North Pole Olympics: Family Holiday Games That Promote Movement

Dec 3, 2023 | Articles, Educational Games and Activities, Just For Parents

North Pole Olympics: Family Holiday Games to Keep You Moving

As the holiday season approaches, it’s easy for families to get caught up in the whirlwind of festive decorations, delicious treats, and cozy gatherings. However, amidst the joyous celebrations, it’s crucial to ensure that your little ones stay active and engaged. The winter months often bring colder weather and a temptation to hibernate indoors, but maintaining your children’s physical activity levels can contribute significantly to their overall well-being (and to yours as well!).

In this blog post, we’ll share some delightful solutions – active family games. These not only provide an opportunity for exercise, but also foster a sense of togetherness, laughter, and shared memories. Let’s discover how making physical activity a priority can contribute to a healthier and happier holiday season for the entire family. Now, on to the games!

Elf Touchdowns

Get ready for some holiday hilarity with the wackiest game this season – “Elf Touchdown”! Imagine combining the finesse of football with the charm of elves, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for festive fun. To dive into the game, gather your family and friends, and form pairs. Each team consists of a “hiker” and a “catcher.” The hiker’s mission? To delicately hike an elf – yes, you read that right – through their legs like a pigskin quarterback on a mission. The catch? The catcher stands ready, sporting a basket secured around their waist (holiday style, of course), prepared to snag that airborne elf for the ultimate touchdown celebration.

As the whistle blows – or perhaps a jingle bell chime for a more spirited touch – the game kicks off! Hikers, channel your inner elf-launching quarterback as you send those pint-sized players soaring through the air. Catchers, be on high alert and get ready to show off your basket-catching prowess! It’s a hilarious sight that’ll have everyone in stitches as elves fly, baskets bob, and holiday cheer abounds. “Elf Touchdown” isn’t just a game; it’s a festive fusion of football, laughter, and a dash of North Pole magic, creating memories that’ll last well beyond the holiday season. So, lace up your imaginary elf cleats, and let the touchdown extravaganza begin!

Antler Relay

Welcome to the North Pole Olympics – where reindeer games meet a balloon-filled spectacle in the delightful “Antler Relay”! Picture this: you and your fellow competitors transforming into Santa’s sleigh-pulling team as you navigate a relay race with a whimsical twist. Place a balloon between your legs, channeling your inner reindeer, and waddle your way through the course like a festive athlete on a mission to deliver holiday cheer. The challenge? Pass one balloon at a time to your teammate, who artfully weaves them into pantyhose to craft the most majestic set of reindeer antlers ever seen. It’s a race against time, laughter echoing through the air, as you strive to complete your antler ensemble and claim victory in the jolliest relay race of the season!

The “Antler Relay” is not just a game; it’s a hilarious journey through a winter wonderland that’ll have your cheeks rosy from laughter. Balloons bouncing, pantyhose stretching, and antlers wobbling – it’s a sight to behold. This spirited competition is not only a test of speed but a celebration of teamwork and creativity. So, gather your reindeer squad, put on your game faces (and antlers), and get ready for a race that’ll leave you breathless with laughter and filled with the joy of the season!

Snowball Scoop

Get ready to embrace the winter whimsy with the uproarious game of “Snowball Scoop” – where blindfolded players armed with spatulas turn a table full of cotton balls into a blizzard of laughter! The rules are as simple as a snowflake’s descent: participants don a blindfold, transforming them into snowball-chasing snow warriors. Equipped with a trusty spatula, their mission is to scoop up as many “snowballs” (aka cotton balls) as humanly possible within the frosty confines of one minute. It’s a flurry of fun, as players twirl, giggle, and wildly swipe at the invisible snowstorm, aiming to create the most fantastic blizzard-inspired masterpiece.

So, tie those blindfolds, grab your spatulas, and let the “Snowball” showdown commence – may the most spirited snow warrior win!

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