Planning games and activities for kids during the holidays keeps them busy while you finish your holiday cooking, gift wrapping and decorating. Many reindeer games are simple to play and can be monitored by an older brother or sister. Consider alternating days with your neighbors, providing each family with valuable time during the holidays. Save supplies for reindeer games and store with your holiday decorations, so you can find them easily the next year. Present the winners with small prizes or give all participants a small prize at the end of the games.
Purchase nine tiny reindeer figurines or print nine pictures, using clip art off the Internet. Give one of the reindeer a red nose for Rudolph and hide it. Before starting the scavenger hunt, explain to the kids that it's almost Christmas Eve and Santa is trying to find his reindeer. They must use clues to find all nine reindeer. Provide the kids with clues, such as, "These are hung by the chimney with care the night before Christmas." Place a small reindeer and clue inside one stocking. Consider dividing the kids into teams and instructing them to leave the clues where they find them for the next team. For this team version, the goal is to find Rudolph, so only one reindeer is needed.
Hang a Christmas wreath from the ceiling or doorway at a height appropriate for tossing fake snowballs. Make fake snowballs in advance using cotton batting, an old cloth or other soft material covered in white tissue paper. Each player stands six or seven feet away and tosses three snowballs, one at a time, through the wreath. The player who tosses all three through the wreath on one turn is the winner. Modify this game to meet the age level of your kids. Use a bigger wreath for younger kids. Play in rounds, starting close up (about two feet) and each round moving back a foot. Participants must toss two snowballs through in order to continue to the next round. Assign the snowballs a point value and divide the kids into teams of three or four. Each time a ball goes through the wreath, they receive those points and the team with the most points wins.
Sketch a picture of a reindeer on bulletin board paper or enlarge a piece of clip art to fill the entire page. Hang the reindeer picture on the wall. Place a blindfold on one child and spin her around two or three times. Give her a red sticker dot. Tell her to place it where she thinks Rudolph's nose should go. After she places the dot, write her initials on it. The red dot closest to the actual nose is the winner.