Whatever the weather this Christmas, you’ll find an activity here to suit your child. Wrap up warm and go out for a winter scavenger hunt, or stay inside and play party games with our range of festive activity ideas.
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Christmas memory tray game
Your child will love this Christmas version of the popular memory tray game. Find a selection of Christmas objects – for example, a bauble, a mince pie, a small parcel, a satsuma – and arrange them on a tray. Keep the tray covered with a tea-towel or a piece of wrapping paper until you are ready to play the game. Vary the number of objects according to the age of your child. Uncover the tray and give your child a minute to memorise the contents of the tray, then cover it up again. Take the tray away and remove one object. Bring the tray back and ask the child to write down the object that is missing. You could turn this into a competition – perhaps the winner can eat the mince pie!
Go for a winter scavenger hunt
We all know that sluggish feeling in the Christmas holidays when you have been in the house for days and have eaten one too many mince pies! This winter scavenger hunt is a great way to get everyone outside burning some energy. Give your child or children a bag and a list of things to collect. If you are in the woods, this could be a pine cone, a conker, a twig, a feather, a leaf, a stone. If you are at the beach, they could search for a shell, a piece of seaweed, a stone. Alternatively, you could just have a challenge to see who can find the most of a certain item – pine cones, shells, stones. Another idea is that you could give your child or children a bag each and challenge them to see what treasures they can find.
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