Paper plate Christmas scene. Give each young person a paper plate. They put that on top of their head and use felt tips (but no sharing pens!) to draw a Christmas scene / snowman / Christmas trees / whatever you like. Anything recognisable wins a prize!
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After Eight game. Put an After Eight (other square, flat chocolates are available) in the middle of your forehead. Try and get it into your mouth without touching it. Hilarious.
Sprout and spoon race. You can work that one out but stay distanced! If you want to spice it up, make it more difficult by hopping or crawling. And if they drop it, they have to go back to the start. Hop till you drop!
Cookie decorating. But give everyone separate icing pens.
Christmas bingo charades. Give each person a bingo card with each box of the card having a Christmas-themed idea e.g. Santa getting stuck up the chimney, building a snowman, Queen's Christmas message, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, whatever you like. Every bingo card has to be different. As well as that, each young person starts with a card with a Christmas idea. Choose young people at random, or have them volunteer to act out their idea. When someone recognises it, they cross it off if they have it on their bingo card. Eventually, someone will be able to cross off everything on their card and shout, 'Bingo', hopefully!
Name that Christmas tune. Read out clues to different Christmas songs / carols e.g. We - Richard II, Lear and the Lion. The original idea was to have the first person to sing it win the round, but that's not Covid-compliant. You could just convert this into a quiz round.
Do let me know if you have a great idea for a Christmas game!
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Long-play Christmas idea
Do you want to build a snowman?
Have young people turn their cameras off, then give people five minutes (or longer) to build as good a snowman as possible in their background. You can screen share a timer to add to the pressure. Easier for those of us in colder places! The rest? People will have to use their initiative, employing other family members, animals, cuddly toys, etc. Explain before starting how you will score it - most realistic, best dressed, looking most like one of your leaders, etc.
You can also use the Paper Plate Christmas Scene and Name that Christmas Tune ideas here. Bonus - you can let people sing their answer!
The Santa Hat Game
Everyone wears a hat throughout the Zoom. This is a rolling game. Tell the group that one of them is the Secret Santa. At some point Santa is going to take their hat off. When she does that, everyone has to take their hat off. Last one with a hat on loses. Send someone a private Chat message (as always, consider your safeguarding guidelines) that they are "Secret Santa". Let the fun begin!
Let me know if you have a great (average will do!) online idea for Christmas...
Designed by Tim Robbins, Dave Thornton, Hannah Elphick and A Little Elf.
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Christmas Leader Board
Quizzical Santas (Bournemouth & Winchester)
The Trumps (Emsworth & Bournemouth)
Big Brain Time (Central Baptist, Chelmsford)
Santa's Elves (Winchester)
River Glen Youth Group (Naperville, Illinois, USA)
Toast (Central Baptist, Chelmsford)
Jonathan and Theodore (Jersey)
"Thanks, loads of fun and easy to do over Zoom!"