I love doing the holiday party games for the kids’ classes. One of my favorite Christmas games is Unwrap the Gift Relay Race.
This year I have two in school, so for Christmas, I signed up to do games for my kindergartner and treats for the my 3rd grader. Turns out the kindergarten teacher has a fun activity planned and I will not be able to do games.
When my kindergartner had a his birthday last week, I asked if I could play a game before they had their treats.
This game works great for all grades and ages. Who doesn’t love ripping open a present! I have done this Unwrap the Gift Relay Race almost every year my oldest has been in school.
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- 1 box per student →I used lingerie sized boxes that I bought at Hobby Lobby. You could also use recycled cereal and cracker boxes.
- Wrapping paper → I use whatever I have leftover.
- Small toy or piece of candy (optional) → I have never added anything to the boxes, but others have suggested it. My 3rd grader’s class as a whole is fairly competitive, so they were always satisfied with the race and trying to beat the other team.
1. Wrap all the boxes ahead of time.
2. Divide the students into 2-3 teams (due to the smaller class size and the limited space in the classrooms, we always do 2 teams).
3. Stack the boxes into 2-3 piles (equal to the number of teams you have).
4. Line up the teams in front of their stack of boxes. You could place a piece of tape on the ground and ask the kids to stand behind the line.
5. When you say go, the first member from each team will race (if you are in a classroom, you might want to say walk) to their stack of gifts, take the gift on top of the stack, and ripe off all the wrapping paper.
6. They will place the unwrapped gift on the floor, race back to their team and tag the next person. Go through the entire line until each person has a turn.
7. The team to get all the gifts unwrapped first wins.
You also might like this game for your holiday parties: Santa Says Game.