Give each team 4 candy canes (and be sure to have a few more in case
some break) and have the child who's running hold the candy canes between their fingers, with the crooked part of the cane
hanging over their fingers. But tell them not to use their thumbs. The canes should be just carefully perched between their
The children run to their teammate, exchange the candy canes (again,
only using fingers), and that teammate runs to the other end and does the same.
The game is over when only one team still has candy canes that haven't
2.) Another fun Christmas
game relay race that kids love is pass the ornament.
In this game, each team gets one ornament (a lightweight, basic thin
glass one is fine) and a straw. They must blow through the straw to get the ornament down the line, then the next child blows
on their straw to get the ornament back down the line.
Make sure each child has a fresh straw, as you don't want everyone
to get sick.
3.) This next simple
relay game can be played with just about anything that signifies Christmas. You could have the children pass a Santa hat (perhaps
requiring them to wear the hat as they run down the line) or have them wear Christmas socks that they then have to take off
and get to the next child during the relay.
4.) "Santa Says"
is a fun Christmas game that all children will know how to play because it's just like "Simon Says".
Before playing it, confirm that each child is familiar with "Simon
Says" and then create a series of orders from "Santa", such as "Santa says, touch your toes", "Santa says bend your
knees" and so on.
Remember to sometimes leave the "Santa says" part off and trick the
children. This is always a popular game!
5.) Young children
love the "freeze dance" which is often played in preschool and kindergarten. Only in this game, you create a Christmas freeze
Here you play some Christmas music, let the children do a little dance,
then when you turn the music off the children must "freeze."
If there will be several sit-down games played at the party, the "freeze
dance" is a great way to let the children use up some energy before they have to sit down and focus on the other games.
6.) Young children
can play the "clue" Christmas game as long as the questions are kept to their knowledge of various things surrounding the
The game is played by giving a series of clues about something
Christmas related. Keeps giving clues until someone shouts out the answer.
It might go something like this:
Answer: Santa's sleigh
Clue: I'm thinking of something big
It helps Santa on Christmas Eve
Clue: It holds a lot of presents
Clue: It's very fast
You keep giving clues until the children figure out the answer. Since
these are young children, don't give clues that are too difficult or beyond their knowledge.
7.) Kids love toss
games, so why not create a snowball toss Christmas game with Frosty's belly?
Get or make a large cardboard cutout of Frosty the Snowman and cut
a hole in his stomach. You can create snowballs out of several things.
For example, take plastic bags and put mini marshmallows inside, or
use Styrofoam balls. If you use the latter, don't make the children throw the "snowballs" very far since the Styrofoam won't
go that far.
Have the children stand a distance back from Frosty (you can determine
this depending on the age of the children and space you have available) and have them toss the snowballs into Frosty's tummy.
The first one to get all 3 snowballs in the tummy wins a prize....