Celebrate the holiday season by playing games at a school Christmas party. Play traditional party games with a holiday theme to keep activity levels high and entertain children while parent volunteers set up special snacks. Follow a classroom gift exchange with quieter Christmas games to prepare the children to leave school for a winter break.
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Play a Christmas-themed version of pin-the-tail, as recommended by the Kaboose website. Enlarge a picture of a snowman or Rudolph the reindeer and hang it on the wall. Give each child a cutout of an orange carrot or a red circle. Blindfold the child and spin her around three times. The child tries to tape the nose to the snowman or Rudolph while still blindfolded. The child whose nose is closed to the correct location is the winner.
Compete in a winter relay race with the Blizzard game, as suggested by the Activity Village website. Lay a red or green plastic tablecloth on the floor in the middle of the room. Pour a large amount of white, foam packing peanuts onto the tablecloth for “snow.” Cover two boxes of identical size with Christmas wrapping paper and set them at the end of the tablecloth. Divide children into teams and give the first person in each team a small stocking. On the signal, players race to stuff the stocking with the “snow,” empty the stocking in the team’s box and give the stocking to the next person in line. The team with the most “snow” in the box wins the game.
Decorate a human Christmas tree with an idea from Disney FamilyFun. Pair children and let them decide who will be the “tree” and who will be the “decorator.” Give each pair of children rolls of green and red crepe paper and a piece of aluminium foil. The “decorator” wraps green crepe paper around the “tree,” then uses the red crepe paper to make ornaments and the aluminium foil to make a star. The pair with the most creatively decorated “tree” wins the game.
Jingle Bell Thief
Children try to sneak up on Santa in the Jingle Bell Thief game from the Activity Village website. Select one child to be “Santa” and blindfold him. Help Santa sit on a chair in the middle of the circle. Place a set of jingle bells underneath the chair. Children try to steal jingle bells without being caught by Santa. Santa listens for the bells and points in the direction of the thief. Thieves who are caught must return the bells under the chair. The successful thief becomes the next Santa.
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