So, you have a houseful of guests (which, depending on who you’re talking to could mean anywhere from 5 people to 50+), and you’re ready to play a game. What is a good way to pick teams? What if no one really wants to pick a team? What if you don’t want to spend much time in choosing teams? Try these ideas:
1. Go around the room, and everyone is either a one or two (or, if needed, a three, a four, etc.): 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, and so on.
We’ve all been there. You’re standing there, minding your own business, when suddenly you’re told that, “You’re a two!”. Yep. You’ve officially been roped into a group game, and are now on team two.
2. Separate the room in halves, thirds, or quarters. Whichever section you’re sitting in is your team.
You’ll probably have to do just a bit of shuffling to make each section roughly even. Make sure you don’t have a team mostly made up of adults, and a team made up of kids. Unless that’s your plan… Which brings us to the next option:
3. Kids against adults!
Obviously, some games don’t lend themselves to this one. But, you might be surprised how well those kids can hold their own!
4. Birth order
Hear me out on this one… This is something that my siblings and I did a lot with our friends. We would play “First borns against second borns”. When Kyle, and other third borns wanted in, we added them as a third team. It’s astounding how much first borns think alike, and second borns think alike… It’s a great way to find your strengths and weaknesses! (Of course, this gets tricky with 4ths, 5ths, and others. I guess we usually just piled them all into a team of their own. 🙂 )
5. Families against families
This one can be fun, too! It turns out, your family can communicate in ways you don’t fully appreciate until your competitive side is unleashed. My siblings and I have enough inside jokes (that we don’t even think about!) to aid us a LOT in games like Charades, Cranium, Taboo, and others.