I am the only girl in a house full of boys. I realized early that I was going to have to be creative if I wanted to have meaningful dinner conversation beyond "pass the potatoes, please!". Of course, insisting that everyone stay at the table after supper to discuss their day kind of went over like a lead balloon too.
One day while doing some shopping I came up with an idea because of course all brilliant ideas are born while shopping, aren't they? I found a section of games that were on sale. I bought two card games that said they could be played in 12 minutes. I also bought a basket. I went home and collected other games that we already had and put those in the basket as well.
That night after supper I asked who might want to play a quick game. It worked! While laughing and playing games, they unwittingly shared about their day, what they did, who they talked to and even other stuff they probably didn't mean to say.
We now have a full basket of games that sits beside our table ready for meals or just a quick game at any time. Here are just a few:
This basket is also great to grab when we are going on trips or to pick up if we are headed out to a restaurant. Since most of the games are 12 minute games, they are great to play while waiting for our food orders to arrive.