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3 Tips for Planning Your Next Family Game Night (Granny’s Candies Game #Giveaway)

Every week we have a family night.

These family nights happen on Saturdays for the most part.  Some weeks it involves a movie and popcorn and some weeks it involves playing games around the table.  My husband and I feel that family nights are an important part of our family structure.  These nights lend themselves to laughing and talking with our kids.  Spending time with our kids helps them want to spend time with us, and in-turn let them know that we are there for them should they need anything.

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3 Tips for Planning Your Next Family Game Night


#1. Pick A Day/Evening That Won’t Have Any Distractions — Like I mentioned, our family nights generally take place on Saturdays.  This is a day of the week where we have no meetings (for work or church) and can generally spend the whole day as a family.  This is a day that our kids can count on us doing something together.  It gives them (and us) something to look forward to.

#2. Find A Time of Day That Works Best For Your Family —  Our family nights take place after supper.  After the dishes are cleared and the kids have had their Saturday night baths.  We find that after bath time, the kids are relaxed and ready to be kind and considerate during game play.  For some of you, before bath time might work better.

#3. Find A Game That Spans Age Groups & Can Grow With Your Family — Game time as a family is fun, but when you are playing the same preschool aged games over and over again, older siblings (and even us parents) can get bored quickly.  A game such as Granny’s Candies from Super Duper Publications is the perfect game for parents, younger and older siblings to enjoy together!

Granny's Candies

Not only does Granny’s Candies span all age groups, kids will learn important vocabulary skills all while having fun.

First, you fill up the candy jars on the board with the soft, colorful tokens called the “candy”.  This is the perfect activity for those preschool aged kids.  Color sorting helps children understand things are alike and different.  It can also help them work on their colors.

Granny's Candies

Next players choose a question card from one of eight areas.  You can stick to one category during the game or mix and match.

Granny's Candies

The 8 different categories are:

  1. What belongs in this group?
  2. Which one doesn’t belong?
  3. Give a describing word.
  4. How are they alike?
  5. What do these have in common?
  6. What is this used for?
  7. How are they different?
  8. Give an action word.

Once a category is chosen, players then answer the questions, roll the die, and pick candy from the jars.

Granny's Candies Game

The player with the most “candy” at the end of the game wins.  This is a great number activity.  Getting the kids to count how many pieces of candy they had at the end of the game was a great counting activity.

Granny's Candies

Super Duper Publications has many other great educational games and products that make learning fun for kids.  They even have bilingual tools and educational activities for those who have autism.

That’s how we “do” family game night.


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  1. We have family movie nights once a week.

  2. We go for walks and play at the park

  3. We watch movies together and play board games and cards.

  4. We have a family game night every Friday.

  5. We watch movies, go to McDonald’s for breakfast and read together

  6. Tiffany Wilson says:

    We play games together, read together, watch family movies together, hike together, all sorts of things that are great bonding time with our kids.

  7. We like to spend our family time together out of the house, then there are no distractions of tvs phones or computers. For instance Friday night we took the kids glo bowling, Saturday was sledding at our house, today is a museum. Then at the end of the week we finish off spring break on a mini family vacation. :)

  8. We play games & play outside

  9. Florence C says:

    When i have the opportunity to spend time with my grandkids we always play game.

  10. We go for walks, out to the park, and we read books. Of course, we eat all of our meals as a family too! (eldest is only 2.5)

  11. We head to the park for a picnic and some play time. WE alway go to the library to just sit and read in a corner together.

  12. sherry k says:

    we love going for walks around town

  13. We go for a lot of walks together and camping in the summer.

  14. We ride our bikes or go to the movies.

  15. Fridays used to be movie/pizza night, now it’s not as regular. We have always enjoyed games (board, card, etc) together! We do different activities depending on the weather (pool, park, movies, etc) and we try to enjoy the free events like library craft, Lowes Build n Grow, etc. Anything we can enjoy together works for us!

  16. Dayna Wilson says:

    We like to go for walks together, read stories, and have breakfast Saturday mornings (when Daddy cooks!)

  17. Julie G. says:

    We bake together – and eat the yummy treats we make.

  18. Nena Sinclair says:

    We go hiking in the summer, we play board games and watch movies together.

  19. we have movie night bi weekly, we do chores together, we occasionaly take the boys out to eat

  20. We watch movies together. We also play board games together.

  21. Now that it’s getting nicer out – we spend time outdoors.

  22. Maegan Morin says:

    we mostly just spend time playing outside 😀 but it would be nice to have something to do on a night in!!

  23. Carrie Butler says:

    We have family movie night, play board games, do puzzles and goto the dog park.

  24. Heidi C. says:

    It’s hard when everyone seems to be going in different directions, but Sunday afternoons, we watch a special movie and have family dinner together!

