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Christmas Party Games for Kids

I always love going to my kids’ holiday parties at school, but I totally stress about whatever part of the party I am assigned. You never know what’s going to work well or what you’ll have to change on the fly. I have used both of these games successfully! They’re simple, inexpensive and fun!


GAME 1: SNOWMAN TAKEDOWN


This game is lots of fun for younger kids! Simply draw snowman faces on inexpensive styrofoam cups, stack them like a pyramid, and from a distance, have kids throw the “snowballs.” It helps to have kids who aren’t taking their turn set up the cups once they’ve been knocked over.

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How cute is that little bucket of snowballs?  We’ve had ours for years. They’re a cute winter decoration and they’re fun to play with.  You can get your own bucket here, or just a set of soft snowballs.

You can also use ping pong balls or just have kids crumple up paper to use as snowballs.

Just make sure kids stand far enough away, depending on their age (and what you’re using), to make it difficult enough.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  1. Styrofoam Cups
  2. Sharpies to color snowman faces on cups
  3. “Snowballs” (Options below)

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY:

  • Whichever child knocks over the most cups wins
  • “Best of three” competitions 
  • Have two sets of stacked cups to allow more kids to play at one time. 

 


GAME 2: SNOWBALL RACE


I used this game when my oldest daughter was in fifth grade. It’s great for ANY age. Most kids love Minute To Win It style games, and this one doesn’t disappoint. 

WHAT YOU NEED

  1. Cotton balls
  2. Plastic spoons
  3. Festive bowls.

Kids have to see how many “snowballs” they can get into each bowl in one minute only using a spoon and one hand! This game definitely works better on a smooth flat table so there is nothing to use for leverage when scooping the cotton ball.

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY:

  • If there are groups of kids, you can have multiple kids play at the same time
  • Have two kids play at a time and have the winners face-off 
  • Have teams working together. 

I like to keep pencils and/or stickers as little prizes.

Don’t sweat this stuff! Keep things simple and YOU bring the fun by being excited yourself. 

These parties are less about the stuff  you bring, and more about the kindness you show to your child’s class and teacher. As long as you’re making people feel special, everyone will have a great time!

Have fun!

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