It can be hard to come up with classroom Christmas party games that don’t involve a lot of preparation, but that kids will still love to play. This is a list of Christmas games that I have found to be big hits at all of my children’s parties. Have fun with them!
I helped with the Christmas party in my son’s 5th grade class today. I was in charge of a Christmas game and he choose “Don’t Eat Santa!”
My kids love this game and I have made several variations of it over the years. We have played “Don’t Eat Rex” at a Dinosaur birthday party, “Don’t Eat the Easter Bunny” for Easter. It could be adapted for just about any party or celebration. We have played it using M&M’s, Skittles, marshmallows, and even Fruit Loops.
These are the instructions:
-Place a small piece of candy on each Santa. One person leaves the room. The remaining players agree on a Secret Santa. When everyone is ready, the player comes back into the room and begins picking up and eating the candy one piece at a time. When the player tried to pick up the candy on the secret Santa, everyone yells, “DON’T EAT SANTA!” Choose a different person to leave the room. The player that just had a turn picks the next secret Santa.
Another game that is fun and easy for classroom parties is Pictionary, because all kids love a chance to draw on the chalkboard! Feel free to download and print a free set of cards for Christmas Songs Pictionary. They can also be used for charades, and you can re-use them over and over again!
These are a few other ideas that I have used for parties in years past:
—Pass the parcel:
Supplies: candy or other prizes, wrapping paper, boxes, tape, oven mitts or gloves, dice
Wrap a present (I use a large candy bar for the winner, and some smaller candies for everyone else). Place the present in another box and wrap again. Repeat the process several times. Use lots of packing tape so it is a challenge to unwrap. To play, have players sit in a circle. The first player rolls the dice. If they get doubles, they get to start unwrapping the present. The trick is, they have to do it wearing large winter gloves or oven mitts. The dice are passed around the circle and every time someone rolls doubles, they get a chance to unwrap. The winner is the person who actually gets the bottom layer open. They get the large prize and everyone else gets a smaller prize. Watching kids (and even adults) play this game is a hoot!!
-Draw On Your Head Game
Supplies: Paper, pencils or pens, books for support
All the students place a large book on their head with a piece of blank paper on it. They each have a pencil. The person in charge then gives a series of instructions. Without looking, the players draw onto their page, which is over their head.
These are the instructions:
1. Draw a line for a floor
2. Draw a Christmas Tree.
3. Draw a star on top of your tree.
4. Draw a fireplace with a mantel next to the tree.
5. Draw a stocking hanging from the mantel of your fireplace.
6. Draw a present below the tree.
Have the students remove their pictures from their heads. It is hilarious to see the results!!
Next you have everyone add up their points:
— 2 points if the tree touches the floor
— 2 points if your stocking is touching your mantel
— 2 point if your star touches your tree.
–1 point if your star is above your tree
–1 point for every Christmas ornament ball that is ON your tree
–1 point if your fireplace doesn’t touch the tree (it’s a fire hazard!)
–1 point if you actually drew something decorative on your stocking.
–2 points if your present if under your tree.
The winner is the person with the most points.
This game is also perfect with family groups because children have just as much chance of winning as the adults do. Great for laughs! Make sure you bring a camera for this one!!
-Pin the Nose on Rudolph
Supplies: Poster or drawing of Rudolph, blindfold, red circle stickers from an office supply store (or you can just make your own circles and use tape)
Directions: Play just like pin the tail on the donkey