Fun Family Tradition

It's always fun to have some games to play when friends and family get together for the holidays. Here are some fun ones to add to your holiday celebrations that are good for all ages!

Candy Cane Grab

What you'll need:

  • Individually wrapped candy canes (one for each guest who will participate as well as some for the game)
  • Pipe Cleaners and cut out wreaths about the size of our palm
  • A die

How to play:

  • Each player gets a candy cane. They will use the candy cane as a "fishing hook" by putting the long end in their mouth.
  • In the center of the table you will have a pile of candy canes and the paper wreaths you created with the pipe cleaners (have the kids help with this task)
  • Each time someone rolls the die, they need to "hook" that number of items from the center using only their candy cane
  • When everything have been hooked, the player with the most items wins

Balloon Pop

This one is a fun one for everyone. It will require some advanced prep but it is well worth it.

What you'll need:

  • Festive color balloons- depending on how many participants and how long you want the game to last. I recommend 4-5 per person.
  • Items to put inside the balloons. Her are some ideas depending on the age of your participants: stickers, small coloring pages, a shrinky dink, temporary tattoos, cash (good for older kids), or you can plan out a spelling game by putting letters inside the balloons. Really, it is up to your imagination and what you can fit inside the balloon.

How to play:

Fill each balloon with 1 item and blow them up. When you are ready to play, place all the balloons in the center of the floor. Use the timer and have your participants pop the balloons using their bottoms. It's fun for everyone!

Holiday Pictionary

This is a fun game for older kids and family members. All you need is some paper or an easel and some basic drawing skills.

What you'll need:

  • Easel or paper
  • Crayons, pencils or a pen
  • Timer
  • Holiday themed ideas written out on small pieces of paper such as: menorah, Christmas tree, wreath, candy cane, Santa Claus, Driedel, Star of David, wrapped present, foods associated with your holiday celebration, etc. Whatever your holiday consists of and your imagination

How to Play:

  • Place all the Holiday themed ideas in a bowl so they cannot be seen
  • Break into 2 teams, choose which team will go first
  • Team 1 will draw first. The drawer will select a holiday themed idea from the bowl. Without using words, they will draw pictures on the easel while the rest of their team will guess the holiday themed idea. The team must beat the timer to win the point. If they do not guess the correct image before the timer ends, the other team can "steal" by guessing correctly.
  • Each team takes a turn until the bowl is empty.

A BIG thank you to Cheri LaGrotta of Horizon Hills for these great ideas!