Family Game Night {from homemade puzzle to pictionary, plans and a 4 year old} #GluenGlitter

Does your family ever plan a Family Game Night? Do you have planned activities and crafts or do you simply play board games and watch movies? How old were your children when you started Family Game Night?

Family Game Night with Sparkles #GluenGlitter

As you know, my son is four years old and, I believe, a little smarter and more advanced than some of his classmates. He lacks some in maturity, but he makes up for it in smart mouth attitude. He gets bored at daycare sometimes because he is still in the 3 year old class (moving up later this month, yay!) so lately he has been getting into some trouble. On the days when he is havving trouble, we make sure we are paying attention and on the days when he has no trouble, we celebrate! He had several great days this week so on Friday, we celebrated with a Family Game Night!!

Pajama Day - Superman jammies

Friday was pajama day at daycare and my boy wore his Superman pajamas. When we picked him up, we headed for Walmart to pick up some supplies for a special evening together.

I made a list with of a few things that I wanted to look at for our activity and a few other things I knew we needed. Hubby and I talked about making a homemade puzzle with one of the Elmer's Tri-Fold Display Boards. Our boy loves puzzles and we thought he would love making his own. The Boy and I have done finger paints on the Elmer's Tri-Fold Board before so I wanted a Tri-Fold Foam Board this time.

Elmer's Tri-Fold Foam Display Board #GluenGlitter

Elmer's 3D Paint Pens #GluenGlitter

We browsed school supplies aisle and the crafts section for just the right supplies we needed. You can see all of the pics from our shopping trip and Family Game Night in my Family Game Night with Sparkles #GluenGlitter Google Album.

Let's make a puzzle!! {or play Pictionary, whatever works…}

Sometimes you make plans for a 4 year old and he loves the idea in the store or during planning…and then sometimes he has plans of his own. We told The Boy about making a puzzle in Walmart and he jumped for joy, but when we told him that we wanted to make one big picture and cut it, he did NOT like that idea at all!

Elmer's 3D Paint Pens #GluenGlitter

He jumped right in and started making pictures and asking us to guess what it was so we made it into a game like Pictionary.

Farm with Elmer's 3D Washable Paint Pens #GluenGlitter

This was his work of art and because most of these are supposed to be animals, I decided to call this The Farm! πŸ˜‰

Pictionary and Requests {Mommy and Daddy's art}

Family Game Night with Sparkles #GluenGlitter

Sometimes you just have to give in to the best laid plans and just have fun with the family. Our boy absolutely loved spending time with us and making art. Who knows, maybe he will let us cut it in a few days and make a puzzle out of it. We still have a lot of space left on the board to make lots more artwork too!

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Homemade Puzzle Plans

Homemade Puzzle
Recipe Type: Family Game Night #GluenGlitter
Author: JanetGoingCrazy
Serves: One family – and friends can join too!
Have a Family Game Night and create your own personalized puzzle using Elmer's #GluenGlitter!
  • Elmer's Tri-Fold Foam Display Board or
  • Elmer's Corrugated Tri-Fold Display Board
  • Elmer's 3D Washable Paint Pens or
  • Elmer's Painters Markers
  • X-ACTO blade
  • Other crafts supplies as preferred – Foam pieces, felt, tissue paper, etc.
  1. Decide on a design as a family and draw it out or free hand.
  2. Color, paint, glue, design as desired.
  3. Allow paint and 3D art to dry overnight or as needed.
  4. Adults only – cut the design into puzzle pieces (do this without the children around so you can mix it up for them!)
  5. Put the puzzle back together over and over!

Prep time: may vary depending on how long you spend in Walmart! πŸ˜‰ Cook time: Don't cook it! Total time: As long as everyone is still having fun!

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When is your next Family Game Night? What do you have planned?!!


  1. Andrea Kruse says:

    I adore those 3D glitter glue pens! Yes, my kiddos 2 & 5 would rather create art than play a game I suggest. Still looks like you had a lot of fun and spent some quality family time together. win-win!

    • janet says:

      We had so much fun and my son just eats it up when we do family activities!!

  2. brich22 says:

    I think it is so important to have a special game night and everyone is involved. You have some great things to do too.

    • janet says:

      We loved it so much that I am planning another. My son is old enough for Candyland now so that may be our next game night!

  3. Holly Lefevre says:

    I love this idea so much. My daughter would get a hoot out of creating her own game! We have game night almost every week and something new would be fun!

    • janet says:

      I think when he is a little bit older, we may try making the game or puzzle again. Next game night will likely involve a board game – maybe Candyland!

  4. Shelby Barone says:

    What a fun family game night. We love playing games together too. Our favorite is Monopoly!

    • janet says:

      I cannot wait until my son is old enough for Monopoly! During Hurricane Ike, we all gathered at my dad’s house for safety and then it turned out that his house was the only one that lost electricity. We played Monopoly by lantern until 3am!!

  5. Aww! I think it still looks great. At least you had fun together and your son looks happy. πŸ™‚

    • janet says:

      Thanks! He was definitely LOVING the family activity!

  6. Alexandra R says:

    I love game night! I hope to start that with my family

    • janet says:

      It’s so much fun. πŸ˜‰

  7. lisalubrown says:

    That’s a great project and activity. His “animals” are funny. Kids see things so differently when very young. Thank you for the art idea.

    • janet says:

      I love when he draws things lately. He has a great eye for art!

  8. My daughter would love this craft/game project. Never thought to use glue glitter for PICTIONARY. You have a great idea here. Stealing it for sure.

    • janet says:

      Hehe…in a house full of boys and dogs, I have to throw in glitter and sparkle every now and then!

  9. Greta says:

    Gotta love the best laid plans going astray!

    • janet says:

      haha!!! with a 4 year old..there is little planning going on… We’re a “fly by the seat of our pants” kinda family!

  10. I love that you made the best of it and still had a great time together as a family. With toddlers that is what happens at times and it is good to yield and let them make some decisions and express themselves. Life with children is very much a learning experience; we learn things don’t always go the way we plan πŸ™‚

    • janet says:

      I love that my son is so creative that he can get into something like this and make us laugh and still have so much fun!


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