The festive holidays can be the one and only time of year that the whole family manages to come together under the same roof.
And if you’re hosting everyone, from kids to grandparents, it’s good to have ideas on how to keep them entertained, as they munch on their mince pies and catch up on each other’s news.
While we all love that old staple Charades, here are just a few different ideas for fun family activities to bring everyone together.
Likes and Dislikes
This is one of the best family games for getting to know new in-laws or extended family.
Give everyone index cards, and ask them to write five of their likes and five of their dislikes. Collect them, and mix them all up.
As you sit around the table to share a family meal, get someone to read out the cards one by one, and ask everyone to guess which of their relatives wrote that card.
This can lead to discussion and shared memories, as Uncle Geoff recalls the time he discovered he really didn’t like line-dancing at a family wedding, or when cousin Linda first developed a passion for Italian food and ate nothing but pasta for a month.
Team up into groups of at least three. Each team is given a roll of toilet paper, and about a minute to wrap one of their team-mates up into a Mummy. The team which manages to use all of its roll of toilet paper wins one prize, while another is given to the team which produces the most creative-looking Mummy (maybe nominate a judge, who has the final say on this, before starting the game).
If you’re looking for indoor activities for kids, to keep them laughing, this is always a winner.
I Have Never
Sit around the table and give everyone 20 sweets. Taking it in turns, each person has to make a statement like “I have never met a celebrity” or “I have never tasted pineapple”.
Everyone who has done that thing gets to eat one of their sweets.
Depending on the age of the participants, you can be as controversial as you like. This is one of those family activities ideas which can be adapted to suit.
The person to finish their sweets first wins the game.
This is great fun if everyone is fit and limber.
Person one wiggles their hips.
Person two wiggles their hips and adds some jazz hands
Person three wiggles their hips, jazz hands and twirls around
You get the picture. Keep going around the room. When someone forgets one of the steps, they are out of the game. Last one standing who has remembered all the moves is the winner.
This is one of those indoor family activities which requires a lot of space – so don’t do it if you’re all crammed into a small living room.
Tower of Flour
As family holiday games go, this one is great fun for kids – like bobbing for apples.
Fill a pudding bowl with flour and turn it upside down on a plate – like building a sandcastle. Place a Jelly Baby or similar sweet on top of the mound.
Players take it in turns to cut a slice from the mound without disturbing the Jelly Baby.
The one who makes the flour collapse must put their hands behind their back, and pick up the sweet with their mouth (resulting in a very floury face).
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for Christmas entertainment. If you need a rest from all this activity, why not take a look at the best Christmas family films to snuggle down in front of?