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November 22, 2011 04:25 by Barbara Shelby



This page has much more than games! Scroll down to the middle of the page for some great ideas! 'Santa's Names' and 'Merry Christmas' in different languages...Where to get free 'Santa E-mail letters' and a 'personalized video'... Music & Movement...Nature and Earth Friendly Holiday Tips and More!




Create flashcards with reindeer names.
The common names given for Santa's reindeer in modern culture are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

Eight of these names are taken more or less directly from Clement C. Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas," Rudolf was not part of the original reindeer but came later from the song - Rudolf the red nose reindeer...

Players stand side by side on a line called the NORTH POLE.
The children can select the name of a reindeer for themselves.
One person is Santa.

Santa stands in the middle of the play area facing the reindeer.
Santa calls the name of a reindeer (example -"Dasher").
All reindeer by that name gallop to the other end of the play area .
Santa tries to tag them.
All players tagged stay in the middle to help Santa.(If there is a large amount of chileren, Santa can have one of two of his/her elves assist.


SANTA TRIP (Good for line transitions)

Players sit in a circle. The first player says,
" On Christmas Eve I'm traveling with Santa and I'm going to take (something starting with A )".
The next player repeats the first object and adds an object beginning with B continue the game through the alphabet.
If there are more players than 26 letters...start again at "A".



Poster board, crayons, paint or markers, large marshmallows, plastic wrap, tape for tossing line.

1. Draw a VERY LARGE Christmas tree on the poster board; decorate and color the tree.
Glue or staple the poster board to a piece of cardboard and cut 4 round circle holes of various sizes in the tree. You'll throw the snowball through these holes.
2. To make the snowballs, wrap 3-5 marshmallows in plastic wrap and tie or tape it to hold it together.
Prop the tree up and mark a line on the floor at the desired distance from the tree.
Younger players may need a closer line.
3. Playing the Game: Players take turns standing behind the line and try to toss the "snowballs" through a hole on the tree board.
Keep score by counting the snowballs successfully tossed through a hole or by assigning a point value to each hole.
The smaller the hole, the more points earned.
For a party-a prize could be awarded to all who participate!

How many words can you spell with the letters in CHRISTMAS?
Example: Sam, am, stir, mass, mist, rat, ram, tar, car, cat, this, his, mat, at, as, sit, etc.


ESTIMATIONS: Not just fun but MATH and Science too!

Have the kids write their name on a piece of paper along with their guess...Put the guesses in a closed envelope. Depending on what is being guessed--you can award prizes or the jar itself! In case of a tie--have two prizes--or enough in the jar for two. The winning child can also open the jar and share with the group! (I like that one the best!) -I did this at our family Christmas Eve gathering last year-with adults and children both guessing! (Barb)



 ***PLAY 'CHRISTMAS CHECKERS' & 'TIC TAC TOE' using round Green and Red Peppermint wrapped Candy!***



1. Hide a Christmas (or Holiday of your choice) item.  
2. Have a child to try to find the item. 
3. When they get close to the item they are getting hotter. 
4. When they get farther away from the item they are cold. The farther they get away the colder they get.  The closer they get the hotter they get...


Supplies: 18 items in box (Adjust to the age of children)
Version #1:  Show the items in the box to the children. Remove one or more items out of the box (without children seeing you). Have the children guess what items are missing.

Version #2: For older children --put items on large tray or cookie sheet. Cover. Remove cover for 20-30 seconds and then remove tray from room. Children are to write down as many items that they can remember from the tray before you yell, "STOP". Most correct answers wins!



Age Level: Pre-K through grade 6

 "The Night before Christmas" is a little like "Musical Chairs."
Put chairs in a circle.
Give each child playing the name of some part of Santa Claus' outfit-such as sleigh, reindeer, etc.---Or something story related.(House, mouse, window, etc.
Each item can have one or more playing with the same word-such as there can be two sleighs, etc.

1. The facilitator reads the well-known story, "The Night Before Christmas."
2. As the 'chosen words from the story' are read, the players having that word, rises... turns around in a circle... and sits down again.
3. When the reader mentions Santa or Santa Claus.---ALL change places, and children try to secure a seat.
The one left out. continues reading the story, and so on, until completed.



