Forgive me for interrupting the Halloween and Fall posts with a little Christmas fun to share with you all. Last week, I bought supplies for a fun Christmas Game and the kids couldn’t wait to play it. Everyone- kids, teens and adults had a blast trying to Guess the Christmas Smells. Come on in and I’ll share how we Played Guess that Smell Christmas Game for the Whole Family to Play!
Guess That Smell – Christmas Game for the Whole Family
My kids have asked to play this over and over. This is a really simple game to pull together. It’s so much fun to watch everyone try and guess what the item inside the jar reminds them of.
I even threw in a bonus one that made everyone gag! Who knew Nutmeg was such a strong scent? Oopsies! Not one person guessed nutmeg. Since eggnog is A) liquid and B) not in stores – I opted for nutmeg as a substitute. If you want a good laugh, you should use nutmeg too!
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Here’s What You’ll Need for Guess that Smell Christmas Game for the Whole Family to Play!
- Jars with lids or any other container that will keep the smell well contained until the player is ready to smell it – *I found my silicone jar lids at Menards that pull right off. They are perfect for this game. I’ll include an Amazon link below
- *Alternative Idea for Jars – Here’s a Great Idea from a reader as jar alternative! Use disposable coffee cups with lids! They are perfect for concealing the item and they have a tiny opening for smelling
- Santa hat for a blindfold – optional
- Christmas items that give off the scent of Christmas (Ideas to follow)
- Plenty of Paper and Pens to keep track of guesses
Side Notes to ingredients…
- *My jars are see-through for the photograph. To prevent cheating (it happens)…You’ll probably want to conceal your items in a non-see through jar or container
- *If you plan on dividing into teams, then get double of everything
Ideas for Christmas Smelling Items:
- Pine Needles
- Peppermint Candy
- Cotton balls soaked with vanilla extract
- Cotton balls soaked with almond extract – that might be specific to our Christmas Cookies. Almond always reminds us of Christmas. I’ll link the recipe to the yummiest Sugar Cookies Ever, below
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Hot Chocolate Powder
- Extracts and oils – soak cotton balls with the scent and place in jar. Seal with lid
- Nutmeg – hee! hee!
- What reminds you of Christmas?
- It would be fun to throw in something stinky – like the a smell version of the jelly bean game – bean boozled. What stinks at Christmas? Hmm…
- Smelly sock – everyone has that relative
- Any other ideas? Leave us a comment below and I’ll update the game ASAP
Tips and Tricks for this Christmas game…
Updated Smelling ideas and Jar Ideas from readers…
- charred wood for a crackling fire
- tobacco and beer – if you have a cousin Eddy in the family
- Sage for turkey
- Cotton ball soaked in egg nog
- spiced gum drops
- Container Ideas:
- one reader used 35 mm – film cases to hide objects
- disposable coffee cups – they already have a hole on top that closes to keep the smell fresh
- Variation for younger players
- you can turn this game into a language activity like one reader did with her young children – talk about the smells, what it reminds them of and if they like the smell
Here is a quick video on my kids playing the game. Last weekend, I asked some of my kids to play the game with me for a quick video. They happily obliged. Sorry in advance for my obnoxiously loud laughter. Here you go…
Here’s a quick video on how I set up our Guess That Smell Game Containers…
- Place each item you want for your containers into your container and seal it shut
Our Family Version:
- I set up the jars at the table and only let one person at a time come into the room to guess *The reason for that was that I didn’t want the person guessing to persuade the next person in any way. I wanted original guesses.
- I handed the first contestant each jar and recorded what they guessed
- The kids that already guessed loved watching on…as a new person was trying to guess. They got to hand the jar to the new
You can decide on how you want to award points and how strict you’ll be about the guesses. I’m a complete push over and say “Yes” to just about any variation of the smell. Here’s what I did…
- I gave them a point if they told me what the scent reminded them of from Christmas (as long as they weren’t way off)
- I gave them a bonus point if they could guess the exact contents in the jar
- Of course, I let them all eat the peppermints after we were done!
- *It is also fun to have everyone in one room at the same time. If the objects are hidden in the jars or container, then let the contestants write their answer down and pass the jars around until everyone has a turn sniffing and guessing – Then let the contestants tell you their guesses out loud. See who came the closest or even nailed it.
Team Play Idea:
- One idea is to have enough chairs at the table for the whole team or 2 teams to sit at once
- Tape paper around the jars to conceal the contents. Just to be sure, you can give the players eye masks or bandannas to cover their eyes
- For added pressure, you can time this game. Give the players a certain amount of time to smell and guess all of the scents
- Tell the players that they should smell the contents of the jar and write down what Christmas Scent it represents – example: pine needles=Christmas Tree Extract=Cookies
- If they guess the exact contents of the jar, they get a bonus point
- If they didn’t know exactly what was in the jar, I gave them a point for telling me the Christmas scent it represents
- If they knew exactly what was in the jar, I gave them a bonus point
- Have the players grab a jar, guess and then pass each jar down the line
- Have them write their guesses down on a piece of paper you provided them
- After the end of the game, have the players share their guesses and see which team scored the most points
- You could have a scent station where kids guesses the items inside several jars
Here’s the Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe I promised – click here