  25. movie nights

  26. Sylvia White says:

    We play lots of board games

  27. Debbie W says:

    We love our movie nights, or hiking.

  28. go to the movies play sports

  29. Carol Denny says:

    Board games and movies

  30. julie_bolduc says:

    we go swimming a lot

  31. Angela Yeremenko says:

    We go for walks, board games and tea.

  32. Karen Thaeter says:

    We usually bdo a lot of fun photo ops,Take a walk,lots of photos etc

  33. Adrienne Gordon says:

    We love hiking and swimming together

  34. lori butler says:

    we have movie nights

  35. mostly board games and crafts

  36. We go for walks together.

  37. We go on a weekly hike!

  38. Jessica Z says:

    To spend time as a family we will play games, watch a movie, cook a family meal, and go to church on Sundays.

  39. candess phillips says:

    We always eat supper every nite together and we go to church together.

  40. my four year has discovered board games and LOVES them

  41. clean the yard, set off Fireworks, watch kids on trampoline

  42. Teresa M. says:

    My favourite things to do with Sara are board games and picnics.

  43. alena svetelska says:

    we have family game night every friday and every saturday movie night

  44. Jennifer L. says:

    We watch movies, play games and go on nature walks.

  45. Kathleen Novak says:

    My girls and I love to play with Pay Doh and Uno together.

  46. Ann Fantom says:

    We like to go on family bike rides

  47. Marlene V. says:

    We love going Bowling or going to a movie

  48. We do alot of family board games at the table – right now we’re working as a family to finish a global/countries puzzle. Helps the kids with their geography. We also play video games together and go out to parks alot in the spring/summer.

  49. Amy Heffernan says:

    We like to go outside as a family. Walks, parks ect.

  50. Beth Rosell says:

    We actually love to play board games!

  51. We go for walks and have a family game night.

  52. Katherine says:

    We take walks

  53. nADYA kotik says:

    we play outside together as much as possible and read many books!

  54. Tari Lawson says:

    We like to go hiking and to historical places.

  55. nicole krutz says:

    we have movie nights :)

  56. We like to watch movies and play board games together as a family.

  57. Baking and enjoying a dinner and movie night together.

  58. danielle lima says:

    we like watching movies together

  59. we go out for nature walks. no matter the weather there’s always something to see and talk about. and then there’s something to follow up on at home. thanks

  60. sarah stickney says:

    we go for hikes

  61. When I am with my grandchildren we do crafts, cook, or play cards or board games.

  62. Lori Bazan says:

    We camp and create stories by the campfire

  63. We watch movies and play board games

  64. Mary Casper says:

    watch movies and have picnics in the park

  65. valerie godin says:

    We enjoy baking as a family

  66. We like going fishing, playing games, baking, crafts.

  67. Stephanie Larison says:

    We go out shopping and watch movies

  68. Deb Dorrington says:

    We watch a movie together once a week and we go to brunch on Sunday after church.

  69. Michelle Tucker says:

    We go to the park and spend time sight seeing.

  70. Elaine Bolduc says:

    when the weather isn’t so nice we go swimming or to the fun center here which is called FUN HAVEN, or play games or catch a movie and when the weather is nice we go bicycling or play ball or tag or go to the park or picnics or the farm or walks or walking the dogs, oh the list goes on.

  71. adina post says:

    we love to go for walks, and to take care of our animals together

  72. we go for hikes, geocaching, games, and movies

  73. go to the park for a picnic

  74. Clifford says:

    We camp every week during the summer months and we also have game night every second Friday.

  75. Callista Meyer says:

    walks, movie nights and game nights!

  76. Viv Sluys says:

    We hike, swim and take road trips. We play board games bith at home and with cousins, aunts, uncles etc at the grandparents’ houses, we read together and we do chores together. We go to church together….I guess anything can be family time…
    Our favorite board games of late are Busytown Mysteries and a super old co-operative gardening game that I can never remember the name of. We really like co-operative games but we also like games like Candyland and GuessWho.

  77. We watch movies together more than anything else but as soon as this snow melts we will be doing some camping and trips to the pool and parks!

  78. Tara Gauthier says:

    We like watching movies together and doing crafts but when weather gets better we also love getting outside, especially nice walks and camping in summer

  79. Jaime Brown says:

    My daughters are both teens now, so we try to spend as much time with them as possible, and are favorite thing to do as a family is to play games, we like pictionary, crib, charades etc., thank you:)

  80. Games…….board and cards… much fun

  81. Joce Lyne says:

    we go fly kites, play board games, go bike riding, go swimming :)

  82. We play games, do craft projects, and watch a lot of movies together!

  83. movie nights, walks at the parks, bike rides and board games

  84. Christine Harrison says:

    We do love playing board games in this family. For some reason no one seems to want to play Scrabble with me? 😉
    We also love the outdoors we love road trips, camping , metal detecting , swimming , watching movies , cooking the list goes on!
    Thanks for another fun giveaway, Mommy Moment & Super Duper Publications.

