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Treats 'n Guts


Fill a large container with stuff like noodles, Jell-O, grapes, and anything slimy. Bury small plastic prizes in the 'guts' and turn down the lights. The kids then dig through the container to find the prizes.


Guess How Many


Fill a jar with candy corn and have the kids guess how many are in the jar. Have each child put their name and their guess on a small slip of paper. Towards the end of the party announce the winner (who gets to keep the jar of candy)!





Put a pile of wrapped candy on a table.  Give each child a container like a small bag or paper cup. Have a parent time the game (30 seconds) and

have the kids put as much candy into their containers as possible without using their hands. When time is up, the one with the most pieces wins, but everyone gets to keep the candy in their containers.



Word Game


Give each child a sheet of paper containing a Fall word or phrase such as Haunted House, Wicked Witch, Trick or Treat, or Pumpkin. Ask each child to make as many words as they can out of the letters in the word on their paper.





Act our Fall words such as pumpkin, full moon, costume, witch, spider web,

candy corn, monster, or treats.  Get creative!



Marshmallow Toss


Give each team a container of large marshmallows and have them toss them into the buckets relay race style.  The team with the most marshmallows at the end wins.



Pass the straw


Give each child a straw and have them put it in their mouth horizontally, with their mouth holding one end.  Have a parent time them (maybe 30 - 45 seconds) while the children move the straw from one end of their mouth to the other without using their hands.




 Use any old party ideas and your creativity for yout Thanksgiving class parites.  For example, you can play Pin the Tail on the Pilgrim, Pin the Tail on the Turkey and Musical Turkey (pass a toy turkey or beanie baby around a circle while the music plays - like hot potato and the child holding the turkey when the music stops is out).  Other fun games could be (depending on the weather) outdoor field games like potato sack races or three legged races.  In girl scouts, we placed the Clothing Relay (place clothing into two piles, with each pile having the same kinds of pieces - then have the kids team up on both sides of the room so that the first child add the three or four pieces of clothing at one end, runs to the other end and then drops the three or four pieces and a team mate is waiting to do the same and run back to the third teammate. 

Other fun games include:


Turkey Calling Contest

Have the children make turkey sounds while they run around the room acting like a turkey (squawking, pecking and flapping). You may want to do this gave outdoors so you do not disturb the other classes. 


Pop the Balloons

You can do this in two ways.  One way is to set all the balloons on one side of the room and all the children on the other.  Have a parent yell "GO" and have the first child from each team run to the balloons, grab one and sit on it until it pops.  The child runs back and tags their teammate who does the same thing.

Another variation is to tie a balloon to each ankle of each child and when you yell go, the children try to pop each others balloons.  The child with an un-popped balloon left at the end is the winner.  This game can be upsetting to some young players, especially the second variation when kids go after wach others balloons!



Gift Exchange


Tell the parents that the kids will be exchanging small gifts (under $5).  Have the children bring a wrapped gift to the party.  Have the children sit in a circle with their gift and ask one parent to read a Christmas story containing the works RIGHT and LEFT (you can make one up).  Everytime the child hears the word RIGHT, they pass their gift to the RIGHT.  When they hear the word LEFT, they pass their gift to the left.  At the end of the story, they open the gift they ended up with.  You can ask the children to bring gifts suitable for a boy or a girl OR you could create two circles in the room and have the girls in one circle and the boys in the other.


Story Example:

The Right Family Christmas Story Christmas was almost here and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking. Father RIGHT, Susie RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last minute Christmas errands. "There's not much LEFT to be done," said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen.  "Did you leave the basket of food at Church?" asked Mother RIGHT? "I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to," said Billy RIGHT." "I don't have any money LEFT." The hall telephone rang, and Susie RIGHT LEFT to answer it.  She rushed back and told the family, "Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT's porch. I'll go over there RIGHT now and get it," she said as she LEFT in a rush. Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas Tree. By the time Susie RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree. The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating. Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family. Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that's all that's LEFT of our story, except to wish you a Merry Christmas, isn't that RIGHT?



