Spread the holiday spirit by creating exciting party games for children to play at your next Christmas gathering. Children enjoy playing games, and it gives them something to do throughout the party to prevent boredom. Awarding small gifts to game winners will keep the children interested in playing and being involved in more games and activities.
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Christmas Book Exchange
This game awards every child with a book to take home. Each child should bring one wrapped book to the party. Have the children sit in a circle and hold the book they brought. An adult will stand outside of the circle and read the book "The Gingerbread Man.” Every time the adult reads the word “ran”, the children will pass the book to the person on the right. At the end of the story, the children will unwrap the book they are holding and keep it as a gift.
Children love ornaments, so why not let them make their own? Have all of the children sit around a table, and provide them with markers, glitter, cardboard, pipe cleaners and Christmas stickers from a craft store. Let the children make their own Christmas ornaments. When they are done, take a piece of fishing line and glue it to the ornaments so they can hang on a Christmas tree. Make sure to write the year on the back of the ornament. If you want to award prizes, award them for the best, funniest and silliest ornaments.
Candy Christmas Stocking
Divide the children into teams, and hang one stocking on the wall for each team. Mark a starting line about 10 feet from the stocking, and place a bowl of candy for each team to use (wrapped candy works best). Give the first player in line a large spoon. When you say “Go,” the first player will scoop as much candy as he can and run to his team stocking to pour it in. That player runs back and hands the spoon to the next player in line who will do the same thing. The first team to fill up their stocking completely wins the game.
Wrap several children gifts in multiple layers of wrapping paper--each gift should have 10 to 15 layers of gift wrap. Have the children sit in a circle, and hand one gift to one of the children. Play Christmas music, and have the children pass the gift around the circle. When the music stops, the person holding the gift gets to unwrap a layer of paper. The person who unwraps the last layer of paper gets to open the box and keep the gift. To play the game faster, hand out all gifts to the circle at one time. It is a nice idea to have one gift for each child.