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With school starting, it’s about to get a little harder for the whole family to spend time together. There will be afterschool practices, booster clubs, and PTA meetings. Use some great Thirty-One products to spend time with your family!

One night a week, turn off the TV and have a family game night! While sometimes you’ll have to reschedule to accommodate recitals or away games or just homework, try to make it a regular, weekly appointment.

For the first few nights, plan ahead and organize what games you’re going to play. This is easier on you – for setting things up – and will make the game nights smoother until you establish them as routine.

Make a Score kit. For games like charades you’ll be on teams. If you want to keep score, write the numbers 1 – 10 on two sets of index cards longways. Punch a hole in the center of the top of each card and string a ribbon through it or slide each card onto a key ring. Now you’ve got a score card for each team. You can put these cards and other supplies for game night (like spare pens and pencils) in a Littles Carry-All Caddy with sets of card games or spare dice.

Keep your supplies together. Board games and puzzles are a great place to start, but they can get boring if you go back to them too often.  Try using an Organizing Utility Tote to keep up with supplies for DIY games. Get a stopwatch or kitchen timer for games like charades, a blindfold and Velcro-dots for impromptu pin the tail on the donkey, blank stickers for “Who am I?” and other props for the other childhood games you loved.  Don’t forget to include little prizes! Things like “get out of 1 chore” coupons or “winner picks the next game” are free and fun to win!

Make a simple dinner. For game night, keep dinner light and simple and have healthy snacks ready for nibbling between turns or games. The Small Rectangle Basket is a great way to carry all the snacking paraphernalia you’ll need from the kitchen to your den or living room. Fill it with a box of crackers, a block of cheese with a knife or slicer, pre-sliced fruit in a sealed box, nuts, pretzels, party mix, and a closed pitcher of water or tea. Cups, napkins, and plates will also fit in the neat basket. As an added bonus, once game night is over, the Small Rectangle Basket works well to clean up the snack supplies and take them back to the kitchen without making more than one trip.

Don’t let a busy schedule get in the way of spending time with your family!

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