Family Time Calendar: Get Relaxed

Hung a great big "The Kitchen Is Closed" sign after yesterday's turkey fest? Decreed you are absolutely not getting back in the car after driving through traffic to and from your in-laws'? Kick back with some (leftover) turkey sandwiches and unwind with some board games. Given that you probably had enough, um, excitement yesterday -- between your brother-in-law's yelling at the TV over the football game, your mother asking about the turkey and the kids asking if they could please just skip the dinner and go straight to dessert -- we'd suggest going for quiet games that don't beep, bounce or buzz. Luckily, there are plenty of those. Here are some of our favorites:

Great games for preschoolers:

Great games for kids 4 to 8:

Great games for kids 8 and up:

Tips for playing with children of varying ages: Getting preschoolers and grade-schoolers to agree on games can be a challenge. If you find that your older kids object to playing "baby" games, here are some tactics to try: Team younger kids up with adults to play some of the more challenging games, or assign older kids to be "coaches" or "referees" on the simpler games. Another option is to have one adult play the simpler games with younger kids, and another with the older kids, and then switch after the games are done.

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