Play Christmas songs from a CD.
Who can recognize the title the quickest?


A drawing/guessing game for 4th grade or older

Black board and chalk or Dry Erase board and markers.
Slips of paper with a different Christmas song written on each one. A Christmas themed container or a stocking
1. Divide the group into teams.
2. The player up draws a slip of paper from the stocking, reads it silently and hands to facilitator. 
3. The player must then draw clues as to what their song is--and try to get their team to say the name of the song.
4. If the playing team guesses correctly, before the timer runs out, they get two points.
5. If the playing team cannot guess correctly, before the timer runs out, the opposing team may take one guess.
6.If the opposing team guesses correctly they get a point and the playing team loses a point. Most points wins.


CHRISTMAS WHO AM I? Make tags with names of Christmas characters and words:
Kris Kringle, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Rudolf, Frosty, Candy Cane, etc.

Put one on each persons' back.
Players go around the room and ask other participants questions that could be answered with a 'yes or no' to find out who they are.
When they guessed their own "identity" they get a prize.
1. Ask "yes" or "no" questions only.
2. Answer "yes or no" to questions only.
3. No removing your own name tag to find out. If you ask, anyone will help you find out your identity.




  Supplies: Box filled with candy and that box wrapped many times with different paper. Music

1. Children sit in a circle on the floor. While the music is playing the "present" is passed around the circle.
2. When the music stops, one layer of wrapping paper is removed. The music begins again and the process continues until the box is completely unwrapped.

3. The box is then opened and everyone shares the candy.


Play Simon Says according to the season and theme:
Santa Says, Frosty Says, The Snowman Says, The Elf Says, The Gingerbread Boy (or girl) Says, Rudolf Says, etc.

Example: Replace the phrase "Simon Says" with "ELF SAYS."  Leader Elf says:
'Elf says, "Put your hands on your head."' All players should be their hands on their head.
When the leader Elf gives an instruction without saying "Elf Says" and the followers do the action anyway, the leader Elf says "HO! HO! HO!" and the player must sit down.
The last player left standing is the winner and can then be the next leader Elf.



Gather together a collection of old (RECYCLED) Christmas cards and carefully cut off the backs. (Avoid glittery cards.)
Place a large box or bin on the floor. (it would be nice if the kids decorated the container with a Holiday theme!)
Mark a place to stand some feet away from the box, depending on the age of the children.
If you are playing with mixed ages, older children should stand further away than younger children.

Each child takes turns tossing a stack of cards (like a frisbee) into the box. Count up the cards that land in the box...


Need: Index cards, Paper bags.
Choose a Christmas word such as: Christmas, Candy Cane, Santa Claus, or Reindeer.
Write the letters (mixed up) of the word on individual index cards. Do this two times, making two sets. Put each set in a brown paper bag.

Divide children into teams. Give each team a bag. The first team to decipher the word in the bag wins.

VARIATION: Divide children into teams with the same number of children as there are letters in the word.
Each child gets a letter and they must hold onto the card and stand in the proper order to spell the word for all to see.


1. For a flat surface, instruct kids to place a book or something similar on their head. Hold it in place with one hand.
2. Place a sheet of paper on the book and start to draw with the other hand.
     • Instruct youth to first draw a floor.
     • Draw a Christmas tree on the floor.
     • At the top of the tree draw a star on the tree. 
     • Draw some presents under the tree

3. There is one point per correct drawing-- one point if the tree is on the ground and one point if the star is on the tree and not in mid-air, one point for each present under the tree! You can also add ornaments on the tree...


One person picks something that is HOLIDAY RELATED... and then the rest of the children ask "Yes -or -No- questions’ (up to 20 questions only) until someone guesses who/or what the person has chosen. Another version of this game is to place something "Holiday-ish" IN A BOX that the children can't see. Play the game from there! (You could put in a snow globe, ornament, tinsel, tree light, Santa hat, etc.)


Place cotton ball "snow" on the parachute. Put on some music and gently let the snow fall.  





