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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winter Party Games!

1. Hungry Snowman

What you will need:
  • Medium box or box lid
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Styrofoam balls (about 6) or big marshmallows
  • Tape
I made this snowman 9 years ago when my oldest was in kindergarten. It has withstood the test of time and the younger kids love this game.
Directions: Paint a snowman face on the back of your box. Cut out a hole for his mouth. Have the kids make a single file line behind a piece of tape about 5 feet from the snowman. The first child takes 3 turns throwing a “snowball” at the snowman’s mouth trying to feed him. That child will return to the end of the line when finished and the next child will go. Continue until everyone has had a turn. There are no real winners and losers in this game. To add some fun, when the kids are going back to the end of the line have them skip, twirl, crab-crawl or dance.

2. Winter Dress Relay

What you will need:
  • 2 sets of winter clothes (coats, hats, scarfs, mittens, boots, snow pants, etc.)
Directions: Divide kids into two teams and have each team form a single file line behind a designated starting line. At the other end of the room each team will have an identical pile of winter clothing, such as a hat, scarf, mittens, boots, coat, etc. The kids will have to race, one at a time, to the pile of clothing, put on each item, take it off again, and race back to tag the next one in line. The team who completes the relay first, wins.
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3. Snowman-Snowman Where’s Your Nose? (Played like “Doggie Doggie, Where’s Your Bone?”)

What you will need:
  • A real carrot or print and cut out a picture of a carrot
Directions: Have children sit in a circle. One child is chosen to be the snowman. With eyes covered, that child can sit or stand in the center of the circle. Give a small carrot or a paper carrot to one child. Have the child hide the carrot behind their back. All other children also have their hands behind their backs.
All children chant:
Snowman, Snowman, Where’s Your Nose?
Somebody took it from your home.
Upstairs, Downstairs, by the phone…
Wake up Snowman, Find your Nose.
The child in the center now uncovers their eyes and  guesses which child they think has the snowman’s nose. The ‘snowman’ gets up to three guesses. The child who is holding the snowman’s nose, now becomes the new snowman in the middle!

4. Penguin Obstacle Course

What you will need:
  • Scarfs (1 for each team)
  • Spoons (1 for each team)
  • Cotton balls
  • Bucket or boot
Directions: Set up your obstacle course and show the kids where they will go. The first person in line must have a scarf tied around both their legs so they waddle like a penguin. That child then takes a spoon of snow (spoon with a cotton ball) through an obstacle course around the room and cannot not drop the snow (or they have to start over). They must make it to the other side and add their snow to a bucket or boot. Once they are done, the next person gets their legs tied together and goes. This game can have teams or just everyone takes a turn.

5. Winter Pictionary

What you will need:
  • White board or Chalk board
  • Squares with winter words (ice skating, penguins, North Pole, skiing, sledding, snowball fight, snowman, Alaska, etc.)
  • Bag, bowl or hat
Directions: Print and cut-out squares of paper that have winter words on them. Place in a bowl or bag. Divide kids into two teams and have each team take turns sending up a player to draw for their team. Each player who comes up to draw selects a square of paper from the bag and attempts to draw what is on it without speaking any words. If their team guesses the word or phrase correctly within one minute, they earn a point. The team with the most points wins.

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