Here are some well known games with a christmas twist to it, which kids, especially younger ones, can get heaps of fun from no matter how many times they play them.
- Christmas Three-Legged Race
- Santa Says!
- Pass the Christmas Gift
Just like the normal three legged race but join pairs of kids by using an oversized Christmas stocking. Each child puts a leg into the stocking, which can then be tied at the top to keep it on. You could even use a tinsel finishing line.
Just like the classic 'Simon Says' you can have the 'Santa Says' instead.
One child or an adult is Santa and gets to wear a Santa hat and beard. The others have to follow any instruction Santa gives which starts with Santa says, but should not follow any other instructions that are not preceded by Santa says?.
This works like the classic kids party game the all time favourite, Passing the parcel.
Wrap a parcel with layers of Christmas wrapping and sit children in a circle. Pass the parcel from child to child with Christmas music playing. When the music stops the child holding the parcel unwraps a layer. The last child to unwrap a layer gets the prize inside. You can also have a small treat taped to each layer of wrapping, or instructions on each layer, such as 'pass to the youngest child'.
- Christmas Balloon Fight
- Pin the Nose on Rudolph - or Frosty
- Christmas Memory Games
- Toss the Snowball
Divide the children into two teams, and tie red and green balloons to their ankles using string (one or even two ballons, as you prefer). If you like, one team could be green and the other red. On a given signal the children have to try to burst the other team's balloons. The team which has the last balloon left not burst is the winning team.
Pin up a big picture of Rudolph, or Frosty the Snowman, at the right height for children to reach.. Each child needs a nose (a red circle for Rudolph, or a carrot for Frosty).
The nose should have the childs name on it and some kind of adhesive on the back. Then play as for 'pin the tail on the donkey'. Just blindfold children one at a time, turn them around and watch them try to stick the nose where it should go. Closest to the right spot wins.
Another variation could be to pin the star or fairy on the Christmas tree.
Put a selection of different items in a box, around 18 items is a good number for children this age.
Show children the items in the box for a minute, then secretly remove one or two items. The children then have to guess which item or items are missing.
Another variation to this game can be to, show children the items, then take the box away and ask the children to name the items and see how many they can remember.
You dont need snow for this fun christmas party games for kids.
Make a large cardboard snowman, with a large hole cut out in the middle or more than one hole if the snowman is large enough. Have a supply of snowballs, white foam balls would work great or white pom-poms or even white marshmallows wrapped in cling film.
Each child has three snowballs and stands at a marked distance from the snowman and tries to throw them through the hole. All three snowballs in earns a special reward. If you use marshmallows, of course, the reward is being able to eat them afterwards!
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