Children’s Christmas parties at home are a great way of introducing the idea of socialising with their friends and family, without necessarily being the recipient of gifts; Christmas parties can be more about enjoying themselves, playing fabulous party games and having a few hours filled with fun and excitement.
You can do anything with this kind of party, from the obligatory appearance of Father Christmas to having a theme to the whole event, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party bags to decorations and banners from the latest, popular Disney film.
The possibilities are endless BUT, to help you out we have come up with some fabulous ideas to make your child’s Christmas party go with a swing from start to finish!
The Yarn Web
This is a great way of getting children involved when they arrive for a Christmas party. Buy a ball of string and a pencil for each child. Cut a long piece of string (or yarn!) and at one end, tie a small gift. Thread the remaining yarn all over the room, under and over ‘obstacles’; your lounge or room (you can play this in the garden too) should look like a web of different coloured yarns! At the furthest end of the yarn, fix the pencil and when each child arrives give them the pencil and get them to wind in their yarn on the pencil to find their gift. If you are playing inside, make sure their shoes are off if you have them climbing all over the furniture!
The BIG Sock
Using a large Christmas stocking available to buy from all good shops or online, fill it with all kinds of different shaped gifts and treats. Each child takes a turn to guess one of the objects inside! If they guess correctly, they keep the treat; they can smell the sock (!) or feel for objects from the outside. Again, a great way for all participants to win a treat.
Great with older children, but mark a page for each child with the alphabet from A to Z. They have to think of a word for each letter that describes the Christmas holidays. Be aware, however, that not all children are great with literacy and spelling, so have a few Christmas books to hand and be prepared to lend a hand to those that you can see struggling. Have a prize for the best words starts with an X (xmas is banned!), along with other tough letters such as Y, Z and V, for example.
The Describing Game
This is a great game! Sit two children back to back, one with a picture that they must describe to their partner, who is equipped with plain paper and a pencil. The one describing the picture cannot tell them exactly what it is and so it pays to have everything from abstract patterns to pictures of Christmas objects. A game that produces loads of laughs; you can also get the whole group working on the same picture – the variations in the results produced cause much hilarity!
A bit like ‘guess who’! Each child has a Santa hat with the name of a famous person pinned to their hat, which they must not see. They must circulate around the room, asking their friends closed questions – in other words, that can only be answered with a ‘yes or no’.
Again, you make the game as hard or as easy as you want!
Unless you have a dressing up box or loads of odds and bits lying around, this can be an expensive game to play but, really in term of materials, anything goes.
Dividing the group into 2 or 3 teams – each team should have at least 3 people in it – give each group a pile of various things, from old wrapping paper, streamers, pom-poms and anything else you can lay your hands on (but no scissors and, if you are feeling extra ‘cruel’, omit the sticky tape too!), each group must dress one person as a given character – in this case, Santa or a snowman on holiday in the Caribbean… be as creative at you like.
Set the group against the clock too!
12 Day relay
This is great if you have space and is perfect for slightly older children. You will need a minimum of two teams, and 4 buckets.
Using the 12 Days of Christmas, have photos or graphics labelled and in the bucket e.g. a photo of 12 geese and some eggs! Have the lyrics on the wall if it helps.
Against the clock, the children must rummage in the bucket – put random pictures and cartoons in there to make it more difficult – and each child must bring back each photo in order of the lyrics e.g. one partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves etc.
Quick and scrumptiously raucous this is a game that will be a fabulous hit!