Playing games at home with the family at Christmas time is one of the best ways to bring families closer together. Three generations of family members learning, sharing, laughing and having a good time. What could possibly be better than this?
Buying a selection of board games would prove rather costly, so why not invest in a dry-erase whiteboard that you can use to play several different games and will also come in handy for homework planning and creative play.
Wedge whiteboards have a smooth magnetic surface that allow non-permanent markings using dry erasable pens that can be quickly removed with a whiteboard eraser after each game. Available in various sizes, they are easily transportable.
There are so many fun things to do with a whiteboard, from making a list of those ideas to playing games and much, much more.
Here are 5 simple and entertaining Games that you can play on a whiteboard with your family at Christmas:
A classic game where family members must guess a word and if they guess a letter incorrectly they have to draw a hangman. Alternatively, you may wish to opt for the modern version where they must guess entire phrases, expressions, movie or book titles.
You will need a double sided dry-wipe magnetic whiteboard.
Draw your grid and plan where your battleships are going to be as coloured boxes on your grid, without letting your opponent see. Then take turns firing upon the enemy by calling out plot points – for example: A-5. Mark your shot as a hit (X) or a miss (O) on your enemy ship grid according to your opponent’s reply. When your enemy fires upon you, answer hit or miss, according to their shot. Mark your hit ships with an X on the “my ships” grid.
Who’s at the Zoo
A fun game for children is to learn to identify animals from around the world by playing ‘Who’s at the Zoo’. Animal puzzle pieces can be purchased from budget stores (or images from an old book stuck on cardboard) can be used and then have a magnet glued to the back. Toddlers can identify the animal and older children can compete in spelling out the name of the animal such as giraffe, elephant, tiger and so on. You could even draw a may of the world onto your board and place where the animals come from.
This is a classic game and one that may easily be adapted to any level. Split family members into two teams and let them take turns drawing words, actions, or situations that they have drawn from a pile of cards. Teammates guess what is being drawn.
Turn Animal Words into The Animal
For example, use the word “cow” to draw a cow. Challenge your family members to draw the animal you write into that animal. This method allows creative expression, word recognition and challenges the drawer to use their imagination.
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