I hope you are all getting in the festive spirit, it’s only ten days until Christmas eve after all! I have put together a list of games I found on line which may be useful to some, perhaps if you are hosting a Christmas party in school or at home. I will be using the following for my Christmas Craft Day this weekend, I am so looking forward to it! So here they are, ten games guaranteed to make them smile, and best of all.. all games require very little, ( if any) spending. Enjoy!
1. Mystery Stocking:
Fill a Christmas stocking with a variety of mystery items. These could be a variety of little sweets or toys, or they could also be objects you already have at home, such as a sponge, a rubber, a match, or a bow anything at all! The child must guess an item, without looking into the stocking. They can shake, touch or smell but they cannot look!
2. Christmas ABC’s :
This might be useful for an older group, maybe 3rd-6th. I would also recommend putting the children in groups to help each other. Basically, each group must come up with a word associated with Christmas for each letter of the alphabet, e.g. R- Reindeer. It is more challenging than you would think!
3. Do you see what I see?
Two children sit back to back. One child has a Christmas object, which he/ she must describe to the other child, who will draw the object based only on the description given by the child. No peeking allowed!
4. Limbo with tinsel– self explanatory!
5. Pin the nose on the Reindeer-
A Christmas version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
6. Musical Chairs Grinch-
Last one standing is the grinch!
7. Word Find:
( 3rd- 6th) Give each child a pencil and paper. Set a timer for 1 or 2 minutes. The child who writes the most Christmas words in the given time frame wins!
8. Snowman Wrapping Contest:
A variation on the mummy wrapping for Halloween. Split the children into teams, and give them a roll of toilet roll. The first team to make a snowman by wrapping a child from head to toe in toilet paper wins!
9. Snowman Freeze:
A variation of musical statues.
10. Candy Cane Relay:
Divide children into two groups and ask them to form a line. The child at the front of the line will be given a candy cane. The child must pass it backwards, using only one finger as a hook for the candy cane. The first team to make it to the back of the line without dropping the candy cane wins.
11. Burst the Bauble:
You will need a lot of balloons for this one! Again, split children into teams. Place a basket full of balloons at the top of the room. The children will form lines. Once the teacher blows the whistle, they must try burst a balloon, then pass to the next person in the line, and so on. Whichever team bursts the most balloons wins the game.
12. Blow the Christmas Candle:
This game requires adult supervision!
Have a candle in a secure case on a table. A child will be blindfolded. The child must listen to the children’s directions to find his/her way to the candle to blow it out. A time frame of five minute applies. It is a fun one because it can get very confusing listening to lots of people giving directions, one might become very muddled!