The kids and I probably spend too much time on our iPads and phones. I am not too fussed as I do believe technology is just going to be something normal in the future and I like my phone for social media, pinterest and my blog as much as my kids love youtube, netflix and lego games, but I don’t ever want them to think playing on computers, iPads, phones etc is their everything. As a family, we love adventures, being outdoors and doing silly things, and I don’t want technology to take that away. I am trying to find a happy medium. But as I love my technology, I can’t complain too much! But in my quest to get them to appreciate more than just technology, I am always trying to find fun things we can do as a family.
So we have turned to games night, every now and then I would like all technology to be turned off and to turn to board games, card games, quizzes and anything else we can do on games night to keep us entertained for an evening.
You may have seen some of my pictures on social media from a few weeks ago, we had an amazing first games night. We started off with a quick lesson in rock n roll as me and mum reminisced about Happy Days (the tv show) and jiving and The Fonz! It was a brilliant way to start off games night, all having a go swinging and dancing around the living room.
Unless you have been in a hole and haven’t seen my a thousand and one updates, you will know I have become a little obsessed with a Korean Pop Band – BTS. No excuses or reasons, I just love them. They snuck up on me last year, and my love has slowly grown and now I am not ashamed to admit I am a huge fan. Its really fun getting into something again, and feeling young and excited! Even if I am fangirling, ever so slightly! I don’t care! I am loving life!
Inspiration for this evenings game night was from BTS. I had been watching episodes of Run BTS, which is like a variety show but just amongst BTS members rather than lots of different people. They challenge each other and partake in fun little activities, quizzes and challenges. Its really fun, enjoyable and as a fan it is fun to watch. So my inspiration for some of the games in our Games Night came from these episodes.
I wanted me and the kids to have some old fashioned fun, playing board or card games and joining in challenges and just having a bit of fun. Tonights games were all sort of minute to win inspired games.
As it was BTS inspired, we all took a starting selfie with a favourite pose!
Monkey went with a “whoops – what have I done” face! Still adorable!
Poppet loves a bit of Sugar and V (from BTS) and went with V’s signature “V” and her version of gummy smile like her heroes! A cutie pie and adorable whatever she is doing.
I went with a firm fan favourite of finger hearts! I think I am pretty adorable and I am rocking my JHope Jumper! Most comfortable jumper ever!
And finally…. I even got Mamma to pull a pose!
Check out her “V” pose! I have almost converted her to a fully fledged BTS fan and proud of it!
We had a variety of games and activities planned and we got scores for who did things fastest, tallest etc.
Fastest to build a cup tower and take it back down
Cheerio Chopstick Game
Big lovers of chopsticks in our house and we are always trying to up our chopstick skills, so what better way than by seeing who can move the most amount of cheerios from one bowl to another using chopsticks. We had different varieties of chopsticks, Poppet used quite a hard pair but still did amazingly well!
We also had a a stack a penny challenge and a Chinese whispers of sorts. We were supposed to end on a playing card castle challenge, but I was the only one that could do it. So the kids just cheered me on as I built a card castle.
The final results were in…. games night was officially a success! The kids and I had lots of fun. We all had a go at a new games and tried our hardest. We had no moaning about being bored, and no one asked for their iPads and we all had a tremendous amount of fun!
I won followed by Monkey, Poppet and Mamma! We had no arguments, and no upsets! Our first game night was a success! We cannot wait for the next one. If you have any suggestions for games/challenges please do drop me a comment! Let me know if you have a games night! Or if you want to share any stories, it’d be lovely to hear them.
We have been practising UNO and top trumps ready for our next games night – it will be a card day challenge!