It’s winter break and you have a full house. Thinking of ways to entertain a rambunctious little crowd this season?

Look no further! AquaMobile is giving you 4 Fun Festive Games that can be enjoyed by all ages! Check out our Cookie Recipes and Holiday Crafts for even more inspiration.

 

Festive Games: Holiday Memory Cards

Take this age-old game and give it a yuletide twist! This classic memory card game can be printed and colored in, or, for the more artistically inclined, drawn by hand.

You will need:

  • Paper (ideally card stock)
  • Printer
  • Crayons or markers
  • If you do not have access to a printer this is ok. Hand drawings or magazine cutouts work too!

Preparation:

1. Print off cards with matching images. Little ones can customize their experience by choosing which colors they want to use on the cards.

2. Ensure that there are always 2 cards of each item. This is to make sure that there will always be a match. Here is a list of some images to draw or print out if you would like to create your own deck.

  • Candy cane
  • Snowman
  • Santa’s Boot
  • Present
  • Christmas tree
  • Stocking
  • Bow
  • Teddy Bear
  • Gingerbread man
  • Snowflake
  • Tree Ornament
  • Star
  • Or you can always print off our version of the Matching Memory Game!
How to play:
Find a flat surface like a table or the floor. Place the cards face down and mix them around. Take turns flipping over one card at a time to find a match. If you find a match you keep your matched cards and can go again. If you do not find a match, it is the next players turn to give it a go. The person with the most card pairs at the end is the winner!

 

Festive Games: Santa’s Elves Spy Mission

When it’s too cold and the weather is not ideal, children might be left bored indoors. Try this physical activity to give them hours of fun and a good hands-on game that they’ll be excited to try again and again.

You will need: 

  • Crepe paper, streamers or yarn
  • Tape
  • Prize (candy, ribbon, small toy)
  • A hallway in your home that will not need to be walked through frequently for at least one hour.

 

 

How to Play:

  1. Measure the width of your chosen hallway. Cut approximately 20 sections of yarn or streamers at a length that is 2 feet longer than the width of your hallway.
  2. Tape the yarn or streamer “laser beams” in zig zag patterns from one wall to the other. These streamers should imitate the laser systems we see in spy movies.
  3. For the yarn approach, you may not even need tape. Simply wrap the yarn around effective corners, handles, and railings, to create a laser maze. (Warning: yarn is harder to rip and poses a riskier situation if tangled in. Always supervise your children when they are playing any games.)
  4. Place the mission objectives at the end of the laser maze, whether that be spotting small party favor toys hidden around a room, a riddle, or a task. Instruct your spy elves on what they must accomplish and/or bring back in order to complete the mission! For example, create a small easy task at the other side like throwing a few bean bags into a basket. (Tip: Trick them into doing their chores by putting 5 pieces of dirty laundry into a laundry basket or putting away their toys as their mission!)
  5. Once they complete the task, they must climb back through the laser maze to get a mission accomplished stamp or badge. Create as many missions as you want! They will keep striving to collect as many mission badges as they can.
  6. This game is loads of fun with one elf, or many! It’s easily one of the best Christmas games for children that like a challenge or adventure! Even without a mission objective, children can use their imaginations to have a blast.

 

Festive Games: Minty Ice Fishing

Take a trip to the North Pole with this game! Using candy canes, foam fishies, pencils, and yarn, you can create a minty ice fishing experience for your little swimmers. This can be done as an individual activity or as a fishing party with a competitive edge. How many minty fish can you catch?

You will need:

  • 6-10 candy canes per child
  • Matching number of foam fish cutouts
  • A bucket or container (note that the candy canes should protrude from the top of the bucket)
  • Approximately 4-5 feet of yarn per child
  • 1 pencil or any long sturdy object (yard stick, wooden spoon) per child.

 

AquaMobile Christmas Games Candy Cane Fishing

Preparation:

  1. Make your candy cane fish by cutting two parallel slits into each foam fish width wise. Make sure that the slits are approximately one inch apart and half an inch long. Now attach your fish to a candy cane by slipping the candy cane through the slits made in the foam fish. Make sure that the fish is facing the hooked part of the candy cane. You can place a little bit of tape strategically to ensure that foam fish remains attached to the candy cane.
AquaMobile Christmas Games Candy Cane Fishing

2. Place all of your candy cane fish inside the bucket so that the hooked end of the candy cane is protruding out of the bucket.

3. It’s time to make your fishing rod! First, tie the yarn to the end of a pencil. This will be your fishing rod handle. Tie the other side of the yarn to the straight end of a candy cane. Now you have a fishing rod!

How to play:

1 player: Using your fishing rod, see how many candy cane fish you can catch. The end of the yarn attached to the rod has a candy cane attached which can be used to hook the upright candy cane fish right out of the bucket! Try to catch all of the fish. How about timing yourself to see how many you can do in 1 minute?

2 or more players: Players can take turns seeing how many fish they can catch in a minute. Whoever has the most fish wins!

 

 

Festive Games: Neverending Candy Ball

This is as close as its going to get to Willy Wonka’s Neverending Gobstoppers. Except there are many layers of candy and prizes to be uncovered! This game will only take 15 minutes to prepare, but will provide a group with a lot of fun and excitement.

You will need:

  • Individually wrapped candies or party favors which can be purchased at your local grocery or department stores
  • A roll of plastic wrap (the heavy duty packing wrap, not Saran wrap). This can be substituted by any other wrapping materials such as old wrapping paper, or newspapers
  • 2 dice
  • Tape – any kind will do!

Preparation:

  1. Begin with one prize and wrap it first in newspaper and then in plastic wrap. Tape to seal. You can choose to place the “biggest” prize in the centre in order to drive excitement and expectation for a bigger prize. Try to make the layers somewhat challenging to pull away. (Tip: place something with a jingle bell in the middle to give the ball a lively sound as it is passed around!)
  2. Add another prize to the existing “ball” and wrap on top with plastic wrap to create a layer. Repeat this step continually until all prizes have been encased in their own layer. The snowball effect should give you one large ball full of candy and prizes.

 

How to Play:

  1. Have participants sit in a circle.
  2. Have the ball start with one participant. On your mark have the player start to try and unravel the top layer of the ball.
  3. To the right of the person with the ball have another player start at the same time with two dice. They must try to roll doubles. If they are successful, then the ball gets passed to them. Likewise, the dice move one spot to the right. In this way, your time to unwrap the ball is limited to the dice throwing luck of the person beside you. Talk about intense!

 

BONUS GAME! Festive Games: Minute-to-Win-It Santa Hat Stacking Cups

Have some old plastic cups lying around? Try this exciting Minute-to-Win-It style game which will have your whole family, young and old, cheering each other on. Even better, this game takes almost no preparation time!

You will need:

  • 2 sets(10-15 each set) of plastic cups (preferably red and green!)
  • 2 pom-poms- can be substituted with a styrofoam ball.
  • A flat, sturdy surface

How to play:

This is a competition for 2 people. Each person will start with a stack of 10 cups. Starting at the same time, each person will have to stack the cups in a pyramid shape starting with 4 cups in a straight line as the base. The tricky part is that you can only do this with one hand. When the cups are all stacked, add the final touch with a pom-pom at the top. This makes it into a Santa hat stack! Whoever finishes their stack first is the winner!

Cups can be added or taken away to make the challenge easier or harder.

 

 

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