Catch The Snowflake Christmas Gift Hunt Game

Pop the balloon and find the matching number to discover the Christmas gift game. This game is fun for a kid’s Christmas party, a holiday classroom party, or any occasion. It’s simple to put together and fun to play.

Christmas gift hunt game
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Christmas Game for Kids to Play

Christmas games are always so much fun to play with the family. We love gathering around and playing Christmas games like Christmas Minute to Win It Games, Guess that Smell Christmas Game, and Santa Limbo – A fun Christmas Party Game.

This fun Christmas Gift Hunt game would be a fun game for a big group of kids to play. I remember how much fun it was to try and pop a balloon as a kid. We would sit on them, wiggle around, bounce up and down trying to get that balloon to pop. I remember having to pop them quickly in relay games, too. Balloons always add another level of excitement to games and parties.

What You’ll Love about this Christmas Party Game for Kids

  • It’s perfect for a school party
  • Little kids will love this Christmas game and so will older kids

Supplies You’ll Need

  • White Balloons to represent snowflakes
  • Card stock and a marker – You can use regular white printer paper as a substitute
  • A paper gift bag filled with inexpensive presents for each child with “NO NAME” on the present – Presents should be similar with no personalization
  • A big bag, like an extra-large garbage bag, to stuff all of the white balloons into. You can find extra-large garbage bags at most hardware stores.

How to Set the Game Up

  • You’ll need to cut the card stock into 1″x2″ rectangles – basically small enough to fold up and stick into a balloon but large enough to write a number on
  • Add numbers to each piece of paper – counting up as you go – making sure each child attending the party will have a different number.
making Christmas gift hunt game
  • Fold the individually numbered papers and place each folded number inside a different deflated balloon.
  • Blow the balloon up and tie them shut. The numbered paper should now be inside the balloon.
making Christmas gift hunt game
  • Number the gift bags by counting and ending at the same number you did for the numbered pieces of paper.
  • Stuff a large bag with all of your balloons
  • Hide the numbered gifts around the party room

Playing the Christmas Game

Distribute the balloons to the kids

  • There are several ways to distribute the balloons, but I’ll start with this (the most orderly—for a school party). More ideas can be found below.
  • Grab the bag of balloons and ask the kids to sit in a circle with you in a chair among them.
  • Tell the kids as the bag comes to them, they should take out a “snowflake” – balloon, and hold it in their lap until everyone has a balloon.
  • When everyone has a balloon, the kids can pop their balloons by putting them underneath them and wiggling or bouncing on them to get their paper inside. This should be fun to watch
  • Once everyone has their paper, have them look at the number and hold onto it.
  • When everyone has their number, the kids can go on a gift hunt to find the present that matches the number on their paper.
  • Once they get their matching number gift, they can open it.

Other ways to distribute the balloons

  • If it’s at your home or private area that happens to have a balcony – let the kids stand under the balcony to catch a snowflake as you drop them down. Then, follow the steps above.
  • If Santa is at the party, let Santa distribute the balloons by calling each child by name and handing them a balloon to pop
  • Ask some adults to help toss balloons into the air for kids to catch one

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Variation

Write a clue on the paper that you place inside the balloon. This clue should lead them to a place that has another clue written down.

Add more clues and places to find ending at a spot that has gift bags for the kids.

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    Catch The Snowflake Gift Hunt Christmas Game

    A fun Christmas game for kids to play at a Christmas party
    Prep Time30 minutes
    Active Time15 minutes
    Total Time45 minutes
    Yield: 1 game
    Author: Melissa Haines
    Cost: $15

    Materials

    • White Balloons to represent snowflakes
    • Card stock and a marker You can use printer paper as a substitute
    • A paper gift bag filled with inexpensive presents for each child with "NO NAME" on the presents
    • A big bag like an extra large garbage bag to stuff all of the white balloons into You can find extra large garbage bags at most hardware stores

    Instructions

    • You'll need to cut the card stock into 1"x2" rectangles – basically small enough to fold up, and stick into a balloon, but large enough to write a number on
    • Add numbers to each piece of paper – counting up as you go – making sure each child attending the party will have a different number.
    • Fold the individual numbered papers, and place each folded number inside a different deflated balloon.
    • Blow the balloon up and tie them shut. The numbered paper should now be inside the balloon.
    • Number the gift bags by counting and ending at the same number you did for the numbered pieces of paper
    • Stuff a large bag with all of your balloons
    • Hide the numbered gifts around the party room

    Playing the Game

    • There are several ways to distribute the balloons, but I'll start with this (most orderly – for a school party). More ideas can be found below
    • Grab the bag of balloons and ask the kids to sit in a circle with you in a chair among them
    • Pass the bag to the kids. Tell the kids as the bag comes to them, they should take out a "snowflake" – balloon, and hold it in their lap until everyone has a balloon
    • When everyone has a balloon, let them know that they will need to pop the balloon to find the hidden paper inside.
    • The kids can pop their balloons by putting them underneath them and wiggling or bouncing on them to get their paper inside. This should be fun to watch
    • Once everyone has their paper, have them look at the number and hold onto it
    • When everyone has their number, the kids can go on a gift hunt to find the present that matches the number on their paper and open it up to see the fun prizes inside!

    Other Ideas for Distributing Balloons

    • If it's at your home or private area that happens to have a balcony – let the kids stand under the balcony to catch a snowflake as you drop them down. Then, follow the steps above.
    • If Santa is at the party, let Santa distribute the balloons by calling each child by name and handing them their balloon
    • Ask some adults to help toss balloons into the air for kids to catch one

    Scavenger Hunt Variation

    • Write a clue on the paper that you place inside the balloon. This clue should lead them to a place that has another clue written down.
    • Add more clues and places to find ending at a spot that has gift bags for the kids to find and open

    Notes

    This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. See my disclosure policy to read more. Adult supervision is required for each step of activities, recipes, crafts, and games with children. Small parts are a choking hazard. Sharp objects can cause injury.

    ~Melissa – Providing kid-friendly crafts, recipes, fun foods, party ideas, and fun things for the whole family 

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