Wow… we live in some pretty weird times right now. As I’m writing this I can already feel the anxiety starting to bubble up. It’s pretty much daily life for a lot of us right now I’m sure. I’ve refrained from talking about covid-19 through my business up until now. Mostly because I’m just tired of thinking/talking/reading/listening to it. However, I’ve basically come to realize there’s no escaping it right now, this is our new reality. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m coming up with 5 “free games at home” a week that you can play at home or in your backyard. All of them can be found on the Journey Junkies page of my website. If you’re not a member, sign up here.

Free games at home

Why Free Games at Home?

Is this a ploy to get more people to my site? Damn straight, it’s how I make money, but it’s also just what I do, every day. I create design and photography, I make things pretty. I’m not ashamed to tell you that or to admit it. Yes, you have to sign up for emails to get the password, but you can delete yourself whenever you want. Each week I’m going to post new printable games. You can download them, print them (if needed), and play with your family and especially with your kids. If you don’t like the idea, then don’t sign up. If you’re looking for a way to support a small business then, please share with your friends and family then lead them to my site. And have fun. Post about playing the games on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


1. To Keep the Sanity

These are weird times right now, I know I said that already but it’s worth saying again, and this is how I plan to keep my sanity. See, I already worked from home, so staying home is not something that’s “weird” for me. Nevertheless, my husband is home, I can’t just run to Hobby Lobby for a few supplies without literal fear, and I’m having to home yoga. That’s all weird for me. I’m so very lucky and blessed to be where I am though. I can still work, even if the money has basically stopped, I’m fine financially (thanks Dad for money-saving genes you passed on to me), and I don’t have kids at home.


2. To Entertain the Kids

I’m so so lucky and I want to help all my mom friends out there. Are you pulling your hair out yet? I spent 2.5 days helping my parents take care of 3 kids and all I could think was “yup, this is why I’m not a Mom.” I’m great at the “let’s-play-a-game-time” and I’m great at coming up with games, but the whole squelch-their-fears and make-sure-they-eat-and-don’t-kill-each-other, I’m not so great. That’s why I’m sharing what I am good at. You keep them alive, and I’ll help with the entertaining.


3. To Squelch the Fear of the Unknown

My business is all about planning for life’s “journeys”. It’s about celebrating weddings, birthdays, holidays, vacations etc. But, right now, planning has really come to a halt. Brides are rescheduling weddings, vacations are put on hold, and birthdays are celebrated without friends. And we don’t know when this is going to change. That’s a scary thing for me to think about, celebrating is what I do! It’s who I am! But we can celebrate at home. So let’s play some games.


Theme of the Week

If you have ever followed my business then you know that I love themes. When my sister tells me that my nephews birthday party isn’t going to have a theme, part of me dies. Okay, not really, but I love a good theme. My house is even a little “themed” (if you know where to look). So each week will have a theme, and this week the theme is Spring.


5 Free Games This Week

Spring Coloring Pages

Download free spring coloring pages on the Journey Junkies page
Download free spring coloring pages on the Journey Junkies page

First up for the free games are these spring themed coloring pages. I’m sure there are loads of free coloring pages out there but personally I love to color so I couldn’t resist making some for spring. Coloring is also very therapeutic for adults as well. So get out some crayons/markers/colored pencils and go to town!


Easter Tic-Tac-Toe

Printable Easter Tic Tac Toe Game
Printable Easter Tic Tac Toe Game

Another great thing about spring is Easter and with everything a little unsure right now, we don’t know how much Easter we will get to celebrate. Therefore, I had to make this Easter themed tic-tac-toe.


Spring Emojis

This next game is for those of you who love your phone. I know it may not be the best hobby in the world, but let’s be real here, we are on our phones a lot, and that’s okay. See if you can guess the spring sayings based on the emojis used. Answers are included. Match the sayings or try to come up with them on your own.

Emoticon Game to play at home
Emoticon Game to play at home

Bunny Hop

I made this next game to get you up off your feet! That’s right, you’re going to do a bit of hopping, and you may need some space. You’ll need a dice for this one. If you don’t have a dice, there’s an app on your phone you can download that lets you roll a dice. This one is a little more complicated so I’ve laid out the directions below and you have two options: play the life-sized version or the board game version.

I’ve included a sample set up below to help you understand and in the download.

Sample layout for the Bunny Hop Game.
Sample layout for the Bunny Hop Game. All pieces included with directions in the file as well.

Life-Sized Version Directions

  • Print out all pieces as follows:
    • 1 bunny, and 1 basket per player
    • 16 squares per player.
    • 4 eggs per player
    • 2 carrots per player
  • Set up the game on the floor in line from the bunny to the basket with the 16 squares in between.
    • Create a straight line or make it turn, it’s up to you!
  • Place 4 eggs and 2 carrots randomly on the markers
    • Wherever you want but only 1 per square
  • Take turns rolling the dice and hopping down the line, one hop per marker.
    • If you roll a 5, you must hop 5 times down the line with your bunny.
  • Collect your eggs as you hop.
    • You can only collect the eggs you land on, so if you miss an egg, you must go back to get it!
    • You can go either way with the roll, so if you missed an egg, use your next turn to go backwards
  • If you land on a carrot you must go back home to eat stand start over again
  • The first person to get to their basket with all their eggs wins!

If you don’t want to actually hop, you can also play this game as a board game.

Board Game Version Directions

  • Print out all pieces as follows:
    • 1 bunny, and 1 basket per player
    • 4 eggs per player
    • 2 carrots per player
  • Place 4 eggs and 2 carrots randomly on the markers
    • Wherever you want but only 1 per square
  • Take turns rolling the dice and hopping down the line, one hop per marker.
    • If you roll a 5, move your bunny 5 squares
  • Collect your eggs as you hop.
    • You can only collect the eggs you land on, so if you miss an egg, you must go back to get it!
    • You can go either way with the roll, so if you missed an egg, use your next turn to go backwards
  • If you land on a carrot you must go back home to eat stand start over again
  • The first person to get to their basket with all their eggs wins!

Bug Jar

Free Games at home: Fill the Jar
Free Games at home: Fill the Jar

Finally, for the last of the free games at home, you will also need a dice.

  • Print 1 jar per player and 1 sheet of bugs per player.
  • Cut apart the bugs so they are individually set.
  • Take turns rolling the dice.
  • Fill the jar with the bugs based on the number you roll.
  • The first person to fill their jar by covering all the dots, wins.

Download the Free Games at Home

That’s a wrap for the free games at home for this week. If you’re ready to download the free games at home, then head over to the Journey Junkies page now. You’ll be able to sign up if you’re not a member and will have access to a bunch of free designs, including the games.

Be sure to come back next week. I’ll be sharing 5 free games to get you up and moving!

Free Games At Home You Can Play Inside or in Your Backyard

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