Try these family reunion games at your next family get-together. With little preparation and no equipment, they are sure to entertain a group.
Family Reunion Games
It’s summertime! Which means family reunion season is in full swing! Our summer is always full of family reunions from our big, extended reunions with aunts, uncles, and cousins galore; to our smaller immediate family reunions. No matter the size, a successful family reunion depends on good food and some fun entertainment. So today, I’m going to share 3 fun family reunion games that are sure to entertain the whole family whether they are age 1 or 100.
The good news is, these games aren’t just limited to family reunions! You can play them with a group of friends, a church group, at a birthday party, etc. These games were always a hit when I would play them with my 5th-grade students. Keep reading to find your new favorite group game!
1. In the Manner of the Adverb
Don’t let the fussy name deceive you—this is one seriously hilarious game!
Gather your group together and send Person A out of earshot. As a group, choose one adverb. You can choose one from the following list, or pick one of your own. Remember, an adverb describes how an action is to be done and usually ends in -ly.
Then, once everyone knows the adverb and understands the meaning, invite Person A back into the room.
Person A now orders people in the group to do an action. It can be anything! Pretend to mop the floor, walk across the room, play leapfrog…seriously, anything! And the person chosen completes the action…in the manner of the adverb. They hop across the room “awkwardly”, play air guitar “slowly”, do the Macarena “lazily.” The options are endless!
Person A continues to give orders to the group until they guess the adverb that was chosen in the beginning. Then a new person leaves the room and the game begins again. You just can’t beat a game that is hilarious and also educational!
This game is a little more complicated to explain, so bear with me.
A group of people sit in a circle, either in chairs or just on the ground. Each person in the circle picks their own “sign.” This can be anything. You could stomp a foot, do the peace sign, wave, touch your nose, rub your belly…there are a lot of options here.
After everyone has chosen their own sign, one person (Person A) is chosen to stand in the center of the circle. They close their eyes and count to ten before they open them again. Meanwhile, the rest of the group begins the game.
Someone (Person B) begins the game by doing their own sign, and then another person’s (Person C’s) sign. Person C then does their own sign and another person’s sign and it just goes on.
The trick of the game is to be very sneaky because Person A in the center of the circle will be watching and trying to tag whoever currently has the sign. If Person A can figure out who has the sign and tags them before the sign is passed, the person that was tagged is now in the middle of the circle and Person A gets to sit and join the game.
This game can get pretty wild and is always a blast.
Here are a few tips:
- Try to make eye contact with the person you are passing the sign to, make sure they acknowledge in some way that they know they have the sign.
- Try to choose signs that are different from each other to avoid confusion.
- If you are passed the sign, you don’t have to pass it along right away. You can wait until the person in the center has their back turned before you accept the sign and then pass it on. There can even be a bit of time passed between when you accept a sign (do your own sign) and pass the sign (do someone else’s sign).
It takes a minute to get the hang of the game, but it is seriously fun and will have the whole group laughing.
3. Lover’s Leap
The final game has a lot of variations, but we call it Lover’s Leap. One person is the leader and the rest of the group starts by forming two circles, one inside the other. The outside circle walks clockwise and the inner circle walks counterclockwise. As the rest of the group walks, the leader calls out different commands (listed below) and the people in the circle try to be the first to complete the command. The last group to complete the command is out and the game continues until one person is left.
Here are the commands we use with their descriptions. You can use these or make up your own!
- Lover’s Leap: One person leaps into their partner’s arms.
- Bunk Beds: Person A lies faceup on the ground and holds their partners’ ankles in the air above their face while Person B lies facedown supporting themselves by holding Person A’s ankles.
- Chicken in the Henhouse: Person A stands with their legs spread apart and person B lays on their stomach between Person A’s legs.
- Land Ho!: Person A goes to the ground on their hands and knees and Person B puts one foot on Person A’s back with one hand shielding their eyes.
- 3 in a Boat: 3 people sit in a line and pretend to row a boat. This command is great for getting people out toward the end of the game because you can change the number of people in the “boat”.
- Airplane: Person A stands with one leg straight out behind them and their arms spread like an airplane, while Person B holds their leg up.
Little Planning, No Equipment
I hope these games give you some fun ideas for your family reunion, or just any group get together that you have planned. I love each of these games because they take very little planning, no equipment, and you can just throw them together on the spot.
What are your favorite family reunion activities or traditions?
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