The common names given for Santa's reindeer in modern culture are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

Eight of these names are taken more or less directly from Clement C. Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas," and the ninth from the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the TV special based upon it


Canada--Merry Christmas
USA--Merry Christmas
China--Sheng Dan Kuai Le
France--Joyeux Noel
Finland --Hauskaa Joulua
Denmark--Glaedelig Jul
Spain--Feliz Navidad
Mexico--Feliz Navidad
Sweden--God Jul
Russia--S Rozhdestvom Kristovym
Portugal-- Boas Festas
Japan--Meri Kurisumasu
Italy --Buon Natale
Greece--Kala Christougenna
Belgium--Vrolijke Kerstmis
Poland--Wesolych Swiat
Netherlands--Zalig Derstfeest
Germany--Frohliche Weihnachen



This game can introduce youth to different languages. They may not know how to pronounce the words-but they'll learn how to recognize the greetings.

1. Cut 36 pieces of tag board. On half write the countries-on the other half write the greetings.

2. Quilt fashion--tack the countries on a bulletin board, wall or what will work for you. Put the greetings in a box.

3. The first player takes a greeting from the box and places in over the country he/she thinks it matches.
Following players have a choice. They can move whatever greetings they think belongs elsewhere-or choose a new greeting to place on a country.

4. As the game progresses, there may be two greetings on the same country. The next player will need to correct that on his/her turn. There is only one move per turn.

5. When a player at his turn-- decides all is correct-- the game is over and the answers are checked!

TEAM play: Set up two game boards and greeting sets. The first team done --ends the game.
If the first team to finish has all correct--five additional points are earned.
Both teams score one point for each correct move.

TIP: Write the greeting on the back of each country for easy checking) Kids can also play alone during free time.
Source: Holiday Games-Edupress 1990


(This following list can also be used to play the above game!)


Austria - Weihnachtsmann, Nikolaus
Belgium and the Netherlands - Black Pete, Christkind, Noel and Saint Nicholas
Brazil - Papai Noel
China - Che Dun Lao Ren
Denmark - Julemanden
England - Father Christmas
Estonian - Jouluvana
Finland - Joulupukki, Old Man Christmas
France - Pere Noel or le Petit
Germany - Weihnachtsmann, Nikolaus
Holland - Kerstman
Iceland - Jolasveinn
Italy - Babbo Natale
Japan - Santa Kurousu
Lithuania - Kaledu Senu
Mexico - San Nicolás, Santa
Norway - Julenissen
Poland - Star Man or Wise Men
Russia - Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz), Dedushka Moroz
Serbo-Croation - Bozic Bata. Sveti Nickola
Spain - Three Kings
Sweden - Jultomten
Switzerland - Saint Nicholas, Chriskind



If possible bring a small pine tree into the classroom/program for the Holiday season. If no tree is available, make a large one out of green butcher paper/roll paper and hang it on the wall. Make and reproduce patterns for the children to color/paint/decorate -- and cut out.

Punch a hole near the top of the ormaments and add yarn to hang. (When it's time for holiday vacation--the kids can take the ornaments home to put on their own trees)





Here are two FREE websites that E-mail Dear Santa letters. First one has lots and lots of other fun "Santa things"...the second is more simple--but very sweet. Nice to post at your "Parent Center..." if working in child care! really fun site!!!


HAVE SANTA TALK DIRECTLY TO YOUR CHILD THROUGH COMPUTER VIDEO!  Your child can receive their own personalized video message from Santa--click here. You enter info about your child (first name, hair color, photo if you wish, City/State, and one gift they would like (and will get) Using his big book of 'naughty and nice' boys and girls your child will see a page in it.  Santa talks directly to your child. It's very magical!

If you are a caregiver/teacher and would like to share this with your parents, the address is 


Make a list with the kids of all the things they'd like to do in your program or home this winter!!! Try to do it before winter/holiday break--or the first week the holiday break is over!



Sung to "She'll be coming around the mountain"
He'll be coming down the chimney when he comes,
He'll be coming down the chimney when he comes,
He'll be coming down the chimney,
He'll be coming down the chimney,
He'll be coming down the chimney when he comes.

 He'll be bringing lots of presents when he comes,
He'll be bringing lots of presents when he comes,
He'll be bringing lots of presents,
He'll be bringing lots of presents,
He'll be bringing lots of presents when he comes.

He'll be driving nine reindeer when he comes,
He'll be driving nine reindeer when he comes,
He'll be driving nine reindeer,
He'll be driving nine reindeer,
He'll be driving nine reindeer when he comes.



Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Let's make Christmas wreaths
And decorate the tree...
Then wait for Santa's treats-
How happy we will be!

Let's sing songs of peace,
Sing them loud and clear...
Oh what fun for everyone-
Christmas time is here!

Christmas time, Christmas time,
Christmas time is here!
Oh what fun for everyone-
Christmas time is here!

Lyrics to Traditional Christmas and Winter Songs are Here...


THE REINDEER POKEY - to tune of 'Hokey-Pokey'

You put your reindeer hoof in,
You take your reindeer hoof out.
You put your reindeer hoof in,
And you turn yourself about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.

Next verses:
You put your reindeer tail in...
You put your reindeer nose in...
You put your reindeer body in..etc...

You can make up own verses...



MEDIEVAL WINTER CELEBRATION from Giraffe Lady in Saginaw, Mi.

Instead of having yet another generic Christmas party, my students and I have a Medieval celebration. For the two weeks prior to the last day of school before winter break, we build castles out of boxes (and anything else we can find), decorate plastic goblets with jewels, make medieval style hats and brown butcher paper tablecloths that look like wood, and talk about life in the middle ages. (Last year we spent an hour and a half talking about the plague and what silly things people believed to be medicinal.) I even got brave last year and showed them bits and pieces of "Monty Python's Holy Grail" because it depicts the attitudes and customs of the day in a humorous way that (I was somewhat surprised to find) the student related to well.

Then, on the day before we break for Christmas, we have our "feast". We turn off all the lights and use battery-operated candles for light. We lay down the "wooden" tablecloths over the cafeteria tables and put some natural looking garlands down the centers of the tables. The students get a hard roll torn in half as their charger, and we serve them torn up roasted chicken (Meijer's are good, and they're only about $5 each), hunks of cheese, and oranges for dessert. They drink sparkling grape juice from the goblets they've made, and wear their medieval hats. The students get a somewhat healthy meal (or enough to serve as a snack) and they love the novelty of the entire set up.

 The first year we did this, it was supposed to be a week-long project for the 6th-8th grade group. They enjoyed building the castles so much that they spent two weeks on just that! I have done this every year since. 



If you're going to make 'Pine-Cone" Ornaments...

First bake the cones on a foil-lined cookie sheet for about an hour at 200 degrees. This kills any bugs or spider mites (or who knows what else!) that live in them. This also allows the seeds to fall out.
If you want the pine cone to close up again, just plunge it in cold water!




Turn a protected section of your program or school yard into a nature shelter. In the cold weather- birds, squirrels and other small wildlife are in constant search of food, fresh water and safe shelter.

Set up a bird feeder, bird bath and bird house where you and the children will be able to quietly observe. They'll enjoy watching different animals seek the food and water-- and your bird house will be there when needed.


Cardboard wreaths (Make templates of wreath shapes to trace) or make a wreath shape from very small paper plates
Peanut butter

1. Cut wreath shapes out of cardboard.
2. Give each child a wreath and a plastic knife to spread peanut butter over the wreath shape.
3. Put birdseed over the peanut butter covered wreath.
4. Use spots of peanut butter to "glue" pieces of popcorn onto the wreath in a bow shape.
5. Hang the wreaths outside where they will be seen! Good for birds and other outdoor creatures...



Wrap tape on one end of a long length of yarn.
Tie a knot with a Cheerio on it at the other end.
If children are young, demonstrate how to string the chain by sliding a Cheerio (or any 'O' shaped cereal) over the tape (needle) and dropping it to the bottom.
Invite children to help you until the entire chain is strung. Drape these chains around outside tree for birds/animals to enjoy.
Poke a hole with a plastic straw at the top of each orange slice. Thread with raffia or ribbon and tie each slice to a branch.
Take STALE BREAD and have children cut SHAPES WITH COOKIE CUTTERS. Invite them to spread peanut butter on the bread with a plastic knife and then sprinkle on birdseed.
Poke a hole at the top with a plastic straw.
Thread with raffia or yarn.
Together decorate the outdoor bushes and low trees branches with the decorations.




You can celebrate the season of giving and do your bit to help out Mother Earth at the same time. Here's how.


