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5 Paper Games-Your Family Can Play Now

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We live in a rural location and due to masses of snow, we are unable to get the car out for 4 days now. As ever some screen time is allowed, then some communal telly, walks where possible.

But still I don’t think that’s social enough – we humans need to talk – we are wired and manufactured that way.

Wooden Toys are too solitary during this period, perhaps creative toys could work, but let’s be realistic, with these snows you need something now with what you have now at home now.

So here are some excellent 2 player and Family paper based games. You’ll need just 3 things:

# something to write with

# something to write on,

# some game ideas.

You do the first two actions, here’s my bit on the 3rd action point.

Remember some of these games will likely be New to your family so uptake should be good.

#1 Paper Pictionary – Game for “Loads-a-People”

Players secretly write down common phrases on pieces of paper and fold them up and place them in a bowl in the centre of the table. The first chosen artist randomly picks a piece of paper from the bowl and must draw and get the others to guess the phrase without talking or drawing letters or symbols. Once guessed correctly, a new artist is picked.

Note to Parent – Little ones can join in, but normally verbally announce what they are drawing as they draw which is always a giggle!!!

#2 Paper Whispers – “Loads-a-People”

The verbal version of this is what I remember as “Chinese Whispers”, where everyone sits in a circle and someone whispers to the next person, who whispers to the person next to them, and by the end “I want cheese” has turned into “My eyes want to sneeze”?

This is the paper version! The first person draws a picture on a group sheet of paper, then passes the paper to the person next to them to describe in no more than 3 words that picture. Then the writer folds the paper covering the picture, leaving the caption visible, and hands the paper to the next person.

The next person reads the caption and must draw the picture of that caption. The drawer folds the paper covering the caption, leaving the picture visible, and hands the paper to the next person etc etc until everyone has had a turn.

Lastly, the paper is handed back to the first person, who then compares the first picture with the last caption – very funny so long as nobody goes off-piste!!!

#3 Paper Battleship – Game for 2

Paper Battleship TemplateYou need 2 grids – One for the position of your fleet and a separate grid for your attempts to get your opposites.

This is my attempt at those grids here.

Each player’s fleet consists of the following ships:

1 x Aircraft carrier – 5 squares

1 x Battleship – 4 squares

1 x Cruiser – 3 squares

2 x Destroyers – 2 squares each

2 x Submarines – 1 square each


Each ship occupies a number of squares on the grid, horizontally or vertically. During play, the players take turns in making a shot at the opponent, by calling out the coordinates of a square (eg D5). The opponent responds with “hit” if it hits a ship or “miss” if it misses. If the player has hit the last remaining square of a ship the opponent must announce the name of the ship; eg “You sank my battleship”.

#4 Giant Paper X’s & O’s – Game for two.

Draw 9 X’s & O’s games on a sheet of paper. 3 games drawn from left to right with 3 layers from top to bottom.

See my attemptGiant Xs & Os here.

Just ensure the outline of each game is distinctly visible.

Now one player is a leader and one player is a follower. If Tom starts on top game on left with an “X”, so then must Aoife put her “O” in that game.

So it continues with Tom leading and placing his X’s where he wishes. Aoife must place her “O” on that game. TOM can play all, some of one of the 9 games at the same time.

Game finishes when all 9 games are finished. The winner is the person who has won the most games.



#5 Paper Categories – A Game for 1, 2 or more.

Paper Family Game - CategoriesFor this, you need a grid. Like the one I have here.

Along the top are the categories, along the side is the start letter for the word in that category.

We make up the start letter by spelling out the name of the player, in this example lisa ie -L-I-S-A-

So Lisa has to find a Boys Name that starts with “L” then a girls name that starts with “L” all the way across to an animal beginning with “L”.

The next player who’s name is Ben then starts the same categories ie a Boyys name beginning with “B” all the way across.

Parental Note – Boys called Zak never win this game!!!

My favourite is “paper battleship”, but “paper whispers” is also great fun. Let me know how you get on – Mimi

PS the templates should be printable – just mouse over them, right click, copy image, open word and paste – should work.

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