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12 Days of Christmas gift drop off

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A Christmas tradition where you choose a family and secretly drop off a gift at their house for the 12 days before Christmas. It’s a lot of fun for families and a good way to bring the spirit of giving and into your family and Christmas season. Free printable gift tags included.

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Draw your dream house

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This is more of an activity than a game. You just draw your dream house, usually as fun and complex as you can imagine. We’re talking home theaters, indoor swimming pools, pet manatees…just draw the dream home you always wanted! A great activity for kids and for encouraging imagination.

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Steamroller

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A little-kid game, best when played with a big brother, sister, or adult. One of those simple wrestling games you love so much as a kid.

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Monkey on the ground

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Monkey on the ground is a great game to play at recess. It’s kind of like Marco Polo, but on a playground instead of in a pool. I used to play it almost every day at recess in fourth grade. Ahh, good times.

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Hide and seek

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Next to tag, hide and seek is probably one of the most basic kid games out there. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is easily adaptable for lots of ages and playing areas.

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Kick the can

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Kick the can is a way fun outdoor game; it’s like a cross between tag and hide and seek, with a twist. It’s perfect to play in a neighborhood or in the front and back yards of a house.

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Marshmallow toss

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A game invented by my very own mother for our family nights when I was growing up. It’s a simple tossing game (kind of like a bean bag toss) you can set up with things you have around the house (marshmallows, muffin tins, you know).

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Hot or cold

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A really simple hide-and-seek type game. It’s a good kind of quiet, not-too-disruptive game for little kids involving hiding an object and giving clues to help players find it.

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Newspaper

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Here’s a fun game group you can use as a get-to-know-you game, or just to play with friends or family. Involves speed, memory, and usually laughter. It works well for lots of age groups, too.

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Line tag

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Line tag is an easy variation of tag you can play on a basketball or volleyball court (or preferably those basketball-and-volleyball-courts-in-one). Perfect for small kids and perfect for killing time. I have fond memories of playing it at my church building when I was a kid…

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