A pretty sweet printable game- and it’s free!
Whenever I plan a I party or a family reunion I like to have an activity or game that people can play when they first arrive. The goal is to get family members, or friends, laughing and talking with each other. The “How Sweet It Is” free printable fits the bill and coming up with prizes for the winners is a snap- candy bars! I suggest the snack size because you’ll probably have several winners. This ice breaker game is great for large or small group games and for family members of most ages. You can download the free printable by clicking below. Don’t forget to download the answer key.
This is a fun idea for an ice breaker game for your next family reunion or family party. It is even a fun idea for a work, school or church function.
Divide into groups of about 10. The groups work together to determine the total amount of points they have earned. Each team will need a team captain and recorder.
You can make up your own list of points but here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Counting January as one point, February as two points and so on, add up the total points of your group.
2. Score one point for each college attended.
3. Score one point for every button on each shirt.
4. Total number of pennies teammates have in their pockets.
5. Total of all sizes added together- one shoe only per person.
6. Hair color score- Black hair- 2 points, Brown hair- 1 point, Red hair- 3 points, Grey hair- 5 points, Blonde- 1 point
7. Five points for everyone that is wearing glasses, 2 points for contacts.
8. One point for every child each person has, twins- 5 points, triplets- 10 points.
9. Minus 1 point for every soda or pop consumed. Plus 1 point for every glass or bottle of water.
10. 1 point for everyone that is wearing a watch.
Add up the total of points each team has and award prizes to the team that has the “most” points, “least” points, “most unorganized” etc.
Cat-eye Hike for Family Reunions or Parties
One of the most requested activities at our family reunions is a Cat Eye hike. You do a Cat Eye hike in the dark so it’s a perfect activity for a “camping” family reunion. We have also done cat eye hikes in apartment complexes and residential areas. We’ve done cat eye hikes with family reunions, girls camps and for kid parties. It’s a fun activity but does take some time and thoughtful strategy to set up.
How to Organize a Cat Eye Hike
This hike is best done when it is very dark. Cut cat’s-eye shapes (squares work fine too) from reflective tape, available in the Family Reunion Helper store. Another product you might want to consider is “Trail Tacks”. They are basically just thumb tacks with a reflective paint on the top. They are visible for up to 200 yards and are great for sticking into wooden fences etc. You will probably want to use a combination of the two products- tape and tacks. Just be considerate of others when you set up the hike- you don’t want to be shinning flashlights into peoples windows or causing damage with reflective tape or tacks.
It is best to set up your hike the night before guiding groups on the hike. Put cat eyes on markers or apply cat eyes to index cards and then use the cards to mark the trail. We like to set up our hikes the night before the cat eye hike is scheduled.
How to Set Up a Cat Eye Hike
When making the trail, place the eyes in such a manner that you can see only one more set of cat’s eyes from the location of one set. Hikers will shine their flashlights on the first set of eyes and then run to the second set of eyes where they will shine their flashlights around the area until they locate the next set of eyes. They will continue searching for eyes and following their path until they arrive back at camp.
If you have a large group, instead of a mass start, send groups of ten or so at a time. You can group hikers as children, teenagers and senior citizens. Every participant will need a flashlight- you will want to remind your family members to bring a flashlight on your reunion invitation.
If camping, have S’mores for hikers when they complete the hike.
Are you looking for a fun game for your family party or reunion? Here’s a few fun party games that also work well for family reunions. These games work well for most ages and abilities.
Paddle Ball Contest
I bought a dozen paddle balls, for under $10.00) from Oriental Trading (http://www.orientaltrading.com) so that we could have 12 people compete at a time. Everyone needs a partner so count off in twos. One person will compete, the other will count. I suggest coming up with some rules, for example, competitors must hit the ball down not up, they must not touch the elastic or the ball.
Give everyone a 1 minute “warm up” to practice and develop their technique. Time for 1 minute and award medals to those that hit the ball the most times. Then reverse and let the counter have a chance with the paddle.
Feeding Frenzy Pudding Game
You will need one single serving of pudding for each participant. Teams of two sit one behind each other. The person behind puts their arms underneath the person in front. (See pictures) The person behind must feed the person in front the pudding. First team done is the winner of that round. Teams then reverse and the person that was in front now sits behind and its their turn to “get even”!
