Having the kids home from school and running about is kind of heartwarming. For a few blissful winter days you are in Holiday season bliss. By the time Christmas hits during their winter vacation, however, many parents are ready to ship them off to the North Pole. Even the sweetest kids can get bored and start to grate on mom and dad’s nerves. What if they had a whole series of Christmas games they could play to occupy their time? Below are 5 Christmas Games for Kids to keep them happy and you sane throughout the holiday season.
5 Christmas Games for Kids
1. The Christmas Memory Game: This is a fun and easy game that can be done with a piece of paper or two and a crayon. One kid writes down a favorite Christmas gift they got from over the years and the others try to remember which one it is by asking yes and no questions. Think “twenty questions” but with Christmas gifts.
2. Pictionary (Christmas Edition): Mom will need to write up some topics, but have the kids sit around the kitchen table with a stack of cards with Christmas related items written on one side. Index cards work best. Have them take turns drawing one of the items from the cards and the rest of the kids will try to guess what it is.
3. Musical Christmas Chairs: Playing musical chairs to Christmas music makes it all the more fun and exciting. What better way to get some energy out while getting into the holiday spirit? Be sure you have an area large enough and plenty of rules in place. For those unsure how to play musical chairs, you simply play (Christmas) music as kids walk around a set of chairs in a circle. There should be one less chair than there are kids at all times. When the music stops, all the kids sit down. Whomever has no seat, they are eliminated. Continue until there is only one chair and one winner.
4. Hide the Snowman: This is a great deal of fun and can keep kids occupied for hours. Make up a “super special” Christmas item such as an ornament, figurine or other such token piece. Then hide it for them in a predetermined area. Make sure you implement rules such as where they are allowed to search and how high off the floor it won’t be. Once the rules are in place, send them on a hunt. The winner gets to pick from lunch choices or other such award.
5. Ugly Christmas: This one is always a favorite. Ugly Christmas is good for kids of all ages and it is relatively easy to set up. Gather up all the old Christmas items you are not going to worry about. Ribbons, bows, old wrapping paper, scraps, pine cones, goofy pictures, and anything else you can find. Then give each kid an old t-shirt to work on. Have them compete to see who can construct the ugliest, tackiest Christmas shirt. Don’t forget the bells! This also works well on stockings.