First 5 LA: Five All-Ages Holiday Party Games

What is more fun than a family holiday party? A family holiday party with all-ages games so everyone has a great time! This year, try some of these fun activities that will appeal to old and young:

Cookie Face Race

You will need:

  • Your favorite holiday cookies

Start by handing each player a cookie. Instruct them to place the cookie on their foreheads. When you say “Go!” the players must try and move their cookie down their face to their mouth without using their hands. They are only allowed to use their facial muscles – it’s a pretty funny sight! First one to eat the cookie wins.

Minute to Win It Stacking Game

You will need:

  • Anything that can be stacked – blocks, paper or plastic cups, shoes, coins….anything you can imagine!
  • A timer

Make teams of two or more people. (It’s fun to pair up kids with adults for teams.) Have one person be the timekeeper. When he or she says “Go!” the teams compete to see how many items they can stack in one minute.

Holiday Charades

This is just like the classic charades game, but with a holiday twist: Have everyone at the party come up with one holiday-related item like a tree, wreath, candle or holiday movie, song or book. Write them down on small pieces of paper (have young children dictate to an appointed helper), fold them and put them in a hat or bowl. One at a time, players will pick a piece of paper out of the hat (the helper can read to young children) and act out whatever is written. Who can guess what the charade represents? Remember, the player acting out the charade must be silent!

Candy Cane Competition

You will need:

  • Candy Canes
  • A piece of ribbon, string, or twine (5–8 feet long) for each team

Make teams of two people. Each team member holds an end of one piece of ribbon or string so that it is held taut between them. Hook a candy cane at one person’s end. Teams compete to move the candy cane down the string. First pair to move the candy cane all the way to the other end wins!

Snowflake Race

You will need:

  • A sheet of white paper (8″ x 10″) for each player
  • Scissors

Fold paper in half, then into quarters. Use scissors to round corners and cut out shapes to form a simple paper “snowflake.” Now the fun begins! Place a snowflake on the top of each player’s head and see who can cross the room the fastest without losing the snowflake. You can also play in teams, like a relay race.

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