Friday rarely comes and goes in our house without a family fun night. It’s one way we can unwind from the stresses of the week and toss our cares out the window. It’s also a way to connect and bond as a family. Knowing that my children have many things competing for their attention, I long to help them cherish family time for years to come.
Thus, I instituted the Family Fun Night.
To keep the cost down, I try to reinvent some of the games or activities we already have available to us. My goal is to spend less than $5 for family fun night and I find it generally very easy to do!
Up this week: Lego Family Fun Night.
I have to admit, I was a little nervous that the girls would balk at this one. They do like to play legos occasionally, but their interest isn’t nearly as strong as the boys’ interest. Nonetheless, we gave it a shot and I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone had a blast!
All you really need for this theme is legos. Our favorite legos are the bulk sets you buy, like the minifigures set and the bricks and more set. Of course, whatever legos you have will work! A few household items we also used were: bowls/buckets, plastic cups or blocks, and a nerf gun.
What we played—>
Lego Toss: The game is simple. See how many legos you can get into a bucket. I gave each child 30 small lego pieces in a cup. Keeping with the spirit of frugality, we used kitchen bowls and a bead bucket for our targets. It was actually quite challenging to get them in the buckets!
Cram them In: In 1 minute, see how many legos you can get into your hand. I laid the legos in a pile on the table, removing the larger platforms. Next, I set the timer for one minute, and CRAM! The strategy was genius in this game. One of my kids got the smallest pieces and blew everyone else out of the water. On the second round, another kid actually connected them and built a tower to hold in her hand.
Color Stack: Each player chooses a color. When the timer starts, they have to make a tower using only that color. At the end of 1 minute, the player who used the most of their color wins. There is no height requirement on this game!
Lego Skyscraper: At the end of 1 minute, the player with the tallest tower wins. I added the rule that their tower had to stand without them touching it.
Knock ‘Em Down: For this game, we added a few extra materials. We made a tower out of plastic cups and placed lego people in various places. With a Nerf dart gun, the kids had to knock down as many people as possible. If you don’t have plastic cups, use building blocks of some kind.
And that’s it. Simple, frugal, and fun. We had an absolute blast playing these games! And of course, you could top off your lego family fun night with a little lego bricks candy or even make your own with these lego candy molds.
So what do you think? Will you try a Lego Family Fun Night soon?