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#1 Hoglet

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 02:53 PM

Hi what are you all doing as party games for 3-4 year olds. Pass the parcel, musical statues, 4 corners etc
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:06 PM

Hi what are you all doing as party games for 3-4 year olds. Pass the parcel, musical statues, 4 corners etc



One of favourites for Christmas party is musical chairs - laid out in the usual way, we have lots of space, so no problem for us. As the music stops two chairs are removed, but rather than sitting out if there is no chair that child finds another child's lap to sit on and so we go on until the end - usually the children are all "sitting" on an adults lap.

the other way we do it, is the chairs in a ring with their registration names on and we start the music and swap the names about so they are never in the same place twice, but nobody is every "out", we find different ways of moving about the ring of chairs to match the music we are playing i.e., marching, tip toes, butterflies etc.

Pass the parcel for 20 odd is boring once you've opened the parcel i think and goes on for ever. We would split that into two groups maybe of 10, or one year instead we had the children dancing with numbers written on paper on the floor, when the music stopped they had to jump on a number and I pulled out a number from the "hat" and the child standing on that number when the music stopped came and got their prize from the box.
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:20 PM

I really like dancing and numbers on the floor - will definately do that one. thanks
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:25 PM

hunt the bauble...we make small christmas tree necklaces and they have to find 6 different coloured baubles to put on them (baubles= those small circular stickers that you get in most Post offices/shops) the baubles are hidden around the rooom. (or in the garden!) beetle (but with robins) so dice game in small groups. Jigsaw game with old christmas cards chopped in to 3 easy shapes we give them one they have to find the other 2 and put them together. A version of the bean game but with actions appropiate to christmas things ...so reindeer, hands on head for antlers...father christmas, make yourself round...star, star jump etc etc. whats the time father christmas (sleigh time..ie time to catch the reindeers to harness onto the sleigh)

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:48 PM

here we go round the Christmas tree// tune of mulberry bush and do things like unwrap presents, put a star on the tree, eat the dinner you get the idea, make it up as you go along.. we sometimes included a tree in the middle and things they can put on it to decorate so baubles, tinsel etc

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:02 PM

Reindeer Pokey and Wake up Santa will be on our list.

I draw up a large sheet divided into 4
Dancing games-musical cushions, Santas coming...
Ring games-Santa's in his sleigh, There was a princess, Ring-a-ring a Party,Reindeer pokey...
Sitting games-Wake up Santa, Pass the parcel...
Songs-5 mince pies, Rudolfs nose, He'll be coming round the mountain

We choose one from each section in turn. We don't always manage all but I'd rather have too many games than struggle. On a seperate large sheet I also have timings so that all helpers know whats going on and a list of whats to eat and what to put on the table ie. no buns or sweet stuff in view to start with.


A bit military but based on 30 years and approx 60 parties but works for me

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:36 PM

Reindeer Pokey and Wake up Santa will be on our list.

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If you have time Biccy or anyone else if you are familiar with the above games - a little explanation please
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:40 PM

Yes I have no idea what wake up santa or reindeer pokey is
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:53 PM

Ooh please tell us, i'm intrigued. :o

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:58 PM

ooh i was guessing sleeping bunnnies and Hokey cokey...now doubting myself :o

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 06:12 PM

for us it was hokey cokey using things like antlers, right hoof, left hoof, red nose etc...

and the other was a version of sleeping lions, all lay down and don't move if you do you have to get up last one still wins..

we also used the parachute at any parties, always a hit..

and for food we always used food boxes so we could put in appropriate for each child less worrying about allergies etc.. just had to watch they did not swap food! They could then take any left overs home in the box, so less waste too..

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

Most of the games are just adaptations of traditional games.

Reindeer Pokey is indeed Hokey Pokey

You put your antlers in
Your antlers out
You do the reindeer pokey and you turn around
Oh Merry, merry Christmas
Oh Merry, merry Christmas
Oh Merry, merry Christmas
Arms stretched, knees bent rar rar rar

Antlers hooves, fluffy tail, red nose etc For the Reindeer pokey bit we put ourhand at the sides pf our heads and wiggle our fingers.

Sleeping Santa is the bear and the honey pot game. A child sits in the middle with a santa hat covering their eyes pretending to be asleep. Hand bells are in front of them and a pointed at child tiptose in and takes them and hides them behind their back. When the child is safely seated all shout 'Wake up Santa!' Santa has 3 chances to guess who stole the bells. Helps to have a chat about notshouting out the answer first!

Santa's coming has all the children dancing around to music. The music stops and the adult shouts 'Santa's coming' and all the children have to curl up on the floor pretending to be asleep. The adult covers a child with a throw and shouts 'Santa's gone' The remaining children have to work out who is still asleep.

Ring-a-ring a party is ring-a-ring a rosies but creating a christmas party menu. Sing as normal but substitute sausages rolls, crisps, chocolate buns etc whatever is on the menu or ask for childrens suggestions between verses

Theres also pin the tail on the reindeer, hunt the christmas bell,

The day before we will have a 'practise' at some games to lay down anti spoiling rules :o and the children know what to expect from a party as for some it will be the first experience at a game type party rather than a soft play birthday party

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:53 PM

Thank you Biccy, that's brilliant. Like Santa's coming, we do something similar already for a birthday party game. BTW anyone got a Christmassy sleeping bunnies - that is particular favourite at the moment combining it with the parachute covering them all up.
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:37 PM

how about
see the little children sleeping santa's coming soon, shall we try and wake them with a christmas tune. They're so still are they ill
etc etc
or are you after the run rabbit one???
so i guess you could do
run children run children, you girls and boys
here comes santa with a sack of toys ...whee......(coming down the chimney noise!!)

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:13 PM

You're such a poet Finleysmaid - thank you that's brilliant help.
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

Wow, what a faab thread. All sorted for our party tomorrow now, thanks everyone!

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:15 PM

We also do sleeping reindeer

..........wake up reindeer prance prance prance
dance little reindeer prance prance prance




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