Children love playing games, and there is no better time to do so than when together for the holidays. Try these simple and easy to set up winter holiday games at your next gathering.
- Medium-sized white Styrofoam balls
- 3 buckets, pots or baskets from small to large
- Tape to create a line that the children will stand behind
Begin by setting the targets in a line, with the largest in front. Take turns trying to toss the snowball into one. Smaller children can toss the snowball from a closer distance than the bigger kids. Allow multiple chances for the smaller ones to make it into a bucket.
Parents can choose to have three tiers of presents, with the smaller, less expensive ones given for the largest target. The most expensive presents will be given for the smallest bucket.
Snowball Relay Run
- 2 children for each team
- 2 buckets, baskets or pots for each team
- 2 small Styrofoam balls or white yarn wrapped into a ball for each team
- 1 tablespoon per child
Set one bucket at each end of the room for each team.
The first child from each team will balance their snowball on their spoon and race to the other side, where they drop it into the bucket. The waiting team-mate then begins their turn. The first team to put both of their snowballs into the buckets wins.
To add challenge to this game, wear mittens or gloves, and when the first team-mate reaches the bucket, take them off and pass them to their team-mate.
Did You See What I Saw?
- 1 decorated box with removable lid
- 20 small items placed into the box
- Paper and pen for each child
The children sit in a circle or a line and each is given ten seconds to look into the box and memorize the contents. After ten seconds, pass the box to the next child.
One they have all been able to look in the box, place the lid on. The children are then given 60 seconds to write as many items that were in the present as they can. The child that remembered the most can reach into the box and, with their eyes closed, pick out a prize.
The Funny Carol
- Construction paper
- 1 marker
- Sticky-Tack or Tape
This game requires some set up ahead of time. Cut the construction paper into small squares and rectangles and write one or two common words on each. For ideas, you can use the lyrics from Christmas carols. Put a small amount of Sticky-Tack or tape on the back of each.
Give each child a chance to place words on the wall in any order they wish to try to come up with the funniest Christmas carol they can imagine.
The winner can then be given a prize.
Christmas should always be a time of joy for children. Coming up with variations of these games is a great way for them to have fun together.