If you are throwing a party or just looking to entertain children during the holiday season, you can try planning some Christmas games. You can play the games at home with your family or at work with your classroom or child care center. Christmas games for children will allow kids to get into the holiday spirit in a fun way, as well as taking a break from their daily routing to play a few games!
When you begin planning the Christmas games to play, be sure you provide some room for children to safely run a little. You may have to plan a few, if not all, of the games out in advance. But this will help everything to go by smoothly, allowing everyone to have a great time. Here are a few ideas for planning and playing Christmas games for children.
Candy Cane Relay Race.
This game will allow children to move around a little and run.
To start off, put the children on atleast two teams and give them four or more candy canes (be sure to have extra on hand incase any break). The first children to run from each line will hold the candy cane between their fingers, but not their thumbs. The curved area of the candy cane should be hanging over their fingers.
The children with the candy cane will then run to their fellow teammate and exchange the candy canes. They can only use their fingers and they must continue to hold the candy cane in the same way. The teammate who has just received the candy cane will do the same. The game will continue until there is one team that has all of their candy canes, and have not dropped any onto the floor.
Christmas Relay Race.
This will be played in a similar way to the candy cane relay race, except the children will using different materials to take and pass along to their teammates. For example, they can use a Santa or Elf hat that they must wear, Christmas socks, and, red or green mittens.
Pass The Ornament.
In this game, each team will get one lightweight ornament and a straw. Each child must blow through the straw to get the ornament down the line. The next child will do the same with their own straw to get the ornament back down the line. For health reasons, each child should have their own clean straw.
This game will be played the same way as the famous game “Simon Says”. Instead of giving orders from “Simon”, the orders will come from Santa! For example, you can say “Santa says, jump up and down”, “Santa says, jog in place”, and if you want to add another Christmas twist to it, “Santa says, sing Jingle Bells”! Do not forget to leave off the “Santa Says” for some orders, to trick the children and see who catches on. Anyone who does the order without a “Santa Says” is out. The game will continue until there is one child left.
Christmas Freeze Dance.
This game will allow children to dance and move around, as well as using some energy. Play some Christmas music and let the children dance to it. Pause, stop, or turn down the music at random times. When the music stops, the children must freeze. If you want, you can even snap a few photos to show the children how they were posed when the music came to a stop.
This Christmas game will allow children to rest from the previous games, while still exercising their thinking skills. What you will do is give the children a few clues about something that is Christmas related. This will keep going until a child guesses what it is, or until they all admit that they do not know. If you want to save time, you can also give them a certain amount of clues before the round is up and you tell them the answer. Here is an example of how a round can go:
Clue: It is big.
Clue: It can be decorated.
Clue: You find your Christmas presents under it.
Answer: A Christmas Tree.
How easy or hard the clues will be will depend on the age group of the children playing. You want to be sure to keep it age appropriate. It is good to make them think a little, but do not frustrate them.
Frosty Toss Game.
For this game, you will need a cardboard cutout of Frosty The Snowman (a regular snowman will do if you cannot find Frosty). Cut out a hole in his stomach. The children are going to throw “snowballs” in this game. To make the snowballs, you can use white beanbags, a Ziploc bag full of marshmallows, or something similar that is white and can be thrown far. Whichever material you choose for the snowballs, be sure to provide atleast three of each.
Have the children stand back at a certain distance from Frosty (how far depends on the age group and space available). Each child will take turns throwing their “snowballs” into Frosty’s stomach. As they throw their “snowballs” through Frosty’s stomach, the cardboard cutout can lean against the wall or everyone can take turns holding it up. The first child to throw all three “snowballs” through Frosty’s stomach is the winner. If none of the children throw all three through it, then the child who throws the most “snowballs” through his stomach wins.
You can give out prizes to all of the children who play, the winners of each game, or you can just skip the prizes and let them play for fun! With or without prizes, Christmas games for children will be a big hit during the holiday season. You may even find the children asking to play Christmas games during the many holiday seasons to come! Have a great time planning and playing these Christmas games for children! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!