It's all too tempting to spend the next few days obsessing over holiday toys and glued to new tech gifts. But before the family scatters, bring everyone together with some fun games! TODAY Style Editor and all around professional girlfriend Bobbie Thomas shares way to make the most of your holiday break.
If you're looking for a tabletop activity that offers up a little more excitement than a traditional puzzle, board game or word game, check out Bounce Off, which comes with a grid board and colored ping-pong balls. The goal is to bounce the balls into the grid to make simple patterns. A fun mix of sport and strategy for all ages ($16, mattel.com).
I gave this game a test run at a recent holiday party and have to say that by the end, everyone was laughing hysterically. Each player holds a faux moustache up to their face while the coordinating cards are turned over. Watch for the card that matches your ‘stache, and then grab the card as soon as you see it. The player with the most cards at the end wins. Simple but silly, and great for the whole family ($9.99, spinmaster.com).
Ink'd: The Tattoo Guessing Game
If you think you've seen every party game, think again. In "Ink'd: The Tattoo Guessing Game," you pull a card to draw (mermaid, jack-in-the-box, etc) and a body part card indicating where you have to draw the item on a friend (around belly button, arm, chest, etc.) while people guess what you're drawing. The funny tattoos at the end of the night make for good Instagram photos and lots of laughs — and of course, the markers are skin safe and tested to both cosmetic industry and toy-and-game industry standards. For ages 18 and up ($14.99 haywiregroup.com).
A fave in Kathie Lee Gifford's house, Bananagrams challenges players to race against each other to build words from tiles. There's no pencil, paper or board required, which makes it great to bring along on trips. It's also a fun way to keep your (and your kids') minds in shape over the long break. For ages 7 & up ($12.99 bananagrams.com).
Every year it seems like there's a trendy toy that flies off the shelves; this year, it's "Pie Face," where players take turns spinning a risky little wheel. If you're lucky, you'll escape with a clean face. If you're unlucky, a teeny little hand will actually throw whipped cream in your face (gently, of course)! The game has become so popular, counterfeits were actually spotted on the market this season, but I was able to confirm that Toys R Us stores are currently carrying the real deal. P.S. You supply the whipped cream ($14.99, toysrus.com).
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