We know that communication within the family is important because it helps us express our thoughts and to strengthen our relationship with each other. There are multiple fun games and exercises for families to do together to improve their communication skills. “What If?” is one of the games families could play to improve how they communicate with each other while having fun and sharing a good laugh together! Here is how the game works…
- 2 bowls
- Strips of paper
- Pencil or pen for each family member
- Each family member gets a pen or a pencil and 2 strips of paper
- On the first slip, everyone writes a silly or serious question or any question that quickly comes to mind. Put all the questions in one of the bowls and mix them up.
- One the second slip of paper, everyone writes an answer to the questions they came up. Put all the answers in the second bowl and mix them up.
- Pass each bowl around so that each family member takes one question slip and one answer slip
- Have each family member read the question and the answer in their hand. The questions and answers may not go well with each other and you may have some funny combinations!
- Continue the game by starting over and beginning with two more slips of blank paper again. It may take a few rounds for everyone to get into the swing of it.
After the game:
- Have a family discussion. Did this activity spark anyone’s imagination? Why do they think the question and answer combinations got funnier after several rounds of the game?
For more communication game and exercise ideas, visit https://positivepsychology.com/communication-games-and-activities/.