Give experiences instead of 'stuff'. Try tickets to a show, a ball game, or a scenic train ride instead of dust-collecting knickknacks. Tailor the gift to the recipient: club or museum memberships, craft or hobby lessons, 'I O U' for a home-cooked meal, an afternoon of gardening help, free babysitting, and so on.

Shopping downtown? Take public transportation if it is available. (Look Ma! No parking fees!) And bring your own shopping bags while you're at it.

Using LED Christmas lights instead of power-sucking regular lights will dramatically slash your energy bill. Put all of your lights on a timer so they shine out only when it's dark.

4. GO NATURAL String together plain popcorn and fresh cranberries into long, colorful swags to hang on the tree, along the mantelpiece, or in the windows. (This is a great activity for the kids!) After the holidays you can hang the strings outside for the birds to enjoy.

Seek out regionally produced, one-of-a-kind gifts. Good sources include church fairs, craft shows, local boutiques, and flea markets.

Here's your official permission to pass along that present you can't use but maybe Uncle Charlie can.

Turn old holiday cards into gift tags and colorful paper chains.

Why spend money on commercial gift wrap? Calendar pages, kid's school paintings, the comics section of the newspaper--these make fun and fabulous wrapping paper alternatives. Choose paper or cloth ribbon, or colored twine instead of plastic ribbon.

Instead of adding bulk to the landfill, choose gifts that come with a minimum of product packaging, and try to find packaging that's 100 percent recyclable.

Stop the madness and remember what the holidays are really about-- Family...Friends...The simple pleasures of a shared meal!
By: Vanessa Greaves 




Santa, Snowman, Reindeer, Gingerbread, Poop and Kisses Gift Poems: Page 5

November 22, 2011 03:02 by Barbara Shelby

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 Put round, red and white peppermint candies into a pretty container or a small bag--tie with this poem attached.

I once knew a gardener who knew how to grow-
Bright tasty candies, right out of the snow.

I asked him to share his secret with me-
And this is what he said quite readily.

To garden in winter is difficult you see
It takes lots of care and a  special seed.

I'll give you a couple to grow your own treats-
And you'll soon reap a harvest of candy cane treats.

SNOWMAN KISSES (Use mini-marshmallows or other white candy)
Package prettily with attached poem...

Snowflakes from Heaven as white as can be!
Can build a Snowman for all to see!
He's cute and cuddly ---and full of good wishes...
And wants to give you a whole bunch of his kisses!



(Package Candy Kisses prettily and attach one of the following)

Santa's been busy
Granting our wishes...
So he dropped off this bag of Santa Kisses.



A bag of Hugs & Kisses
to wish you Merry Christmas!



NOW FOR THE SASSY...These have been around awhile and you either like them or you don't! But here they are...

 GINGERBREAD POOP (Use gum drops)


Heard you've been naughty!
So here's the scoop
all YOU get is
Gingerbread Poop! 



 SNOWMAN POOP #1 (Use marshmallows)  

Heard you've been naughty
So here's the scoop,
All you get is... Snowman Poop!


Santa looked at his list-
even checked it twice.
And he found out that
you haven't been nice.
With coal  so expensive,
here is the scoop,
Santa's filling your stocking



#1 REINDEER POOP (or Droppings)

For "Reindeer Poop" put Raisenettes or Milk Duds in small cello or bagagies; attach one of the following poems. 

Santa's been here. How do I know?
Look what I found outside in the snow!


 As I finished my task, which took quite awhile,
Old Santa passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he sped off in the sky...
"Well they're not potty trained, but at least they can fly!"





Place in a clear plastic bag...
1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey's chocolate kisses
10-15 mini-marshmallows
1 small candy cane

Add one of the following poems...

When the weather outside is frightful,
Snowman Soup can be delightful.
May it warm your spirit and your soul.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

When you feel a chill or 'burrrrrr',
Use the peppermint stick to stir.
Add hot water and sip it slow.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

POEM #2 When it's so cold that you holler and whoop,
It's time to bring out the Snowman Soup!

Pour the packet in a mug. Add marshmallows too.
And throw in these kisses
that are special just for you.

Now add some hot water and use the cane to stir it.
Sip slowly and soon you'll feel the warm winter spirit!


A little cup of cocoa, I'm sending your way,
For you to sip and enjoy,
On some cold winter day.

