Do you need a quick and easy kids’ Christmas game that incorporates movement and learning in a festive way? Try out this “12 Days of Christmas Game” which is sure to be a hit at school, home, and holiday parties!
The concept of the game is very simple…. Jump your feet to the corresponding number when you hear it in the “12 Days of Christmas” song. There are lots of numbers mentioned in the song, so its a challenge to jump to each number as its sang. Finding the numbers will help to reinforce number recognition (which is an early math skill). The game can be modified by adjusting the distances between the numbers and the speed of the song (there are lots of different speed variations of this song) so that kids of all ages can enjoy it!
Watch this short video on how to play:
The “12 Days of Christmas” song
12 Index Cards
How to Play:
Tape down 12 index cards approximately 2 feet apart from each other (adjust closer or further away depending on the age/skills of your child)
Label each note card with a number beginning at 1 and ending at 12
Have the kids start with their feet on card #1
Play the “12 Days of Christmas” song and instruct the child to jump to the corresponding number once its said in the song.
The kids will jump forwards and backwards as the song counts up to 12 and back down again
Benefits of this Game
Develops number recognition (early math skills)
Develops gross motor skills (hopping on 2 feet)
Develops body coordination
Develops visual motor skills
Facilitates fun and laughter!!
Give your kids the gift of spending quality time together by playing this fun and festive “12 Days of Christmas Game”!