! But it is always fun.


We do have in excess of 40 games in our closets (yes, I said closets), some are more fun than others, some require you to be in the mood, some work for just a few of us.

So, what are YOUR family favorites?



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  1. our family likes Disney Scene It
    Uno “spit” it got that nick-name from a friend who thought the machine was spitting the cards at him. it’s really Uno Attack

    my kids love to play left right center for candy rather than chips.

    my kids love GIANT Spoons.

    no matter we play it’s fun to be together & share in the making of memories

    • Tracy, thanks for coming by and sharing your family’s games! I have never heard of Giant spoons…do tell!!

      • Have you played spoons? card game where you put 1-less spoon on the table than the number of players. 4-players = 3 spoons.
        The first person to get 4 of a kind grabs a spoon, as soon as others see the first spoon get taken its a mad-dash for the left-overs.
        Giant Spoons is just that, GIANT plastic spoons. I’ve also had the pleasure of playing extreme spoons, where spoons are placed in random places at a distance from the table your playing at, people have to race to get spoons.
        Its really a lot of fun.

  2. We love games too! I’ve been trying to clear out and organize our familyroom and asked my guys if there were any games on our game shelves we could get rid of. Well, five games are gone, but the four shelves are still packed with others.

    Our oldest son recently taught us the card game Hand and Foot which is a variation of Canasta. It is tons of fun.

    • Elizabeth, we have a hard time getting rid of games with missing pieces…I’m so impressed that you were able to get rid of ANY!! I love Canasta, I’ll have to look up Hand and Foot!

  3. Our newest game “addictions” are “Settlers of Catan” (and it’s many variations) and “Ticket to Ride”. I think your family would especially love “Settlers of Catan”. Have you heard of it; or played it? We are so hooked, but it’s a game that makes you think, due to the variables in the play of it. Anyway, gets my recommendation….but it’s for 10yrs. and up, i’d say, unless you have a really bright 8 yr.old.

    Miss you, Sweetie…..could you email me your phone #? Been thinking you and I need to have a good long chat one of these days! Love, love, love you!

    • Cathy, I’ve always been interested in Settlers of Catan but never bit the bullet to get it. I will email you my number…any time after July 6 (the wedding) would be good. I’m sort of on the hot spot until then! Love and miss you too!!

  4. That’s fine….our niece is getting married on July 7th. July 6th will be mine and Gary’s 39th wedding anniversary! And we love each other more each year….praise be to the Lord!

  5. p.s. – “Spoons” also a Ladbury favorite….try playing it with about 15 Marines….uhhh….suffice it to say, some of my spoons were never the same shape again…but, oh, the fun and laughter…!


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