Usually when you think of Family Game Nights, you think of little kids playing Chutes & Ladders with Mom and Dad. We’re about a decade past that stage, but that doesn’t mean Family Game Night has to disappear! So when PPL Electric Utilities asked if they could partner with me to show different ways to have fun with the family without using electricity, I knew this would be a great chance to show how to have a Family Game Night Teen-Style!
Now that my kids are older, our games consist mostly of outdoor activities. They love playing tennis, volleyball or just heading up to our local track and challenging each other to races. My husband and I are feeling our age lately, though, and prefer games that are little more low-key than who can run the fastest mile! Umm, I’ll give you a clue… it’s not me!
So when my nephew made this Yardzee Backyard Game as his homemade gift for my son this past Christmas, I’ll admit that I was probably just as excited as anybody! A chance for family fun that all 4 of us can enjoy without any TV or other electronics!
It also was the perfect chance to participate in PPL’s PowerHour where they’re challenging us (and you too!) to have your family go one hour without electronics.
No checking your phone, no setting the DVR, no heating up a snack in the microwave.
Just one hour, where your family is engaged with each other and the current activity! Do you think you guys could do it?
It seems as if it’s a no-brainer, doesn’t it?? Who wouldn’t say “Sure, I can go one hour! No problem!”.
But if you stop and think about all of the small ways we use electricity, or how we’re almost trained to check our phone every time we hear that chime… you’ll realize that it’s a lot harder than it seems!
But with a hands-on, interactive game like Yardzee, it makes it not only easier but more enjoyable too! Plus, for my family personally, when we sit inside and play board games, we all have our phones sitting right beside us. Even if I tell everybody to put them in a different room, they still hear the chimes! They’re also more inclined to get up in the middle of the game to put some popcorn in the microwave.
Being OUTSIDE, with your phones INSIDE, and chasing dice around the yard, you’re much more inclined to just forget about them entirely and enjoy yourself! And your family! Guys, I could lose every game for the rest of my life, but I’m pretty sure I’d consider myself a winner if my kids would forget about their phones and be engaged in family time!
Recently I put a picture on Facebook of my 15 year old son and about 10 of his friends in the backyard. I commented that not one had a phone pulled out. The number of parents who responded to that was crazy! It was unreal to them that a group of teenagers could hang out without checking phones constantly. But they were throwing a frisbee and kicking a soccer ball. They were engaged!
And you can get your own kids and the whole family to have just as much fun with this DIY Yardzee Game! It’s even fun to make it together! It’s kind of like growing a garden… kids are more inclined to eat the food if they helped grow it. Maybe your kids will be more inclined to play the game if they helped make it!
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How to DIY Yardzee Backyard Game:
- Cut your wood into 4″ sections so that you have perfect squares. To make it easier on yourself, have someone at Lowe’s cut the wood for you before you even leave the store!
- Sand the wood squares to remove any rough edges.
- Draw your circles on each side to mimic a dice. My nephew drew them on by hand, but you could also cut out vinyl circles with your Cricut if that is easier. If you use vinyl circles, I would Mod Podge over them to seal them before using.
- You’re ready to play! The score cards are laminated, so use your dry erase markers to keep score and then just erase at the end of the game so you’re ready for next time!
How would your family take the PPL PowerHour Challenge to spend one hour without using electricity?
Would you head outside? Play board games? Do you think you could make it the full hour?
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