Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Human Christmas Tree - Christmas Games

Next up is the Human Christmas Tree game. This is ideal to play on Christmas day once the present opening frenzy has come to an end and the room is awash with wrapping paper and ribbons. It's great to get the kids to help clearing up and will help fill the time before Christmas lunch hits the table.



How do we play it?
Split into two teams, or three if there are a few of you. The ideal number to have in each team is three to four

  • Equally divide up all the left over wrapping paper, ribbons and packaging so that there’s a healthy pile for each team. You might want to top these up from extra Christmas decorations that you have lying around
  • Decide who’s going to be the Christmas tree in each team. Teams then have five minutes to turn their elected player into the best Christmas tree using the left over debris
  • Prizes awarded for creative use of materials as well as closeness to the real Christmas tree form.
  • For other ideas for children's games, activities and crafting fun you can buy a copy of Organised Fun for Kids by clicking here.

Pin the nose on Rudolf - Christmas Games

It's that time of year when the excitement of Christmas is beginning to ware off. The kids have played/broken their new toys and you're likely to be hearing the early sounds of boredom kicking in. Well if it's not too late, here are a couple of Christmas games to help ensure it's Christmas smiles all round.

First up is 'Pin the Nose on Rudolf'. This game is exactly the same as Pin the Tail on the Donkey' but using a different animal and part of the anatomy instead.

How do we play it?
  • Get yourself armed with an old piece of cardboard, some pens and paint, and get the kids drawing a big picture of a reindeer's head. The easiest way is to use your hands as the outline for the reindeer's antlers. Once this is all coloured in, stick it on the wall at the right height for the kids to use.
  • Next get the kids to make a large cardboard red Rudolf nose and stick some Blue Tac on the back.
  • Now you're ready to play. The first person to go is blindfolded, spun around three times and gently propelled towards the reindeer picture with the nose in their hand. They then have to try to stick the nose in the right place. Everyone takes it in turn to have a go and the person who gets the closest wins.
  • For other ideas for children's games, activities and crafting fun you can buy a copy of Organised Fun for Kids by clicking here.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

One-song-to-the-tune-of-another

It's recently occurred to me that Radio 4's Show 'Sorry I haven't Got a Clue' is in fact one long spectacular of Organised Fun. As such, I hope the team won't mind me sharing a couple of my favourites on this blog.

One-song-to-the-tune-of-another is one of the show's regular features and quite simply does what it says on the tin. This game is ideal to play on long car journies and will provide perfect in-car entertainment for those facing a long motorway stint this Christmas.

How do I play it?
The game quite simply involves players singing one song to the tune of another. Players take it in turns to challenge each other by giving them two songs to mash together. You might choose the words to Wham's 'Last Christmas' sung to the tune of 'Raindrops keep falling on my head'. Performances are then scored by the other contestants or the Chairman if there are enough of you in the car.

For many more ideas on how to organise yourself some fun, click here to buy your copy of Organised Fun, Organised Fun for Kids or Organised Fun for Grown-ups

Christmas Crafts: Sparkly Bread Baubles

This is a brilliant method to get your kids crafting some decorations for the Christmas tree using a few bits from around your kitchen.

What do we need
A loaf of sliced white bread, some paint on glue, glitter or tin foil, a pastry cutter, a straw and some string or ribbon to hang them up


How do we do it
First of all get yourself set up by cutting out some Christmas shapes using a pastry cutter. I only had a traditional circle one so was restricted to moons and pendant shapes, but the shops have loads of Christmas cutters on sale at this time of year. You also need to pierce a hanging hole at the top of your shape so you can hang them from the tree.

Once you've cut your shapes out you need to put them in a low oven (about 150 degrees centigrade) to dry them out. This should take no more than five minutes and you want to take them out before they start turning brown.

Finally it's the fun bit. Get the kids to cover the shapes with glue and then sprinkle on the glitter or stick on some screwed up balls of tin foil - finished!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Fun things to do with kids in the rain

If you've weathered yet another wet weekend cooped up inside with the kids, you're likely to be pretty nervous at the prospect of more soggy days to come. To prevent the storm clouds gathering at home, check out the rainy days Organised Fun column in the Times for ideas on how to keep your kids entertained