Family Reunion Games {Jeopardy!}

It’s that time of year!  Family Reunion time!  I have a great family reunion game to share today: Family Reunion Jeopardy!  It’s time to find out just how well you know your family! All it takes is a little bit of research to create this amazing family reunion game. Your family will have a great time while they learn all about their family history. You can’t go wrong!Family Reunion Game Idea {Jeopardy!} How well do you know your family? {} #familyreuniongames #jeopardy #familyhistory #familygames #familyreunion

Family Reunion Games Jeopardy

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Creating a Jeopardy game might sound daunting, but it’s much easier than you think. The first thing you need to do is to make a plan.

  1. Who will your game be about?  Everyone at the reunion?  The oldest living people at the reunion?  The youngest?  My family reunion was for all the descendants of my Grandma and Grandpa, so we made the game about them.
  2. Who will play the game?  We had a “Survivor” theme throughout the reunion–with the families of Grandma and Grandpa’s children playing against each other.  We let the children–those who knew Grandma and Grandpa best–compete in this game.
  3. What will the categories be?  Here are ours:
  • When “He” Was a Little Girl {Questions about Grandpa’s early life.}  Grandpa used to tease the grandkids and say, “When I was a little girl . . . ” instead of “When I was a little boy.”
  • Sugar & Spice {Questions about Grandma’s early life.}  Grandma was a great cook, so this title fit her nicely.
  • Happily Ever After {Questions about Grandma and Grandpa’s Married Life}
  • Who Done It? {Guess who this funny story is about}
  • You Can’t Take It With You {Things Grandma and Grandpa taught us — Contestants had to name which parent taught that lesson and give a story to go with it}

Now that you have a plan, use Excel or some other program to plan out your game board. Jeopardy Family Reunion Game Idea and Tutorial -- How well do you know your family? {}(I know these questions and answers won’t mean anything to you.  I just wanted to show you how I did it.)  This plan will come in handy when it’s time to put the cards on the board! Now that you have a plan and questions and answers, you’ll need to decide where you will play.  I had a dry erase board that I had not yet mounted on the wall, so we used that.  I measured the space and did a little math to figure out how large each of my cards needed to be.  Then I printed them all out.  If your reunion is inside, you could even just tape everything to the wall.  If you have access to a chalkboard, magnets are really helpful! (I didn’t use fancy magnets. Those are simple round magnets with stickers on top to make them look cuter.) Except for the categories, you will need three cards for every space on your game board.  See below. Jeopardy Family Reunion Game Idea and Tutorial -- How well do you know your family? {} Of course, you will also need buzzers!  We used cheap squeeze toys from the dollar store.  They came four to a pack, and I’m pretty sure they are probably dog toys!

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Finally, you’ll need a game show host–preferably someone who’s not afraid to act like an idiot!  (Yep that’s me.  Definitely not afraid to act like an idiot.  In fact, I don’t even have to try!  It all comes very naturally.) Family Reunion Game Idea {Jeopardy!} How well do you know your family? {} #familyreuniongames #jeopardy #familyhistory #familygames #familyreunion Play is just like regular Jeopardy.

  1. The first player selects a category and a point value.
  2. The host reads the question, and the players buzz in to tell the answer in the form of a question.
  3. If the player answers correctly, he/she earns the point value on the card.  If the player answers incorrectly, he/she loses the point value on the card and someone else gets to take a turn guessing.
  4. We did not do double or final jeopardy.  When all the questions have been answered, the player with the most points wins!

Our family really had a lot of fun with this game.  I hope yours will, too!

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  1. This is SO fun!! You really are one creative Mamma! ;)

  2. Stopping by from Best Of The Weekend Party link party. This is such a cute idea. My husbands family reunion is in July. This is on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. LOL you are self deprecating like me…I like you! This looks like a ton of fun!

  4. Brilliant idea! Are those the questions for your family? Because I’d love to know the story about the mouse in the pant leg!

  5. Our family would love this. We are so used to playing cut throat UNO that this would be a nice change!

  6. What a great idea! This is a great way to break the ice at large family gatherings where everyone hasn’t seen each other in a while!

  7. We’ve been doing Peters Family Jeopardy for a number of years now. Everybody loves playing the game. This July will be our 41st Family reunion at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia! Oh, and each year I make a Jeopardy “Teaser” commercial to get the masses excited:

    Oliver Peters

  8. Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell says

    Heidi, this is AWESOME! You’re so creative :) I love family reunions and this would be so fun to play at our next one. I’m so pinning this to my Family Reunion board! Thank you for allowing this post as a roundup on our Summer Themed #PinUP Pin Party! Join us every Friday, a new theme every week!

  9. Cool to see someone else doing this… my family has been making homemade jeopardy games for years as a way to have family game nights to get everyone “unplugged” from electronics. We normally just use a dry erase board and keep the Q&A on notepads, but I love your creative board! Congrats on a great design.

    P.S. When I make my boards I normally make them a mix of older pop culture and academics to secretly use the moment to teach the kids about history and lessons the schools today tend to neglect…. shhhhh, don’t tell! :)

  10. Esther Edwards says

    I love your Jeopardy and want to make one for our family reunion. How did you stick the papers to the board? Thank you!

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