When the holiday season rolls around, you may want to throw your students a Christmas party complete with candy, Christmas movies and plenty of decorations. But before you wrap up your party planning, don't forget the fun Christmas games. You may find that the kids feel all the more excited after playing some fun holiday games and celebrating the joys of the season.
Christmas Tray Game
A variation on the popular "Tray" memory game, start by gathering some Christmas items, like ornaments, candy canes and mistletoe. Place all of these objects on a tray and give the kids about 30 seconds to look at the tray and its contents. After the time has passed, tell the kids to turn around. Take one object away and have the kids face back around. Tell them to write on a piece of paper which objects you took away. The students who guess correctly get a point. Play as many rounds as you like, taking and putting back any items you like every time. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Christmas Song Scramble
A game for older students, prepare by coming up with several different classic Christmas songs. Pick out one lyric from each song, and write out every word from each lyric set on a separate index card, keeping each lyric set together in a pile. For instance, if you choose the song, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," choose a random lyric in the song like "Santa came to say" and write each word on a separate card. Begin the game by dividing the players into groups, and give each group a different lyric set. When you say "Go," they have to unscramble the words to come up with the lyric and then figure out what song it comes from. The first group to do this wins the round. Give the groups different lyric sets for each round. Whichever team wins the most rounds wins the game.
Who Is Santa?
Gather the group into a circle and pick one player to play Rudolph. Tell Rudolph to leave the room so that he's out of earshot. Select one player to become Santa. Whenever Santa winks at a player, that player has to say "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Santa must do this sneakily, however, to avoid getting caught by Rudolph as he winks at a player. Bring Rudolph back into the room and have him stand in the middle of the circle. Santa begins his winking, and as the players say their "Ho! Ho! Ho!s," Rudolph has to try and determine the person who is playing Santa. When Rudolph figures out who the real Santa is, Santa becomes the new Rudolph and leaves the room. Select a new Santa from the group and begin the game again.