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January 24, 2017

3 Fun and Easy Games for a Winter Themed Party

Before the holidays, my son's class mom needed volunteers for the class winter party.  She sent an email request out on a Monday for the party that Friday.  Like everyone, I was busy with all my last minute Christmas running around so I finally responded on Wednesday with a quick, "If you need any extra help with the party, I am available on Friday."

Immediately, I got an email back saying something like, "Great, we have someone doing a craft but you can run the games!"

Yes, run the games.  Apparently, I was the only other person who offered, so here I was scurrying around on Wednesday trying to think of ideas for a party on Friday morning.  Yes, I still had Christmas gifts to buy and wrap but I had to remember that this could be the last class party I get to be involved in with middle school rapidly approaching.

It can be hard to come up with a good theme for a winter party that's not too Christmas-oriented but I figured a snow man theme would work.  I asked my kids for a few suggestions, scanned through Pinterest for some ideas and came up with these 3 easy games that could keep a bunch of 5th graders entertained.  In fact, these games would be a hit in a school or home party!

1.  The Marshmallow-Toothpick Challenge

Marshmallow Toothpick Challenge - A fun game for a winter themed party
My seventh grader gave me this idea and it was a huge hit with the kids.  We filled a cup with mini marshmallows and gave each child a stack of toothpicks.  The object of the game was to build the tallest structure just using marshmallows and toothpicks in a 5 minute time period.

Marshmallow Toothpick structure for a winter themed party game
The kids got pretty creative with the way they built the structures.  The only requirement was that it had to stand alone without support.  I think the winner ended up being 9 inches tall.  So much fun.  Of course, they wanted to eat them all in the end but we had to throw them out.  We are not allowed to bring in food for school parties...I know, just ridiculous.  They had fun with it anyway!

2.  The Snowman Building Contest

Snowman supplies to build a toilet paper snowman
Do you want to build a snowman?  Well, the kids definitely did and they had a blast!  I bought some cheap plastic hats for around 49 cents a piece and filled them with snowman building supplies.  I used colored paper cut into shapes for buttons, eyes and noses.  I supplied them with red streamers which could be used for the scarf and of course, we had tape and toilet paper.

Toilet paper snowman - 1 of 3 fun and easy winter party games
We broke the kids into groups and gave them 5 minutes to wrap up one of the group members in toilet paper to "build" their snowman .  Instead of choosing a winner, we just had all the snowman or snow-people stand in front of the class for a picture at the end.  They had so much fun throwing the toilet paper around and making a mess in the classroom.  It's not like they get the chance to do much of that in school!

And speaking of things they are not able to do in school...

3.  The Bottle Flipping Contest

Melted snowman water bottles for bottle flipping

If you don't have a tween or teen, you might not be aware of the bottle-flipping craze.  Basically, the kids take a water bottle, empty it about halfway or so and then try to flip it so it lands upright.  Yes, that's it.  For some reason, they are all obsessed with this and want to do it constantly!  It really can be quite annoying to hear that flipping sound over and over!  My plan was to have a contest to see who could get the most successful flips.

I think we all have a love-hate relationship with bottle flipping.  Actually, most of us parents probably hate it!  I actually don't mind it too much.  It may be annoying but it keeps my son away from screens and I am all for that!  

Since I know teachers find bottle flipping SO annoying, I had asked the class mom to check if we could do it for the party.  She told me she emailed the teacher beforehand and didn't hear back so she assumed it wasn't a problem.

Ha - you should have seen the teacher's face when I announced what the bottles were for!  Apparently, she never saw the email!  But through a forced smile, she said it would be fine to do as our last game.  I felt like the "bad kid" but oh's fun to shake things up sometimes!  Plus, I made cute little "Melted Snowman" labels for the bottles to go with our theme.  I couldn't let them go to waste!  

Unfortunately, the craft (which also happened to have a snow man theme), took longer than expected so we didn't have as much time as we had hoped to do all the games.  The Bottle Flipping Contest never happened!  I am sure my son's teacher was thrilled.  I ended up leaving the bottles so each child could take one home.  Oh well, I tried!  

The kids seemed to have a fabulous time at the party and all the games were a success...and would have been even better if they could have flipped those bottles!  I am sure they flipped them when they got home though.  A big sorry to all the parents who had to deal with them!

I hope these ideas were helpful if you are throwing your own winter-themed party.  If you are looking for other party ideas for this age group, you might want to also consider A Lego Themed Party!  That can be fun any time of the year!

What are your ideas for a winter party?

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  1. I have never heard of bottle flipping - sounds like fun. Not quite as much fun as beer pong, tho! Have a great week, Shelley!

  2. Shelley, you had me chuckling along with this post. Your games were fantastic and *almost* make me wish my class mom days weren't behind me. Great ideas! I have to admit the bottle flipping DRIVES.ME.CRAZY!!! Our house needed to become a no bottle flipping zone and yet I am still surrounded by bottle flipping. And I don't think you need to feel bad about sending home the bottles because these kids will find bottles (as well as anything similar to a bottle) to flip wherever they go. Have a great week. Hopefully this rain will clear out soon.

  3. Ok, guess I should be glad that craze came around after my room parent/team mom days!! LOL

  4. Oh, the bottle flipping! I can imagine it must drive the teachers nuts. I love how you volunteer to help and then ended up running the games. That happened to me at a junior school-wide party. I showed up to "help," thinking I would be serving snacks or something. They handed me a mike in the gym and told me I was running the hula hoop contest. It was not my favorite volunteer opportunity!!

  5. So many great ideas! I love the snowman! Happy Wednesday ~

  6. Bottle flipping is new to me, but I love the idea with the marshmallows. Sounds like you were a big hit!

  7. You are seriously the best mom ever. :)

    The snowman idea is so cute!

    Happy day friend!

  8. love these ideas very cool inside games. Perfect for birthdays, showers or any other family get together
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  9. Love this ideas and since is snowing tomorrow it gave me a few ideas on how to keep my boys entertained. Thank you! #FunstasticFriday


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