Looking for some easy Christmas games to play instantly with the family?
Has there been a lull in the festivities and your kids climbing the walls? Maybe you need to tear your teens away from their phones? Metro has you covered.
These games should all be easy to play with household items you already have, and there’s a game on this list for all ages to get involved with.
Ready to add a little competition to your festive celebrations?
What you need: Bowl, cooking/serving spoon, cotton balls or ping pong balls, a blindfold and a timer on your phone.
Aim of the game: Collect as many cotton balls blindfolded as you can within one minute.
How to play: Pour all the cotton balls (or ping pong balls) on the table, blindfold the first player and give them a bowl and spoon. Tell them ‘go’ when you start the timer and watch them as they try and pick up as many balls with their spoon as possible, collecting them in their bowl.
Take it in turns so each family member plays, and count how many balls each person has collected at the end of their go. Keep score and whoever collects the most wins!
What you need: Each person will need one sheet of paper, a pencil or pen and a blindfold. You’ll also need to set a timer for 30 seconds (you may want the timer to be slightly longer if young children are playing).
Aim of the game: Draw the best snowman.
How to play: All sit around the table with your blindfolds on, pencil in hand. Choose someone to start the timer and all race the clock to try and draw a snowman without being able to see your paper.
Whoever draws the snowman with the features in the right place (or closest to) wins.
Merry Christmas Mitts
What you need: One small gift of your choosing, wrapping paper or cling film, oven mitts and a dice.
Aim of the game: Be the person who unwraps the last layer and wins the present.
How to play: It’s like a version of pass the parcel: wrap the gift multiple times, creating layers, using either recycled or leftover wrapping paper – or even cling film to make it harder (but keep in mind it’s less environmentally-friendly).
Get everyone to sit in a circle and choose the player who will start. Have them put oven mitts on and begin trying to unwrap the present layer by layer, while the player next to them rolls the dice, trying to land a six. Once the player rolls a six, the present and oven mitts are given to them so they can continue to unwrap the present.
This process repeats until one lucky player unwraps the last layer and wins the gift inside.
What you need: Two baubles, two plastic cups (that the bauble can fit in), string and tape.
Aim of the game: Use your hips to swing the bauble up and into your cup before your opponent.
How to play: Tie the plastic cup around your waist with string. Then cut a piece of string half the length of your leg and tie a bauble on one end. Attach the other end to the bottom of the plastic cup with sellotape. Then race other players to see who can swing the bauble into the cup first to be the winner!
Santa’s Sac Stack
What you need: Uninflated balloons and two stacks of six plastic cups.
Aim of the game: Stack all your cups before your opponent using only your balloon.
How to play: First, a warning: do not play this game with small children because it’s a choking hazard.
Otherwise, pick two opponents to play at the same time and stand them on either side of a table. For each player, set out six cups the right way up, side-by-side and give them one uninflated balloon each.
When the players are told to start (at the same time) they will try to stack the cups inside each other using only their balloon, which they will inflate inside each cup. The balloon filling the cup will allow the player to pick it up without using their hands and drop it into the cup next to it.
Then they will let the air out the balloon to let go of that cup, and repeat the process until the stack of six is complete. First to do so wins.
What you need: A deck of cards and a cup.
Aim of the game: Don’t blow the last card off the cup.
How to play: For adults you can fill the cup with alcohol, or for children you can use juice or water. Then, stack the complete deck of cards on top of the cup. Stand in a line, one behind the other, and take turns blowing the deck of cards once to see how small you can make the stack.
The aim is to make the player behind you be the one to blow the last card off the cup and therefore have to drink, losing the game. The bigger the puff the more cards will fall, so think carefully about how strong you want to blow.
Candy Cane Fishing
What you need: Candy canes and a bowl
Aim of the game: Hook as many candy canes as you can and collect the most.
How to play: Think hook the duck meets apple bobbing: place all the candy canes in a bowl bar two – one for each opponent. Hold the straight end of one candy cane in your mouth and battle your opponent to see who can hook more candy canes from the bowl without using your hands.
Whoever hooks the most wins!
What you need: One loo roll and plastic cup filled with water for each competitor, and a hard, flat surface.
Aim of the game: Be the first to pull your drink all the way back to you.
How to play: Each player will place their plastic cup filled with water on the end of their loo roll. They will then unroll the loo roll about two metres back. Line however many players up side-by-side so they can race against each other.
Shout go and all players will try and reel in their drink the quickest. Careful not to spill though, otherwise your loo roll will dissolve and it will slow you down.
First to reel in their cup and drink the remaining water in it wins.
Suck and Blow
What you need: Lots of marshmallows or Maltesers, as well as one straw and bowl per player.
Aim of the game: Get as many in your bowl as possible.
How to play: Each player will use their straw to suck up as many marshmallows or Maltesers as they can and collect them in their bowl. The player with the most collected takes the crown.
What you need: Cold whipped cream
Aim of the game: Catch your whipped cream in your mouth.
How to play: Squirt whipped cream onto each player’s right hand. They will then swing their right hand upwards, simultaneously smacking their right wrist with their left hand. This will launch the whipped cream up into the air, and the player must try and catch it in their mouth.
The player with the least mess wins! And you can also have a forfeit where the messiest player is in charge of clean-up.
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