86. Parlour Games

Parlour games are great for sharing the fun. So many of today’s toys and games are played alone, especially electronic ones. Parlour games involve family time, shared experiences, interaction that is frivolous and without agenda. If you ever feel like all you do is hurry your children along from A to B, then spend five minutes with them playing an old-fashioned parlour game. It’s an instant way to reconnect.

Parlour games also deliver some far-reaching life lessons – losing graciously, taking turns and congratulating others on their success are all part of the parlour game experience.

And best of all, parlour games are free!

Here are a few to get you started:

  • Hide and Seek
  • Blind Man’s Buff
  • Sleeping Lions
  • I Spy
  • Wink murder
  • Blow football

For more ideas, take a look at the brilliant book, Parlour Games for Modern Families.

Sunday afternoons will never be the same again.

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