Username Post: Reindeer Games        (Topic#1582785)
pugs223
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I am looking for ideas for games to play with the kids (DS/nieces/nephews) at Christmas. Last year, everyone was on their Kindles, Netbooks, phones, etc that no one played together. This year, I said I'm going to be the mean Auntie and make them put their electronics down and we are going to have some fun together because that is what Christmas is about.

The kids: Girl 12, Girl 9, Boy 9, Boy 7, Boy 6, Boy 4, Sister-in-law 31 (I think she was the worst offender of ignoring everyone while on Kindle last year). With SILs (3 total), the youngest ones could have a helper if needed.

SOOOOO, any ideas for some fun games we can play with the group?



 
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In response to pugs223

Push them out the door and then lock it?

That always works for me.



Seriously though, I'll put on my thinking cap.


 
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At our holiday parties, we've done a trivia game with little prizes (or you could just keep score).

I usually find holiday questions online.

E.g.
What product advertisement does Santa appear?
What was Frosty the Snowman's nose made of?
What gifts did the wise men present?



I completely agree about the electronics. It drives me NUTS when my nieces and nephews are engrossed in their gadgets, rather than interacting with the person sitting in front of them!
You are NOT the mean aunt.



 
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Try looking at classroom party games (library book or online).
The 1st one that came to mind for me was "Don't Eat Pete!" If you don't know it, it involves taking turns going out of the room, a 'secret' square, anticipation and enthusiastic yelling when the 'right' square is chosen.
Maybe a gift exchange game: participants sit in a circle, all start with a wrapped gift, leader reads a story with lots of "left" & "right" in it, at each direction word the gifts are passed.
Good luck!


 
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How about "Pin the nose on Rudolph"? I don't know if it is a "real" game or not. It just popped into my head. If it isn't real then just draw a big Rudolph and his nose separately and blindfold the player as each one takes turns. The others give the one playing hints on where Rudolph is.


 
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What about a scavenger hunt?

And here are some cute ideas.


 
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  • charK on 11-20-12 11:51 AM
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We always play games. Like trouble, wheel of fortune on the tv, and others. We do elimination rounds and I post a big sheet of paper with the brackets of who is playing who, the kids sign up and so do adults. One final grand prize.....big bag of M&M's or something like that.


 
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Melissa - pushing them out the door would work. But then I may as well just let them leave their faces buried in their electronics

Thanks for all of the ideas so far. I may just get like 20 games ready, then pick out of a hat what we are going to play next.

Linda - thanks for reassuring me that I'm not the mean aunt


 
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"Let's see who can write our thank you notes the fastest?" with prizes also given for creativity and quantity.


 
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  • moxiegirl23 Said:
"Let's see who can write our thank you notes the fastest?" with prizes also given for creativity and quantity.




Oooohhhh good one!!

Leave it to Liz to come up with one that's creative AND educational!


 
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  • pugs223 Said:
Melissa - pushing them out the door would work. But then I may as well just let them leave their faces buried in their electronics

Thanks for all of the ideas so far. I may just get like 20 games ready, then pick out of a hat what we are going to play next.

Linda - thanks for reassuring me that I'm not the mean aunt





Well, if you are, then I am too!!

When this happened with our family, I gently tried to 'nudge' niece away from her phone and interact.

Had it been my own kid... she would have gotten a stern warning, and electronic would have been taken away!


 
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:
  • moxiegirl23 Said:
"Let's see who can write our thank you notes the fastest?" with prizes also given for creativity and quantity.




Oooohhhh good one!!

Leave it to Liz to come up with one that's creative AND educational!




Points given for lack of spelling and grammar mistakes.


 
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How about a game of twister.


 
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Bananagrams!!!! Our family loves that. However.....it's probably not best for the younger ones since it is a Scrabble-like game. The company that makes Bananagrams also makes similar games for the younger crowd, and I've heard great reviews about those games, too. Google Bananagrams and you should be able to find the whole fruit collection for various ages.

Our family also does jigsaw puzzles. I always have a couple ready to go. You could put one out for the adults, and one for the kids. I would bet that everyone of every age will try and work on each puzzle.


 
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  • stick on 11-21-12 09:24 AM
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I have a friend whose family has gingerbread house building contests. She buys several kits each year after Christmas when they're on sale. They divide into teams and each team builds ... Something - "house" doesn't begin to describe it, they get really creative with themes, jokes, current events. Sinking Titanic gingerbread house. OJ Simpson escaping down the freeway gingerbread creation. Stuff like that. They're allowed to use whatever other toys and candy and stuff thats around. There's a time limit, an hour maybe, and then each team does a big presentation of their creation. And she buys silly prizes so everyone wins something. Things from Ross and the dollar store. The entire family gets really involved and they have a blast. Way more fun than my family, lol.


 
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I want to try this at home this Christmas as well!


 
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We always play BINGO at thanks giving... all the grown ups and the kids play. There are envelopes with a dollar in them. Blackout, of course, has the $5.00 bill in it. I won it this year!!


 
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WE HAD A BLAST!!!!

Our first activity was a scavenger hunt. I took 15 ornaments off my tree, took pictures and made a document with all of the pictures, then took the ornaments to my parents and my sis-in-law hid them. This game got a few of the adults involved because they had to help the younger ones write down where they found the ornaments.

Then we played yahtzee/chance with really huge wood dice my dad had.

Then we bounced ping pong balls into plastic cups taped to the floor that had points written on them.

Then we played another round of yahtzee and another round of ping pong.

We had little prizes for everyone and the kids even asked to keep playing.

Now I can't wait to come up with some more ideas for next year!


 
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