Christmas and New Year-Related Games

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go…♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

It’s that time of the year again, the time to do festive spirit activities and wish you very Happy Holidays.

Last year we played the White Elephant Gift Exchange (Dirty Santa) game. This year I’ve planned a different gift exchange – the Left Right Game.

This is a fun and simple game to play.

We will need gifts.

Fill in Christmas stockings. Get your students to think of a present they would like to get for this Christmas and fill in their Christmas stocking (see the Christmas Stocking templates designed by Tekhnologic).

Now put all the stockings together, show the gifts you have (or get them to tell which gifts they’d like to get and why), shuffle the stockings and get the students to pick one stocking.

We will need a story.

There are many versions of Pass-the-Present stories (Christmas with the Wright Family) (see, for example, here or here).

You can also adjust the story to make it more meaningful for your students or play Mad Libs to make the story even more fun.

How to play

Have everyone stand or sit in a circle. Tell the students that every time they hear the
word “RIGHT” they should pass their gift to the person on their right. And every time they hear the word “LEFT” they should pass their gift to the person on
their left. The gift each player is holding when the story ends is the gift they keep.

Now read the story: Left-Right Story

Try to read the story again, this time faster.

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Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy and healthy the whole year through.

Happy Holidays!


Other Resources:


Getting Into the Festive Spirit

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