  85. Adrienne says:

    We play board games.

  86. Wendi S says:

    We ride bicycles and play games

  87. Gina macveigh says:

    Go swimming and hikes/walks with our dog!

  88. Veronique L says:

    We like to take walks as a family!

  89. We love going to the zoo, or even grocery shopping is a huge adventure when you’re a toddler!

  90. Laura Jacobson says:

    We love to play games!

  91. Carrie S says:

    Family game night

  92. I home school my 10 children, so we are together all the time. We have so much fun spending time together. On Friday nights we do the whole slumber party thing ,and hang out watching movies , eating popcorn. On Mondays we do adventures at the park. One thing that is a little different is I take the kids to local businesses in the area, and they learn how they are run. For instance we own an auto parts store and they have been taught everything from the ground floor up. I love spending time and being with kids, they are our future.. Invest wisely!

  93. Kimberly B says:

    We try to get out every weekend and do something together – picnic, biking, hiking etc. We also have movie and game night when the weather doesn’t co-operate.

  94. we take family walks after dinner

  95. Christy Martin says:

    Lots of time is spent playing in the backyard or in the playground behind the backyard! Hoping the nice weather arrives soon.

  96. Jennifer says:

    We have Family Movie night every Friday. I am thinking we should institute a formal game night once a week, too! My 12 yr old has autism and is just now able to play a whole game most of the time.

  97. Angela Mitchell says:

    We llike to play board games, have movie nights, and go for walks to park or beach.

  98. Lee-Ann Sleegers says:

    Several things, walking, reading, camping, movies and playing games.

  99. We play games, build lego and read stories together

  100. Friday nights are pizza and movie or TV night at our house. That is one way we spend family time.

  101. We have family movie nights and do family activities on the weekends like going to the zoo with the kids.

  102. Nicole Lancaster says:

    Every weekend my family has family game and movie night.

  103. Suzie Williams says:

    We play board games together all the time. The kids really enjoy this time.

  104. We enjoy trips to the country together to visit family and do everything outdoors.
    Thanks for the chance.

  105. amy deeter says:

    playing outside

  106. Derek Timm says:

    Have movie and game nights. Along with going up north on weekends.

  107. Brenda Elsner says:

    We play board games every sat. night. Sometimes we watch a movie together, go biking, walking, ect.

  108. We go on family field trips twice a month.

  109. Lately, we’ve started walking together.

  110. My daughter and I drive to work together. We also all have dinner together in the evenings.

  111. Lindsay Heim says:

    We have starting taking a walk together after dinner, it’s been a great family activity.

  112. Ashley Tucker says:

    We play games!

  113. marissa maestas says:

    we like to go to the park or have big bbqs at home.

  114. cassandra says:

    we eat every night as a family and have a game night once a week

  115. susan smoaks says:

    We spend time together playing board games, watching movies, walking and just having fun!

  116. Candice Hull says:

    We eat dinner together every night, we play some kind of game every night and we play outside when the weather is good. It helps that my boys are young and can’t drive 😀

  117. We read together.

  118. We watch movies

  119. kelley c says:

    I like to do outdoors stuff – go to the park, take walks, ride scooters.


  120. Buddy Garrett says:

    We have fanily nights and do outdoor activities together.

  121. we go to the park

  122. We love doing outdoorsy stuff and going to see live music!

  123. Leanne Renouf says:

    Supper time is a big family time to discuss our day. Also evenings and weekends are family time.A nice drive or a game night.Also we love movie nights.

  124. Leanne Renouf says:

    Supper time is a big family time to discuss our day. Also evenings and weekends are family time.A nice drive or a game night.Also we love movie nights.

  125. Teri St.Thomas says:

    watch movies , play outside

  126. Play games, go for bike rides & walks together

  127. Tara Knott says:

    We do crafts, play board games, bake or watch movies together :) it doesn’t matter what we do, we have fun doing it together. Thanx for the chance at some new family fun time

  128. Jackie Head says:

    We play outside together

  129. We go for walks, go to the park, go swimming, go to events around town, and play ball and other fun games in the summer.

  130. Terri O'D says:

    We do crafts, bake, go camping, swimming, skating & play at the park as a family

  131. brandi gauvin says:

    we have dinners :3

  132. Barbie Squires says:

    We have a movie and pizza / junk food night. My favorite is having super together every night at the table and having some awesome chats. We also do crafts, diy projects, boards games and cards. We also love playing video games, going for walks and winter outdoor fun. I love spending time with my family.

  133. Chelsea R says:

    We love board games, crafts, trips to the park, and reading together

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