As you sip this cocoa, it's warmth will warm your heart...
Just like our friendship warmed mine, Right from the very start.



Small glass jar (baby food size)
1 serving of hot cocoa mix
About 1/4 cup of small marshmallows
4-inch or larger fabric scrap (depending on the size of your jar)
18" length of ribbon
Hershey Kiss candy
Small wrapped candy cane

lean the jar and dry it well. Measure a one-cup serving of the hot cocoa mix into the jar. Fill the jar to the top with small marshmallows. . Cut the fabric scrap into a circle. Center the fabric circle on top of the jar lid. Tie the ribbon around the edge. Glue the Hershey Kiss on top of the fabric cover. Glue the candy cane to the side of the jar. Write a personal note and draw a candy cane or other symbol on the card.

Include simple directions such as the following:
"Here's a little gift to warm you up on a cold afternoon. Simply pour this jar of cocoa mix into a mug filled with 6 to 8 oz. of hot water. Top with marshmallows and drop in the Hershey Kiss. Stir with the candy cane and enjoy!"



Fill a small baggie with round chocolate 'Milk Chocolate Malt Balls' candy. (Whoppers is one company in the States that makes them) Add one red ball of the same size.  Of course the red 'nose' is Rudolf's! A red gum-ball,  red Sour balls, or giant red spice drop candy works well for the red nose...There are also candy companies that make white, pink and red malt balls for Valentine's Day.

Add a tag tied to the baggie saying, "Reindeer Noses for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph".  

 A good idea when packing small 'goodies' such as this--is to size card-stock to the width of a clear bag. After writing the title or title/poem/directions on the bottom half of the card...fold the paper in half and attach it to the top--one side on each side to the bag. Embellish the card with ribbon if desired.

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Winter-Time Inside Games!

November 22, 2010 14:19 by Barbara Shelby



Both Active & Passive Ideas...




You will need:
Several sheets of white paper
Laundry basket
Ping-Pong ball
Empty plastic soda bottle

Crumple up the sheets of paper to make paper snowballs and  try one or more of the following activities with the children:

1. Set a Hula-Hoop on the floor and try to toss the snowballs into the circle.

2. Place a laundry basket on a table and try to toss the snowballs into the basket.

3. Place a Ping-Pong ball on the mouth of an empty plastic soda bottle, then try to knock off the ball with the snowballs without knocking over the bottle.



• Crumple up several sheets of paper to make snowballs. Before play begins, create a safe zone to which the children may run.

• Have one player hide (turn their back) with a stack of 'snowballs'. The other players pretend to ice-skate, ski, or play in the snow.

• With a shout of "Snowball Fight!" the hidden player begins to throw snowballs at the players, who must run to the safe zone before a snowball hits them.

• If the snowball thrower doesn't hit a player with a snowball, he must return to his hiding place, and play resumes.

• If a player is hit, he becomes the hidden player.
(With a larger group have 2 or 3 snowball throwers)



Adapt tic-tac-toe to play at different seasons and holidays. Take a large piece of poster board and draw the tic tac toe lines on it and laminate if possible. FOR WINTER....
Make winter shape templates of mittens and hats...or snowballs and snowmen.
Cut out the shapes (laminate if possible) and play as usual.



Black board and chalk or a Dry Erase board. Also markers, slips of paper with a different winter items/objects on each one,a container for words and timer.
Example of pictionary words:
mittens, coat, snowflake, sled, ice-skates, snowman, etc...

Divide the kids into teams. The player up draws a slip of paper from the bowl and then reads it silently and hands to it to the facilitator. The player must then draw clues as to what was on their paper -- their team guesses what it is. If the playing team guesses correctly, before the timer runs out, they get two points.

If the playing team cannot guess correctly, before the timer runs out, the opposing team may take one guess. If the opposing team guesses correctly they get a point and the playing team loses a point. Most points wins.
For small children don't divide into teams, use a timer or keep track of points. Just play until someone in the class yells out the right answer.


Play Simon Says according to the season and theme:
Frosty Says, The Snowman Says, The Polar Bear Says, The Penguin Says, The Gingerbread Boy (or Girl) Says, etc.



