Playing "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
by Jessica L
My daughter, who is 4, attended a really cute Christmas Party last year. The house was decorated as if it were “Who-ville” based off “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. They had wreaths and holly strung around the room, and different pictures of the notable characters.
At the beginning each kid was given a little present that they had to put in a huge red bag with all the other presents. They had pin the tail on Max (The dog from the story) as one of the games that all the children got excited about.
They took a drawing of the dog and then increased it’s size, then traced a version for the game. Before the game started the party-goers had a chance to color on the tracing. It made it more fun for them to see their own drawings as part of the game.
The majority of the time was spent outside in the yard, building a snowman, and taking turns riding in the sleigh. After they spent some time outside, it was about time for them to warm up inside with some good old fashioned cocoa with candy cane stir sticks.
There was lots of semi-healthy goodies like cinnamon rolls to go along with the hot cocoa. The cinnamon rolls were large, so they were more than enough for everyone to feel content and happy.
At the end of the party they played musical chairs to Christmas music and “You’re A Mean One Mister Grinch!” before they would be able to get the bag of presents from the “Grinch.”
All of the children seemed to have a lot of fun the entire time with the variety in activities and earning the presents back as a group rather than singling out a winner.
This Christmas party idea works well for young children around 3-5 years old. My daughter couldn’t stop talking about the party for weeks afterward.