Taste of Soul: 6 Games to Bring the Fun to Your Family Reunion

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Who’s the Baby?
In advance of the reunion, the organizer asks each adult family member to submit a photo of himself or herself as a baby or young child. They should also send along recent photos showing how they look now.

At the reunion, the game organizer sets up a board and attaches the photos in two columns labeled “Then” and “Now.” He or she numbers the baby pictures and assigns letters to the recent pictures. Family members who want to play can study the pictures during the reunion. They try to match the baby with contemporary picture and record their answers on a form that they drop into a box.

The actual match-ups are announced and the winner gets a prize.

Family Trivia
Beforehand, the game organizer collects questions about the family. By quizzing family members, all can learn interesting facts about your family history. Where did Uncle Earl serve during the war? What year were grandma and grandpa married? What town in Texas was Great-grandpa John from? Which branch of the family has the most kids under 16 years old? Who just graduated from Howard University?

Write the questions on 3-by-5-inch cards and put the answers on the back. Next, divide the questions into whatever categories make sense. You might have questions about “Ancestors,” “Recent Events,” “Love and Marriage” or “Wacky Relatives.”

To play, divide into teams of two, three or four players. For each turn, a member of one team draws a card from a category and asks the question of the team whose turn it is. Move to a new category for each turn. Keep track of the number of right answers for each team to determine the winner.

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