Is this new year bringing with it a fresh start in a new home? Unfortunately, moving can be stressful. The joy of a new beginning gets lost in the midst of packing boxes and moving them into trucks without breaking anything. Even with the help of movers, moving can be a chore.
Rather than dwelling on this daunting task, start this new chapter on a positive note by making your move into a game. To help you do this, we created new home bingo boards. They have three bingo boards for parents to play with their kids. Read through to find which board will be the most fun for your family to play.
Settling Into a New Home
This bingo board will make unpacking a little more fun. Simply check off items as you do them and see who can get five in a row first. Items include things like putting toilet paper in the bathroom and setting up a bed frame. Tasks that seem dull before will now help you win this bingo game!
New Home Firsts
Over the first few months in your new neighborhood, you’ll get to know the ins and outs of your house. Celebrate the little joys of life such as your first night of sleep, your first shower and your first game night. This board will take a little longer to complete but will remind your family to celebrate the little wins. After someone wins Bingo, see who can fill out the entire board first.
Kids Scavenger Hunt
Moving with kids can be especially difficult. Some parents get a babysitter to help them on moving day. Others decide to involve them in the packing and unpacking process. Regardless of your approach, it’s important that you allow your kids to familiarize themselves with the new home. If possible, visit the house before moving day. Make it a fun trip with a trip to a local park or ice cream shop. This will make the space less scary when the move-in day comes.
Another way to familiarize your kids with this new house is by playing scavenger hunt bingo. Read through all the items on the boards with your children so that they understand what each one means. Then, before you unpack, have them go a hunt for each item.
Objects like closets and microwaves will be easier to find. The first aid kit and smoke detector might be tough, but these are important to know. If they can’t find an item, it might mean they need to help you unpack it!
Playing these games with your kids will help them view this change as positive. They will feel like they are part of the process and the transition won’t be as much of a shock. If you are moving a far distance, it can also help to set up a trip to go back and visit their old neighborhood and friend group. If this isn’t an option, technology is your friend. Set up weekly calls or facetime. It will be encouraging to be able to tell their old friends about new adventures.
Moving is always a challenge, but with these bingo boards, you can make it fun. Be sure to have a prize for the winner!