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12 Days of Christmas

Note: It is great to have a live band for this game, but it is not completely necessary. A CD and CD player will work.

We told the audience to huddle together in 12 different groups. The groups can be of any size, as long as they are relatively the same size. Each group is assigned one gift from the song. For instance, a partridge in a pear tree, 9 lords a leaping, etc. As we played and sang the song “12 days of Christmas” the kids in each group had to act out what was sung in that verse as the leader pointed to them. The group needs to come up with their own actions or routines, etc. The game lasts as long as the music does, of course.

You may want to give a prize to the group that comes up with the funniest, best, most original gesture for the “gift” that they are assigned.

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   Sherri Day         12/15/2017 3:42:23 PM

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   Jim Weir         12/10/2016 10:57:13 PM

I've used this game for years as part of a Christmas game night. The key is to use "Twelve Days of Christmas" by Relient's really fast and upbeat. I give each group a sheet of paper with their day of Christmas and give them a minute or two to come up with a plan of how they are going to act it out. Everyone sits in seats and they jump up during their day of goes really fast. Give an award to the one group who goes above and beyond acting out their "day of Christmas"

   Terry Wilson         12/2/2015 12:00:51 PM

12 days of Christmas

   Dot         12/3/2014 8:13:47 PM

12 days of Christmas

   julian b santos jr         12/4/2011 4:21:55 AM

i like it. Good for the teenage

   Jesse         6/20/2011 11:15:24 AM

Have had this game work great and other times completely flop. You need great adults to get involved and get students into it!


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