Contest Night


It's fun to play together as a family. Plan a family contest night full of fun competitions that everyone can participate in. Here are some ideas:

  • Balance contest—you need two tin cans and a length of string. Set the cans two-feet apart, each person stand with one foot on the can, holding one end of the string in their hand. At the count of three, each challenger tries to unbalance their opponent by pulling on the string.
  • The longest apple peel—you need an apple and a vegetable peeler. Each person peels an apple, then measure who has the longest unbroken peel.
  • Coin spinning—see whose coin spins the longest. Make sure to give everyone a few practice spins.
  • Blink test—stare at each other and see who blinks first.
  • Laugh-a-thon—try to make opponents laugh by cracking jokes and making faces.
  • House of cards—who can build the biggest house of cards.
  • Jump rope—who can skip the longest.
Think of other things you could add to this list. Younger kids should get a point advantage so it is fair for everybody.

From 365 Smart After-School Activities by Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray. Copyright © 2005 by Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with Sourcebooks, Inc.

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