Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together, appreciate each other’s company and get involved in some festive fun. Every family has different traditions; some spend the holidays out and about enjoying festivities and some prefer to take advantage of the downtime and have some peace and quiet in the comfort of their own home. Nevertheless, each family consists of differing ages, abilities and personalities, meaning it can be hard to keep everyone happy at one given time. Therefore, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and find some inclusive games and activities that family members of all abilities can enjoy whilst getting in the festive spirit. We have put together some ideas for you but remember you can always moderate the rules to accommodate all members!
Indoor snowball fight
For those who are dreaming of a white Christmas, spare yourself the cold weather and have an indoor snowball fight – with cotton wool balls! A much safer and inclusive version of a snowball fight all from the comfort and warmth of your own home.
Create your own ornaments
Have you ever made your own personalised bauble? It’s a much more sentimental Christmas ornament to keep for years on and a great activity for the children to do, keep them quiet as well as something to be proud of. Get yourself a set of plain baubles from a local shop, a little glue and glitter and you’re away!
Name the carol
Research some of the most popular Christmas carols and their lyrics, choose one single line from each song and write on a small piece of paper then place in a hat/bowl. The first participant should read the note aloud and the first person to guess the carol gets to pick out of the hat next.
A very traditional yet effective activity for everyone to enjoy during the season. Clear off some table space, get some Christmas music on in the background and gather the family to piece together the jigsaw. Bonus if it’s a Christmas themed puzzle!
Festive musical chairs
There’s nothing like Christmas music to get you in the festive spirit! Gather everyone and line up some flat objects on the floor, one less than the number of people. Each participant should circulate around the line and when the music stops, whoever isn’t situated on an object will be eliminated and so on.
For some more relaxing yet festive activities, why not try:
Hot chocolate decorating
Something simple yet fun for the kids. Stock up on some supplies from the shop such as mini marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate pieces, sprinkles and of course the essential hot chocolate powder. Get together in the kitchen, lay out all of the toppings and decorate your warm drink to your liking!
Watch Christmas movies
A classic tradition which never fails; gather everyone into the living room, spread out some festive snacks, get comfortable and watch a classic Christmas movie – one for all of the family to enjoy. Here’s some of our recommendations:
- Miracle on 34th Street
- A Christmas Carol
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- The Polar Express
- Home Alone
- The Santa Clause