"Reindeer Games" for all to play!



Pass the Gift:
Wrap a small book or present for each child and give them each one while sitting in a circle.  Read a favourite short Christmas story and each time you say a Christmas word (e.g. Christmas, Santa, etc.) , everyone passes their gift to the person next to them.  Continue with the story until it's done, at which point everyone keeps the gift they ended up. 

Fill the Stocking:
Divide into two teams.  For each team you need a medium bowl, serving spoon, Christmas stocking ~ medium size, and wrapped candy.  Each child takes a turn spooning up some candy and walking across the room to put in stocking.  Once every one has had a turn see whose team has the most candy. 
Or play until the stocking is full, first team to fill wins. 

Gift Wrap Relay: 
Wrap empty boxes up, divide into two teams, put a stack of presents across from teams. One child from each team goes to pile gets a gift unwraps it then goes back to line for the next child to go, the first team to unwrap the stack of presents wins. 

All can be done like Pin the tail on the donkey! 

Snowball Toss: 
Use white Styrofoam balls to throw into a pail or bucket.  The person that gets the most in wins. 

Fill the Stocking: 
Cut large stocking shapes from colored construction paper. Provide old toy catalogues for the children to cut and glue items to fill their stocking. 

Christmas Stockings: 
Provide a few different sized stockings and various sized toys. Encourage the children to fit the toys into the stockings. Have small, medium and large stockings and toys available. 

Ring the Bell Game: 
Using a large (4 foot x 3 foot) piece of heavy duty cardboard, cut a large bell shape from the center. Add ribbons with jingle bells attached to hang from the open middle area. The children threw bean bags through the bell to "Ring the Bell". Great for hand-eye coordination and throwing skills! 

Santa’s Bean Bag Toss: 
Decorate a large paper bag or cardboard box with Christmas wrap, ribbons, and pictures of Christmas toys and candy (Santa’s bag). Tie ribbons around bean bags to make “gifts” to toss into Santa’s bag. 

Candy Cane Hunt: 
Make an assortment of candy cane shapes, decorate, and laminate for durability. Play a game of search and find. 

Card Stitching: 
With old holiday cards, laminate and punch holes around the edges. Tie one end of a piece of yarn to the card and attach a lacing needles to the other end (or wrap the end in tape if you don’t have lacing needles). Let the children practice sewing. 

Christmas Concentration: 
Cut rectangular "cards" out of red construction paper, then cut slightly smaller rectangles from wrapping paper (two from each kind) and glue to construction paper. Laminate and play Memory/Concentration. You can also use pairs of Christmas stickers. 

Feely Box: 
A feely box containing Christmas items such as bows, cookie cutters, wrapping paper, non breakable ornaments, stockings, bells, candles, etc., can be placed on the science table.