Monday, November 16, 2009

Games - Frugal and Fun.

I just read a great post titled 5 Ways Family Game Night is Frugal Fun from Frugal Upstate. Jen's ideas work well for familes, but also in other settings, such as:
  • afterschool activity zones (if a staff person teaches children/teens how to play various games, they will get hooked on the competition and activity)
  • elementary school centers (many games also build literacy and math skills - commitment to learning)
  • neighborhood hangout time (when 8 rowdy boys cram into your house on a rainy day!)
  • church socials or coffee houses (games provide a great way for adult volunteers and youth to build supportive relationships!)
  • road trips (use tupperware to hold card stacks)
  • sports tournaments (games are easy to transport, and are great for calm entertainment between games/events)
Games provide hours of entertainment at a very low cost! Throughout the years, I've spent countless hours playing some of the games she mentioned.

For more ideas, go to, or check out our book Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages.