If you are planning a Christmas party for children in the coming weeks or perhaps even a birthday party, why not entertain the kids with some fun festive games.
Simple, traditional party games can be adapted to suit a Christmas theme such as:
‘Santa Says’ – this is instead of ‘Simple Simon’ played in exactly the same way.
Snowman Freeze – when the music stops, children have to freeze and stand still like a snowman. The child that moves is out until the last remaining child is left.
Pin the Tail on Rudolph – like ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ but adapted to pinning a big red nose on Rudolph instead.
‘Santa, Santa, Elf’ – Re-named ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’. You can choose other appropriate names too if you prefer.
Christmas Pass the parcel Game
Apart from the traditional style games, here are some other games and activities that are really fun to play:
Fill The Christmas Stocking Relay:
Ideal for a larger group of children, this game involves splitting the kids into two teams. Hang up a couple of christmas stockings and get two large bowls and fill them with sweets. The children have to scoop up sweets with a spoon, walk over to the stocking and fill it, then run back and give the spoon to the next child in the line. The team who fills up the stocking the most sweets are the winners. If you can use anything suitable to fill the stocking with if you don’t wish to use sweets.
Pass the Candy Cane:
Form two groups of children if possible into two lines. The Children have to pass a Candy Cane sweet to each other using one finger only. The first team to pass the Candy Cane up and down the line is the winning team.
Christmas Word Countdown:
Great for smaller groups of older children that can read and write. Write out Christmas related words (e.g Father Christmas) on a piece of paper then cut them out and place in a bag.
Each child in turn has to pull out a word then see how many smaller words they can create from that word within a set time (e.g Fat, Mister, Sister etc)
Hunt the Star or Bauble:
Ideal for kids of all ages, hide star or bauble decorations around the room and the child that finds the most wins a prize.
Decorate a Cookie:
Kids love a bit of cookie decorating, especially when they get to eat their creations.
Make cookies beforehand into shapes such as snowmen, christmas trees, gingerbread men, round Christmas puddings. Children will have so much fun with icing and adding sweets and sprinkles to them.
Our Christmas Pass the Parcel game is ready to play - just play it in the same way as you normally do, children will so much fun dipping their hands in the box and hunting for a wrapped gift!
You could also use this as an alternative to party bags, as each child leaves the party, they get to have a go at 'lucky dip'.