I live in Southern CA where we don't get snow. So, each December with my older group of children we assemble about 200 snowballs using newspaper and masking tape. (Or crumpled up paper) On cold days or on days we can't be outside, we have a snowball fight.

Divide the group into two teams. Put each team on opposite sides of the room with the pile of snowballs in the middle. On go, each team must try to get as many snowballs on the other teams side as fast as possible. I usually time them for about 1-2 minutes. At stop, all of the snowballs are on the ground and staff assist the children in gathering them into one pile and counting. The team with the least snowballs is the winner.

Of course you have to have the typical rules: you can't throw them at anyone, yada yada!. Smile  Have fun!! Tasha/California



Race against time and competitors to puff your ball to the finish line.
Large paper cups
Ping-Pong ball
Paper towel tubes

1. To set up, hang three large paper cups with tape off one side of a table, so that the cup openings are level with the table's surface. Fill each cup halfway with small prizes. (If it's a party; forget the prizes if it's NOT a party)
2. Give the first two players paper towel tubes and explain that when you place a Ping-Pong ball in front of each of them, they must blow through the tubes like a snowblower. (Point out that a gentle breath is all it takes to get the "snowball" rolling.)
3. Each contestant will have 15 seconds to direct the ball across the table and into one of the paper cups; if the ball goes over the edge first, that player's turn is over. Each winner gets to pick one prize from the cup--and the playing continues until each cup is empty.

(Just play if there are no prizers.This could be an on-going winter game; if it is, have the kids decorate their paper towel tubes with construction paper, stickers, ribbon, drawings, etc.


This is an Indoor race that challenges kids' balancing skills - penguin style.

Beanbag or Hacky Sack-style footbag
Have children stand side by side with their "eggs" (beanbags or Hacky Sack-style footbags) on top of their feet. Players try to shuffle across the room without dropping their "eggs." The first one to succeed wins.



Supplies: A 5-inch paper snow flake per team, masking tape or chalk

Divide children into equal teams. Use tape or chalk to mark a starting and turning point--about 10 feet apart for each team. Give the first team members a paper snowflake. At the signal, the first players place the snowflakes on their heads and clasp their hands behind their backs. They walk to the turning point and back.. If the snowflake falls off, players must return to the starting point and begin again.



Collect plastic grocery bags. Tie one on each foot. (This will take a little time.) Have children go into the gym and play a game--but they have to skate on the bags! Basketball is a riot! From Mrs.Z/Rochester, Mi.


One person picks something that is WINTER RELATED... and then the rest of the children ask "Yes -or -No- questions’ (up to 20 questions only) until someone guesses who/or what the person has chosen. Another version of this game is to place something "Winter-ish" IN A BOX that the children can't see. Play the game from there! (You could put in a mitten, snowball-in a baggie), hat, paper snowflake, chap-stick, etc.) 



Styrofoam ball for each team
Pencil for each team
How To Play:
Divide into teams. First child on each team will be given a Styrofoam ball (snowball) and a pencil.
On your mark- they are to bend over, place the ball on the floor, and push the ball with the pencil across the room, around an obstacle, and back to next child on team. First team to finish wins.



You'll need:
Styrofoam balls or balls of white yarn, spoons and mittens for each team.

Play this game as you would any relay race. Divide into teams. Each player takes turns putting on mittens and balancing a "snowball" on a spoon while racing to the other side of the room. Drop the snowball
into a bucket, return to the team, pass the mittens and go to the back of the line. First team to complete the race wins!



Materials: Draw Snow ball, snowflake and icicle shapes on paper...chairs or carpet squares, tape

Divide kids into 3 groups--
   • The snowballs
   • The snowflakes
   • The icicles.
Tape one labeled paper shape on each child to indicate what group they are part of. Have the children sit in a circle on chairs or carpet squares.
Choose one child to be Jack Frost and have him/her stand in the center of the circle.
Remove Jack Frost's seat from the group so there is one seat less than the amount of kids playing the game.
Begin by having Jack Frost call out ONE group name---such as "snowballs" (or one of the other two)

When a group hear their group name called, the children of THAT group run to a NEW chair in the circle. (All in that group switch seats) At the same time, Jack Frost tries to get into one of the empty seats...
Whoever is NOT in a seat is the NEW Jack Frost.
Jack may also call out SNOWSTORM! If so...All kids find new seats!

