christmas gamesBy Jillian Gallo

A Christmas party for elementary school age kids is not complete without those fun and silly parlor games they so love. Read on to get some really enjoyable Christmas party activity ideas, and get your prizes ready and your digital camera too.

The best way to kick off any party is to have an activity that will surely get the elementary school age kids on their feet. In a fill the stocking game, you need to provide stockings, bowls of candies and plastic spoons. Secure each stocking next to each other on the wall at the far end of the room. Divide the children into teams, depending on how many stockings you have, and give each member of the team a plastic spoon. On your cue, the first person of each team should place the tip of the plastic spoon’s handle in his or her mouth, and try to scoop a candy in the bowl. With the plastic spoon still in mouth, he or she should rush to the stocking on the wall and place the candy inside. The next person of each team then repeats the same thing. The game ends when the bowls are empty. And the winners will get to take home the candies.

Your kids will definitely find a game of unwrapping gifts really worth a lot of cheering for their teammates. You need empty boxes wrapped in colorful gift wrappers, trash cans, and a bunch kids who can’t get to wait to get their hands on the gifts to unwrap them. Pile all the gifts in one corner of the room. Divide the kids into two groups. When you say “go” each team will send a member running to get a gift, unwrap it, and try to shoot the wrapper inside the trash can. If he or she fails to do so, the kid should run back and place it inside, before the next teammate takes a turn at unwrapping a gift.

After a few rounds of tiring parlor games, the elementary school kids might want to play something while just sitting. For this next game, you will need a large tray with a cover, and at least 20 different items that has something to do with Christmas. Arrange the items on the tray, which may include anything from a candy cane, a Christmas tree ornament to a miniature reindeer. Give each team less than a minute to look at and try to remember the items on the tray. Cover the tray and have the kids immediately write down all the items that they can recall. The team with the most number of correct items listed is the winner.

Another less tiring game but just as exciting is a game of word hunt. Hand each team a pencil and a sheet of paper. Write a long word or two on the chalkboard — anything that’s related to Christmas. For instance, if you write the word “North Pole”, the elementary age kids should list words from the letters of the word “North Pole”. They should find pool, tone, throne, proton, hornet and so forth.

Elementary school kids like to play guessing games. For this game, you will need a small plastic toy sleigh and a blindfold. Have the kids around in a circle, pick someone and have him or her blindfolded. Hand the toy sleigh randomly to anyone of the kids in the circle. The one who has the sleigh calls out to the blindfolded child something like the following:

Santa, your sleigh’s gone!

Maybe someone just took it!

Who has it? Who has it?

The blindfolded kid will try to figure out who among his peers has the sleigh. He or she is to be given three chances.

Another game that will surely crack them up is a game of drawing. Hand each one a sheet of paper and pencil. Instruct the elementary age kids to close their eyes as they try to draw each shape that you say aloud. But don’t tell them exactly what they are asked to draw. For example, tell them to draw a huge triangle, followed by tiny squares below it. Then ask them to draw little circles scattered inside the triangle, followed by a star shape on top of the triangle. They will surely laugh at what they have drawn the moment you tell them to open their eyes.

Jill Gallo is Ms. Party Ideas and she writes for

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