Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, and it’s really a time when we can let our hair down, throw parties, and celebrate with friends and family. With so many visitors over the festive period, there are often loads of kids in the house, and it’s important to try and keep them entertained!
Children love Christmas games and songs, and as well as letting them have fun, it’s also a good way to teach them about the meaning of Christmas.
Here are some games and Christmas songs for kids that you can play and sing at home with your little ones and their friends:
Christmas Party Games
Christmas games can be as easy or as complex as you like, depending on the ages of your kids, and can be as clean or as messy as you want. Here are two Christmas party games that are sure to be a big hit in any family:
If you’ve got enough kids in your house to create two teams (ask the adults to join in too to make the numbers up!), you can have fun playing Stylish Santa.
For this game, you’ll need to get some supplies first – some old pieces of fabric and old clothes, glue, and sticky tape, and an array of art materials such as pens, paints, and glitters should do the trick.
Using these materials, each team should strive to create the best Santa outfit. Don’t worry about your kids getting messy during this game – paint and pen stains can easily be removed using Surf excel!
Taking an old cardboard box – a shoe box or an old Surf excel carton would be a good option – draw a Christmas tree onto the surface and carefully cut some holes in the cardboard.
Make these holes just a little larger than the plastic or fabric ornaments you’ll be using for your game.
Place the box at one end of the room, and stand with your kids at the other end.
Toss the ornaments towards the box, trying to get the ornaments into the holes. Remember to use plastic or fabric ornaments rather than glass or it could get very messy, and very dangerous!
Christmas Songs for Children
Christmas is all about music – the carols, the Christmas pop songs, and the classics. Christmas songs for kids are a great way to get children into the Christmas spirit, have a fun time, and really teach the little ones about the meaning of Christmas.
To make Christmas songs for children really fun, why not make them into a game? Play or sing a few notes from a Christmas song, and see if your kids can recognise what it is.
Here are some good songs to include in the game:
The Twelve Days of Christmas
This is a memory game all in itself! ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is a good song to sing to teach kids about the Twelfth Night, and the Feast of Epiphany if you follow a Christian religion.
It’s also a really fun song, and you and your kids can even make your own props, holding them up at the right points in the song.
Regardless of religious belief, ‘Christmas Day’ is just a lovely song that emphasises the importance of happiness, love, family, and peace – not just at Christmas time, but throughout the year. Perhaps some of the best lines in any Christmas song are included in ‘Christmas Day’:
If Christmas day is really in your heart You don't have to save up all your love To give once a year Learn to give, try to live Each day like Christmas Day.
Do you have any favourite Christmas games or Christmas songs for kids that you like to play and sing over the festive period? Share your ideas and family traditions with us below.