I first thought this game is only for younger children; however, even 3-5 graders wanted to play too! I join in and play with them. Laugh and have a good time. When adults laugh and play too...the kids have a better time! Barb



Do you have a 'small' group? If so, during the winter months when children can't get outside or if you live in a warm climate and want to have a snowball fight-- use large marshmallows.

The children stand across from each other and start throwing. Put the marshmallows into containers. The side that makes them all disappear first wins. After they all hit the floor you can use again to throw some more.

Remind the children they can't eat them after they hit the floor or ground! This is a fun activity for ages 3 and up.(My older grandchildren love to do this all year round when they visit, they bombard grandpa! Barb)



White balloons blown up
Adults to help
How To Play:
Children are divided into two teams. A sheet (the mountain) is held above eye level between the two groups by adults or tall youth (holding each end). Each side throws snowballs (white balloons) over to the other side. Adapted from



Supplies: Tootsie Rolls (1 for each child)
Shoe box for each team, Bell for each team
2 mittens for each team
2 bowls for each team

How To Play:
   • Place tootsie rolls, in a bowl, at the opposite end of the room. 
   • Divide the children into two or more relay teams.
   • Explain that when you say, "GO" the first person on each team will put on the mittens, step into the shoe boxes and race to the other end of the room.
   • They are then to pick up a tootsie roll out of the bowl and race back to their team still wearing their mittens and shoe boxes.
   • Pass the mittens and shoe box to the next person in line, sit down, eat your tootsie roll.
   • The first team to finish eating their tootsie rolls wins! Adapted from



   • Have a large area with two adults and their own gloves, hats, coats, scarves, and boots laying next to them.
   • The children l line up in front of one of the adults and one at a time run up and place an item of winter on the adult.
   • The first team done wins.
   • Children love the excitement of this game and it also gets a lot of energy out on days it is too cold to go outside!



Supplies: A line drawn or taped on the floor --pre-made tissue paper snow balls.
How To Play:
   • Set a time for 2-3 minutes.
   • Yell, "GO"!
   • Each team throws their tissue paper snowballs back and forth across the lines.
   • When the timer goes off, the team with the LEAST amount of snowballs on their side wins.



My kids (all ages) have a great time balling up old newspaper and then taking the "snowballs" outside for an old-fashioned snowball fight. Just remember that newspaper can leave inky hands... you could also use that rejected copy paper that is saved in trash bag or large marshmallows (both read about elsewhere on this site) for warm climate winter game ideas! From Casey


***Idea: PLAY COLD BALL using a large white Styrofoam ball…the same way you would play "Hot Potato".


PASS THE ICE (Young kids)
Play just like hot potato only with an ice cube. When the music stops... clap for the person with the ice.


PASS THE SNOWBALL - Circle Game (For younger kids)

When you have snow--make a couple snowballs and freeze them until they are very hard.
Have the children put on their mittens. and play the "Wonder-ball game".
While passing the snowball around the circle have children memorize and say, 

"The wonder ball goes round and round. To pass it quickly, you are bound. If you're the one to hold it last. The game for you has quickly passed. Out goes Y-O-U!"

The children sit out the rest of that round (or you can have them stay in--it's your choice how you play this part)
The kids will think it's fun wearing their mittens during inside time--to play this game.

There have been several games in here describing games that simulate "indoor ice-skating". This is what we do with out kinder-program.
We make a skating rink on the carpet by placing tape on the floor as an outline and then put wax paper on the children's shoes. They really like to do this---and it's also good for indoor large motor skills. (Sarah/Oakbrook)




10-12 magazines for each team
Scissors for each team
Construction paper
Glue or stapler

Create identicle lists of winter items.
Example: snow, mittens, gloves, ice skates, winter coat/jacket, sled, hot cocoa, ice, snowman, igloo, earmuffs, scarf, polar bear, christmas tree, holiday toys, a winter scene, Holiday food, etc.

1. Divide the players into two or more teams.
2. Give each team a stack of magazines, scissors, and a Scavenger list
3. Have teams search the magazines for the items on their list to cut out. Glue or staple to the construction paper.

The team has found the most items at the end of the time wins. (Remember this activity-it can be adapted to any other time of the year!)