Family games for the holidays are a great way to spend time with the whole family as well as the enjoying good food that goes along with the celebrations. While your waiting for the food to finish being prepared or maybe after the big meal has been served, why not pass some time playing the games that bring the family closer together for a memorable holiday. Parenting School Years November 2010 issue had some fun activities for the upcoming holiday season that are sure to keep the good cheer flowing!
Corn Husking Contest
Hand each family member 4 or 5 ears of un-husked corn. Be sure to give the little people less to make things fair. Then let the games begin and see who does the husking the fastest. This does sound like a lot of fun and after 8 kids I thought I played every game, but somehow I missed this one! I’ll be trying it this year.
Have the kids make a yummy appetizer that isn’t too difficult for them to put together. Then take it a step further by having them serve the treat themselves to the entire houseful of guests and family. We’ve done this and I will say it is fun to watch the beaming face they have as they proudly serve up the tasty snack they put together by themselves. Fun stuff!
Guest Appreciation Cards
Have the kids decorate some guest cards for each of the guests coming to your festivities. They can design, color and work their magic on each one. If your holiday celebration happens to be Thanksgiving, be sure to have the kids write a little note on the card regarding how each guest is appreciated and by the child designing the card.
Turkey Feather Hunt
How fun does this sound? You know how much kids love doing hunts, whether they be for candy, or different items that they’re given clues for. This time, it’ll be a turkey feather hunt. Just get yourself to a craft store and pick up some colorful feathers of different colors. Then plan a time to do a feather hunt during your Thanksgiving celebration and hide the feathers. Once all the feathers are found, you can have the kids make a Indian head dress to complete the activity!
Family holiday games are the best way to create great family memories and if you make them a holiday tradition every year, you’ll be making memories that the kids will then take into their own households while you enjoy the very same games, as the grandparent!