Some fun games we play in our house, feel free to add some that you play:
The Dishes Game
Make the other person empty and fill the dishwasher. Let that “clean” light on the dishwasher stay on as long as you can while you continue to put dirty dishes in the sink and around the counter. Use dirty pots and pans to your advantage by placing in the sink or using up valuable counter space. Bonus points if you can eat directly out of containers or clean dirty plates for a single use meal.
Take Out the Dog Game
Object is to not take out the dog. Dog asks to go out, immediately find somewhere else to be. Pretending to take a poop is a good one as you yell for someone else to take out that dog. Getting the kids to help out is a good way to play too, but doesn’t score you or your wife any points. A dog that dilly-dallies in craptastic weather like cold or rain get’s you bonus points while you come out of the loo and watch the action from inside. This can also be combined with the Pretend You’re Sleeping Game below.
The Trashcan Game
Bend time and dimension and shove another egg carton or food waste product into the trashcan. See if you can push the HDPE tensile strength to its laboratory limits as you boot-stomp another piece of trash on top. The loser of this game is the one who finally gives in and takes out the trash. Bonus points to the winner if a hole develops and spills garbage on the floor. Automatic disqualification/losing if trash overflows and spills on the floor while still in the garbage can.
The Toilet Roll Game
Use up the last of the toilet paper? Don’t be the one to feed a new roll through the toilet paper holder. Just grab a new roll and place on top. That extra 5 seconds is too much work, and you won’t win the game if you feed it through. Instead, see how many empty rolls can stack up before someone finally breaks down and changes the roll properly. Winners outlast losers in this game of uncle.
The Pepper Mill Game
Freshly ground pepper makes a meal, but filling the pepper grinder sucks. Instead, pretend to grind invisible pepper on to your meal. A taste sacrifice is needed to win this game, but is well worth it as you save yourself the effort of getting the peppercorns out, opening up the pepper grinder, filling the pepper grinder, and putting it all back together. What do I look like, a mechanical engineer?
The Milk Jug Game
See how close you can get to emptying the milk jug or orange juice container without it actually being empty. My best is about 5 cc of milk. The Coffee Pot game is the sister to the Milk Jug game. If you leave a few teaspoons of coffee, you don’t have to make the next pot. Winning!
Stuff on the Stairs Game
This one is one of our favorites. Perhaps the best Everyone Loves Raymond episode is one entitled Baggage. It’s 22 minutes long of good gamemanship by both parties:
We play our own version of the game, but usually not with a suitcase. What happens is we identify something that needs to go up- or downstairs and sets it by or on the stairs. The object is to nonchalantly continue to pass the object for as long as humanly possible without actually taking the object to its destination. See how long you can go before your partner finally gives in like the loser she is.
Pretend You’re Sleeping Game
A kid wakes up in the middle of the night, or early on a Saturday or Sunday morning wanting you to make them breakfast or play with them. Pretend You’re Sleeping is a manmaker if you have a soft heart. How long can you let a crying kid go before tending to them? Who will break first? Snoring or adding some other pizzazz get’s bonus points.
Not Match The Socks Game
Matching socks is for losers. If you help out with laundry, it’s much easier to just throw all unmatched socks in the sock box. See if you can continue to simply grab to pairs of socks that look pretty similar every morning (who really notices black vs. blue anyways) and you never have to match another pair of socks again!
Got any other good ones?