Gift Wrap Game


Wrap several gift items in layers of paper (the number of layers depends on how long you want the game to last).


Have the kids sit in a circle in and give one child one gift.  Let them know that they are to pass the gift to their right when they hear the music (as in the game of hot potato). When you turn the music off, who ever has the gift gets to take off ONE layer of paper then continue this until the last layer of paper is taken off. Whoever has the gift unwrapped gets to keep it and steps out of the game.



Gift Wrap Relay


This works best for 3rd - 5th graders, they are capable or wrapping gifts, but haven’t had much practice yet. Select 2 small boxes of equal size. Gift wrap them. Cut extra sheets of wrapping paper to fit the size of the box. You will need one piece of wrapping paper for each child. Divide the children into teams. To play the game, a team member will leave their group, run to the gift station, unwrap the gift, rewrap the gift, and run back to tag the next team member. The first team to have each member wrap the gift wins. To tease the teams before they start, a gift that rattles adds a fun touch. A box of macaroni and cheese works and it gives them a laugh when the first person unwraps it too.



Valentine's Day...

Valentine Stack

Give each child 2 small packs of candy hearts.  Have the children open the packs and dump them on their desk.  Have a parent watch the second hand on their watch and yell "GO" giving the children 90 seconds (maybe longer for younger kids) to stack as many hearts as they can on top of each other.  They can make a pyramid from hearts, one stack or several stacks in a small circle - however they want.  The child with the most rows high (not sideways) wins a small prize.

Famous Pairs

For this game you need an even number of children - so one parent may have to participate.  Ahead of time, write the names of famous pairs on slips of paper, one partner per slip of paper (in other words you might have one paper with the name Romeo and another with Juliette, one with peanut butter and another with jelly).  Be creative when picking your pairs and make it age appropriate for your group (you can separate the papers, giving boys and girls opposite pairs if you like).

Fold the papers so that nobody can see what is written and allow each child to take one slip of paper - but instruct them not to look at it.  Tell the children that they are to look at the paper and then go around the room and look at the other children's papers to find their match.  Once they found their match, instruct them to stand in a section of the room away from the other game players still looking for partners.   When all the children have found their partners, have the partners read off what each of their slips say - depending on how creative you got, this could be the best part of the game!


Decorate the Cookies

Have a parent or parents make or buy valentine cookies that have not been decorated.  Give each child a cookie and provide icing, sprinkles, candy and other fun treats.  Let the children creat their cookie and then show the class - before they devour them!


St. Patrick's Day...



Write trivia questions on the back of shamrocks (they can be cut out by the students as part of a carft project). Be creative with the questions and include information about St. Patrick's Day, about St. Patrick, about Ireland or about things that are green.

Divide the class into two teams. Put the shamrocks in a black kettle or container and have the students take turns picking a question from the pot. The team with the most correct answers wins!



 Easter Egg Race

Hard boil some eggs.  Have the children decorate them and let them dry while you do other class activities.  Once dry, divide the class into teams and give the first child in each team a plastic spoon with their egg on it.  Have the child place the spoon end in their mouth so the egg is suspended in front of them.  Without using their hands have them run to the finish line and back and then the next child does the same.


Egg Smashing!

This is a favorite tradition at home during easter!  Hard boil some eggs and let the children decorate them.  Once dry, have each child take one egg and hold it so that one end is pointing out.  Have each child turn to another and have one child gently tap their egg on the end of the other.  The egg that cracks is turned around so the uncracked side is now pointing, then the child taps with another child.  The child left with an egg that has at least one uncracked side at the end of the game is the winner.


End of Year...

Field Day

Plan an outdoor fun and field day for the end of year.  Use hula hoops to set up an obstacle course, play tug of war, get several large paint buckets and fill some with water and put a large (car washing sized) sponge in the full bucket.  Place another empty bucket about 50 feet away (adjust the distance based on the age). Have the kids race in teams with the sponge filled with water to the empty bucket, squeeze out the sponge and run back to the next teammate to pass the sponge.  If the teams are not even, you may need some children to run twice.  You could set up musical chairs, have three-legged races and many other fun outdoor games!







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