35+ Game Ideas from the Kidmin Nation Christmas Party

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At this year’s Kidmin Nation Christmas Party Ryan asked us to share what our favorite Christmas game is to play with kids. Everyone chatted in their favorite games and I organized a list of a few of my favorites. Here are a few game ideas that you can use for your next Christmas Party!

Corey’s Picks!

Haley Forrest : Gingerbread House on your Face! We give four to five different groups a collection of graham crackers, m&m’s, icing, etc. They are to create the best house possible!

Kerry Cressey : Wrapping paper game – teams have a time limit to wrap one person up in paper and decorate, and then a winner is chosen.

Becky Loughridge : Wrap leaders in Christmas paper and other decorations to simulate a Christmas tree.

Ashley Medina : Deck the Tree-Leader:  Kids have 60 seconds green streamers and bows to decorate their small group leader as Christmas tree.  It is super fun!

Susan Rutledge : One Hoof-Two Hoof – online game.  Kids hold up one, two or no hands (hoofs) and if it matches where the video lands – they stay standing.  Others sit. Whoever is left standing is the winner.

Laurie Alvarez : Snowball Fight with Pom Poms or crumpled up paper. Divide the kids into two and give them two minutes to throw them at each other over a dividing line. At the end of two minutes, the team with the least amount on their side wins!

Nativity Games

Jennifer Westering : Hide and Seek the Nativity. Hide all nativity characters. Tell Christmas story when each character is found. Characters are ornaments that kids can put on their trees to take home

Anette Shanks : From Anette Shanks to Everyone – Nativity Game…You share the Nativity story with the kids with the characters.  Then you have the kids close their eyes and you take a couple of the characters away.  They have to tell which people are missing and what part they have in the story.

Donna Osborne : Put the babe in the manger (like pin tail on donkey)

Melody McGuire : Nativity Bingo.

Gift Games

Amber Pike : The Syran Wrap Game. Kids roll dice and unwrap that many layers to get the candy

Rachel Nuckels : left, right game!!! read a story with left and right throughout. when each word is said, kids pass gifts to right or left!

Connie Lawyer : Guess the present! Wrap presents and the kids have to feel the present and try to guess what is in it! Then remind them the greatest gift of all – Jesus!

Nicole Strine : pass the present, roll a dice and pass left/right etc

Cazi Murvine : Musical Presents! We wrap gifts for the classroom. Each gift gets wrapped 4-8 times in different wrapping paper for each layer. We play music and when the music stops whoever is holding the gift gets to unwrap one layer.

Jerry Wages : We play All I Want For Christmas Whoever comes up with the best gift wins a prize.

Lorraine Hart : Unwrap the gift with kitchen mittens. If you roll doubles you get to start opening the gift. The kids continue to pass dice and when the next person rolls dice they can steal gift and begin to open. Continue till gift is opened by someone. I wrap the gift several times.

Dan Jenkins : A power point game called name that gift. We have items wrapped on the screen and they guess what it is based on the shape.

Minute To Win It

Sherri Gaskill : Candy Cane Drop. Tie a string onto two chairs placed about 3 feet apart. Give a kid a bunch of candy canes. Have them drop a candy cane from their chin. The object is to see how many candy canes they can get on to the string in 1 minute.

Amy Harder : Candy Cane Hook — Pour out candy canes on the table. Players take a candy cane in their mouths, hook side out. The players have to use the hook from the candy cane to pick up other candy canes and fill a bucket. The player with the most canes in their bucket at the end of time wins.

Mary Beavers : Wrap the Gift. Teams of 4 work together to wrap a box using only one hand each.

Sharon Alexander : kids like throwing candy canes in a Santa Stocking. they have 1 minute.

Sara Hlava : Snowman Face Race – vaseline, cotton balls & scooters – Go!

Mary Smith : Gift Wrap Scramble- kids work in teams wrapping gift with one hand behind their back

Christy Zentz : Candy cane relay.  Kids put a candy cane in their mouths, pick up red & green hardware nuts without using their hands and carry them up on the candy canes to a table.

Music Games

Ronnie Fernandez Lee : Christmas Song Scramble

Andy Penney : Christmas Carol Karaoke – We let the kids pick out a Christmas song and do karaoke

Ronnie Fernandez Lee : Christmas Song Scramble   Print large lyrics to Christmas songs on heavy paper,  cut them up in phrases, create teams and time the teams who build them in correct order on the floor, they have to sing it

Games with a Christmas Twist

Jennifer Nier : Reverse Christmas Charades-2 people up front-clue on screen behind them-everyone in the crowd act out the clue

Emily Hill : Steal the Bacon with jingle bells. Kids line up in 2 teams and a leader sits blindfolded in a chair with jingle bells under his chair.  Kids try to steal the jingle bells without getting hit with a pool noodle the leader is swinging.

Rick Moody : J-E-S-U-S instead of B-I-N-G-O and each square has something to do with the Christmas story.

Matt Cannon : Candy Cane/Ornament Cup Pong…. Use candy canes and Christmas ornaments. We use the ping pong table and red solo cups. We use candy canes and Christmas Ornaments to ring the cup and every time you ring it the opposite team has to chug milk

Vicki Ejibe : Hungry Hungry Hippos. Scooters, baskets, and marshmallows. Kid rides scooter and other kids holds legs and pushes scooter holding basket into the center of the circle to catch marshmallow.

Dan Jenkins : Santa, reindeer, sleigh – two kids partner up against two other kids and call out each of these things. They have to act out the one I give them and if their team guesses they win.

Jame Vallejo : Christmas Jeopardy.  Split into 2 teams and answer questions from 4 categories. At the end is a final question. Kids have to bet points and most points at the end win.

Judy Hiebert : Review Game: Christmas Acrostic, the answers are filling in letters.

Rhonda Bischoff : Signs – everyone makes up a sign, someone in center tries to see who is passing their sign to another person.

What game is missing from this list? Write your suggestion in the comments to be added!

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