As a teacher, mother and writer, I care about words. I've always encouraged my children to read and used every opportunity to expand their vocabulary. We've spend hours as a family playing Scrabble and a few months ago my college son introduced us to a new word game.
I won't go into all the rules or fun but Quiddler is a card game designed for all ages. I warn you, have a dictionary on hand for controversies because in a house full of teenagers it gets pretty competitive. You can get bonus points for longest words, most words and lots of laughs for attempts to sneak those questionable words by your opponents.
We've all heard of the studies about families who eat together and play together. Well, this a great educational way to play together. And it's not a video game. Sit at the kitchen table, put a bowl of chex mix in the middle and have fun.
Turn off the TV and game system and play a good old fashion card game but with an educational twist. Quiddle some new words with your friends and family.