Spray Bottle Relay
Set a garbage can 12′ from the foul line and place container of balloons behind the foul line. When the clock starts, player may toss balloon in the air from behind the foul line and attempt to direct it into the trash can using only the spray bottle. If the balloon hits the ground, the spray bottle, or any part of the player’s body, it’s void. A player may reuse an old balloon or use a new balloon to make a new attempt from behind the foul line. To complete the game, player must move 1 balloon through the air and into the trash can using only the water from the spray bottle within the 60-second time limit.
This game is as fun to watch as it is to play. First, chose a leader to be the “caller”. After you have chosen the caller, they will think of a category (colors, animals, ice cream flavors, etc). People will line up at the diving board. One person will jump off the diving board and the caller will say a category as soon as they leave the diving board. The person who jumps off has to name something in the category before they hit the water. If he or she does, they return to the line. If they do not, they are out. Then the next person in line goes. The last person in the game is the caller for the next round.
I think this is Uncle Scott’s favorite party game and it really does work well with a large group of people.
An area of your family reunion site is cordoned off or you could use an inside area. Participants tie a balloon to each ankle. On a whistle all the contestants have to try to stomp on each other’s balloons and pop them. If both of your balloons are popped you are out. The winner is the last one with a un-popped balloon on their leg.
A Game That’s Perfect for the Whole Family
I first played the “Bloomers” game at a family party when I was a teenager and was scared to death. I was so afraid that the music would stop and I would be stuck with the box of “bloomers” that was being passed around. Thirty years later whenever I think about that game I laugh- it was so intense and I was so relieved at the “surprise” ending of the game.
This is a very scary game for boys ages 8- 14. (There is nothing scarier to a boy of this age than women’s underwear) This game is a good game for any party but is especially fitting for a mixed crowd that includes young boys.
Everyone should sit in a circle. Ask if they know what old fashioned bloomers are. Explain that in the olden days they used to call women’s underwear “bloomers”.
Hold up a box that is neatly wrapped. (In advance, you should have wrapped the box in at least ten different layers of wrapping paper.) Tell your family that inside the box are a pair of bloomers.
It is IMPORTANT that you use the correct wording- you don’t want to say that there is UNDERWEAR in the box- you just want them to THINK that there is.
Everyone will pass the box around the circle while music is being played. When the music stops the person holding the box must unwrap one layer of wrapping paper.
Start the music again and begin passing the box again. Continue until all of the paper is off the box. The person who removes the last layer of paper must open the box and model the bloomers for everyone to see.
HINT: Be careful how you word your instructions because inside the box is not a pair of old fashion women’s bloomers but a pair (two) bloomers from the garden. The shocked look on the person’s face when he realizes that it’s just “flowers” he is modeling and not “underwear” is a joy to see.
As an elementary music teacher I spend time with lots of children- more than a thousand every week. Throughout the years I have found one game that is every child’s favorite- honestly, they NEVER tire of this game. Although I play this game at school it is also the perfect game for a family reunion. It doesn’t matter how large your family is this game will accommodate any number of people.
The game is played like the “Four Corners” game with a slight difference- there are SIX “Corners” in this game.
You’ll need a dice for this game. Designate six spaces in your area as space #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Put up simple signs for each area or use numbered hula hoops. While music is playing, have the kids move or dance around the area.
Play music or set a timer and let your family move or dance around until the timer dings or the music stops. Kids should move to one of the six spaces. Roll the dice, and the kids at that number are out. (I have a large 3- inch die I like to use) Start the music again and continue until you have one or two children left- they are your winners.
Now, just in time for Easter, here’s an Easter twist to the game. Put six different colored plastic eggs in each corner. Instead of rolling a die draw a color from a hat. Once the players have selected a corner, the game director pulls out a color from a hat and those players standing in that corner are eliminated from the game.
Let your family move or dance around and repeat the process. Be sure and put the color you pull out back into the hat
Play until there is a winner. Kids enjoy playing this Easter game so budget lots of time for this game.
The best thing about this game is that you can easily adapt to your reunion theme. If you are having a Western family reunion you can use western items in your corners- horse shoe, cow, saddle etc. You could also use wanted pictures of famous outlaws in each corner- Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, Doc Holiday etc. You can also play this in a private swimming pool. Participants swim around until the music stops and then they have to quickly swim to a number.
Whatever your family reunion theme- this game will be a great addition to the fun!