In the days leading up to Christmas, you've busy buying and wrapping gifts, and decorating your home. About this time, your children ask, "How many more days until Christmas?" They're so excited for the commercialized annual gift giving extravaganza, that simple Christmas games and other traditions may get lost.
To keep the spirit of the holiday season alive, play the following Christmas games for kids in the weeks leading up to the holiday.
Pass the Ornament. Like the game of hot potato, in this Christmas game for kids you don't want to get caught with the ornament in your hand when the music stops.
- Choose an ornament that isn't breakable.
- Have the kids sit in a circle.
- Play Christmas music while the children pass the ornament to each other.
- When the music stops, the child holding the ornament is out.
Going to the North Pole. If your children enjoy the game "Going on a Picnic," they'll love this Christmas game for kids.
- Begin by sitting in a circle.
- Each player must choose an item to "bring to the North Pole."
- The items must be chosen in alphabetical order.
- Each player begins his or her turn by saying, "I'm going to the North Pole, and I will bring... "
- Each player must repeat all the previous items chosen by players. (For example, "I'm going to the North Pole and bringing antlers, bags for toys, Christmas trees, etc…")
- When a child forgets an item, he or she is eliminated from the game.
Guess What's in the Stocking. This games forces children to use their five senses to guess the secret item hidden in a Christmas stocking.
- Have the players close their eyes.
- Fill a Christmas stocking with a holiday inspired object. (Examples: candy cane, Santa hat, ornament)
- Ask children to take turns touching, shaking, and smelling the object hidden inside the stocking.
- The first child to guess the item wins.
Candy Cane Hunt. Why wait until Easter to have an official hunt? Instead of eggs, hide different colored candy canes throughout the house.
- Give each child a Christmas stocking to hold the candy canes he or she finds.
- Ask the kids to find candy canes. (It's a good rule of thumb to hide five candy canes per player.)
- The child with the most candy canes wins.
Secret Santa. In the beginning of the season, have each child in a group, class or family pick a Secret Santa, for whom he or she will make crafts. (Craft suggestions: ornament, Christmas decoration or Advent calendar.)
- Write the children's names on small pieces of paper.
- Put the folded papers in a hat.
- Ask each child to pick a name from the hat without looking. (Make sure they haven't chosen their own name.)
- Instruct the children to keep their Secret Santa anonymous.
- Encourage children to make and give crafts to their Secret Santas once per week during the three to four weeks before Christmas. These items can be left on a desk, at the dinner table or under the tree.
- Right before Christmas have the children exchange gifts they make for each other. (The gift giver's identity is revealed with the final craft.)