Tis the season for the winter weather advisories and storm warnings. As Mother Nature dumps 2 to 3 feet of snow on your town, you and your kids stuck indoors, stir craziness may set in. However, being together does not have to be time spent where you just wait out the storm. Here are some supercharged games that you and your kids can create and play right now.
– Poster board or cardboard
– Markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens
– Construction and loose-leaf paper
– Dimes, nickels, pennies, quarters
1. Create a personalized, family board game
Making a personalized board game that is meaningful to your family can be a fun and bonding experience. A piece of poster board, or if that is unavailable, some cardboard can serve as the game’s board. You can choose a theme, such as “family facts” or “family events.” Perhaps, you just want to design some general questions. A question and answer set-up can work. Just use scissors and construction paper to make cards, as you write a question on the front and an answer on the back. Then, pile up the cards. Draw some spaces on the game board that read “choose a question, move ahead, lose a turn.” You can leave some spaces blank. Decorate the board in any way that like. Some ideas include writing family members’ names, gluing family photos to the board, or peppering it with artwork. Coins can be used for game pieces. One or two dice can be rolled to move across the game, the first person to hit the finish line declared as the winner.
2. LGBT history game
This will require some research, but is also an educational experience. Some major figures and events in LGBT history include Harvey Milk, the Stonewall Raid in New York City, and how gay pride festivals were created. Gay parents and children can narrow the focus to gay events or include a little bit of everything.
Some possible questions include:
– What state legalized same-sex marriage for the first time?
– Who was the first celebrity to come out as gay?
– When did we first hear about being transgendered?
– Why is the Matthew Shepard tragedy so important?
Gear the questions based on the age of your children and use the same board game feature as the family game idea.
3. Famous LGBT celebrities
Within the past 10 years, many famous musicians, actors, and actresses have come out as gay. You can have some fun with this game by just asking each other questions using construction paper made cards or by going the board game route described in the first two games. For board games, each family member can print out photos of LGBT celebrities and glue them on the game or just write their names with markers on the board.
Some possible questions to ask:
– When and how did Ellen DeGeneres come out?
– How many kids does Neil Patrick Harris have?
– What songs talk about coming out or being in a same-sex relationship?
– Who is Lance Bass’s boyfriend?
– Name the kids’ names on “The Fosters” and “Modern Family.”
Hope you enjoyed reading about making games when snowbound. Now, gather your family, and try designing one of these games today!