guide to children's Christmas party games at school or at home
girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom parent for both of my
children I have planned many school Christmas Parties. You will find some
ideas for kids parties
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Wrap an old mop handle up in red and green crepe paper with
Purchase enough donuts for each child.
ribbon through the donut hole. Tie the other end of the
ribbon to the decorated mop handle. Hold mop so that
children have to kneel to reach the donut. The object is
to see who can grab the donut with their teeth -- without hands!
Don't let kids use masks here. For older kids you may want to
cover their eyes with a bandana. Hang a new donut for each
player. If you want you can time each player to see how long it
takes. Shortest time wins.
plastic table cloth on the floor (preferably red or green).
Cover it with candy and Christmas trinkets such as toys,
erasers, pencils etc. Have the children stand a
distance from the table cloth and toss one or two rings.
Whatever their ring encompasses they get to keep. Be sure
to have goodie bags available. This game has always been a
great hit with the kids.
Divide the kids into teams
and have them form lines. Give the first player in each line a
pair of mittens. Give everyone a piece of wrapped candy. At a
signal, the first player in each team puts on the mittens,
unwraps the candy, and pops it into their mouth, they then pass
the mittens to the next player and the second player does the
same and it continues down the line. , The team that finishes
the group into two teams. Blow up red or green balloons
and tie one to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams
trying to burst the other team's balloons first. The team with
the last balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw
from the game.
Keep the balloons floating in
the air while thinking and saying words from a chosen category.
begin get everyone into a circle and start the balloon going
around from player to player keeping the balloon in the air at
all times. The catch however is before he can bat the balloon
each player must call out a word (no repetitions, please) to fit
an agreed upon theme. The theme could be Christmas songs,
Christmas decorations, Christmas presents etc....
Stuff the Santa
This is a great game that I
played with my daughter's 4th grade class and they loved it.
WHAT YOU NEED:
HOW TO PLAY:
Inflate balloons in
Divide kids into teams of
equal number of players. Have one of the group put on
the suit or tee shirt over their clothes.
Teammates are given the
task of stuffing the suit with balloons. Set a timer for two
minutes and see how many balloons the team can stuff into
the outfit before the time is up.
The next team of Santa
stuffers must try to top the previous record.
Create a Song
activity the kids will need to be very creative. They must
select their favorite holiday song and then write new song
lyrics for it.
the catch is that the new song lyrics must be connected to the
Guess the Smell Game
Fill jars or containers with
evergreen, candy canes, eggnog, candles, chocolate etc.
Blindfold the player and have them smell each jar and see if
they can identify the object in the jar.
Holiday Spy Code
Use the code system below to
create a holiday message for the kids to decipher.
Numbers Stand for Letters: For example 1 stands for A, 2 stands
for B, 3 stands for C etc...
C D E F G H I J
K L M
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13
N O P Q R S
T U V W X Y Z
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Your code could be:
WHAT YOU NEED FOR EACH
Set of mittens
HOW TO PLAY
Play this game as you would any relay race. Divide into teams.
Each player takes turns putting on mittens and balancing a
"snowball" on a spoon while racing to the other side of the
room. Drop the snowball into a bucket, return to the team, pass
the mittens and go to the back of the line. First team to
complete the race wins!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR EACH TEAM:
players per team
HOW TO SET UP GAME:
Put out two party favors, one box, a sheet of wrapping paper,
tape and ribbon for each team.
Each team must race to wrap the favors in the box and tie a bow.
Of course there is a catch -- they must hold one
hand behind their back, The object is to make the partners
communicate and work together to complete the gift wrapping
task. The first team to finish wins the gift or the team with
the best time wins.
CREATE YOUR OWN TRAIL
cutting out footprints from construction paper. Be sure to
use colors that fit with your theme. Label each footprint
items like raisins, M&M's, Cheerios or Chex cereal, chocolate
chips, bite size pretzels, and anything else that you think the
kids would like. Set each item out in a separate bowl.
Strategically place the bowls around the room. Place the
footprints in numeric order to guide the kids from one bowl to
child a plastic spoon and a Ziploc bag. Have them follow
the footprint "trail" to make their own trail mix. Remind
them only one spoonful per bowl goes into their bag.