Seven great play ideas for children this Christmas

December 12, 2016 Published by

The festive period is hugely exciting for children (and most adults!) and there is likely to be lots of activities, visits to Father Christmas, school plays and Christmas outings in the calendar throughout the weeks leading up to the big day.

But if you find gaps in the schedule and have excited children at home, or are struggling to avoid the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ moans in the quieter days after Christmas, it’s worth having a few ideas up your sleeve to keep them entertained while you’re busy organising everything.

We’ve put together some Christmas themed play ideas to keep children of all ages busy.

 Learn how to play Christmas Bingo
Christmas Bingo

This is a great game to keep children entertained while you’re out Christmas shopping. Make up some simple bingo sheets, using Christmas objects instead of numbers, for example, Father Christmas, snowman, reindeer, Christmas tree, etc and give each child a version with the words in different places.  You can use pictures for younger children or written words for older ones. While you are out and about, get your children to mark the words off the sheet when they see the objects. The first to get a line wins!

Source: Christmas Bingo from Crazy Little Projects



Download Christmas ABCs Worksheet
Festive ABC

Simply write the letters of the alphabet down one side of a piece of paper and ask children to think of Christmassy words for each letter. They can either work as a team if they are younger, or race against each other to get all the letters if they are a little older.

 Source: Christmas ABCs by Perfect Party Games


 Family Fun with Scrabble
Make a Yuletide Christmas

Everyone chooses a Christmas-themed word and then each person has 30 seconds to tell their part of the story, incorporating only one of the words given by the others. Then the next person takes over, including another of the words in their section. This is great fun to play and ideal to keep little ones entertained on long journeys.


Photo Credit:  Scrabble Fade Virginia State Parks by Virginia State Parks licensed under CC BY 2.0


Christmas Wreath on Door

Wreath Gathering Walk

Get wrapped up and go outside to find materials to make a Christmas wreath. You could look for pine cones, fir tree branches, holly, mistletoe, ivy, etc. It’s a great way to get the children outside and remember – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.



Small Candy Canes
Candy Cane Hunt

Another good idea for getting out and about at Christmas. Buy a pack of cheap candy canes and hide them around the garden or nearby park and then get the children to go out searching for them. The obscurity of the hiding places can increase with the age of the hunters.



Build a Snowman

If we’re lucky enough to get snow this year – get out and build a snowman – great fun for all the family.




Christmas Colouring & Puzzles

There are some great colouring sheets and puzzles which are free to download online. Some examples are here and here, but a simple online search should result in lots of options. Perfect for a rainy day, or to give you some time to wrap those presents without any prying eyes!



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