This post is sponsored by the Bupa Team Family movement.
Sometimes I see those families who go camping on weekends, or do bush walks once a month, or who plan elaborate family movie nights with themed food and activities, and I wish that was us, but it’s not us.
We have four kids ranging in age from six to thirteen, each with their individual likes and dislikes. My husband works a ridiculous rotating shift, and I try to cram in working from home any way and where I can.
I know spending time together as a family is important, I know it’s worth the effort, it’s just not always easy to find big blocks of time, or come up with something that everyone can do and enjoy.
Even if the stars align and I attempt to plan the perfect family outing, often someone will roll their eyes, or screw up their nose, and ‘team family time’ becomes ‘whining kids and frustrated parent time’.
But just because we are not a weekly-bushwalk-followed-by-a-family-date-night kind of family doesn’t mean our team doesn’t spend time together. It just means we jump in with fun, silly, quick and easy ideas whenever we find a bit of time.
Right now our favourite quick and easy family game is the very silly ‘What Am I?’ game.
‘What Am I?’ is a cross between celebrity head and twenty questions.
It doesn’t take long to play, so it’s perfect for when you only have a little bit of time but you want to put it to good use with your team. We often play while we are eating dinner!
It’s portable, (great for when you are waiting or travelling) it’s easy enough for little ones to play (with some help) and fun enough to keep older kids engaged. You can be as silly or as serious as you like, and all you need is a scrap of paper and a pen – or our free printable ‘What Am I?’
Our printable ‘What am I?’ cards have either an animal, a person, a place, or a thing, on them. There is also lots of blank cards so you can add your own ideas.
For little kids, try to stick to things they know really well – people in their family, things they can see where they are etc. For older kids try a few tricker ideas like characters from movies, or places they have never been but would like to go to.
How to play the ‘What Am I?’ game.
One person chooses a card and holds it up against their forehead, or props it up in front of them, without looking at it.
They have to ask yes or no questions and try to find out what they are.
The rest of the family answer the questions until they are finally able to guess who or what they are.
It’s a pretty simple game, nothing fancy, but it’s something we can do as a family, without a huge amount of time or effort, and it makes us laugh.
The other day we were all crying with laughter because Dad just couldn’t figure out that he was a dog, and it’s the little moments like these that go down in our family history, that become stories that get told over and over again, that become the threads that tie us together as a team.
Bupa is encouraging everyone to ‘take 10’ and spend time connecting with family, relishing the small moments together, and we are definitely up for the challenge.
What’s your favourite easy and fun family game or activity?
Leave a comment and share your favourite, easy, family game or activity. And find more ideas for quick and easy ways to connect and more information about Bupa’s Team Family Movement here.