12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Ages: 6 - 12

Gender: Male and/or Female

This scavenger hunt is lots of fun for kids and makes a great addition to your tree-trimming traditions. Combine this hunt with other Kids Christmas Party Games and you will have a great way to pass the time. 

 

The hunt is based on the popular Christmas carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” At the end of this indoor scavenger hunt, your child will have 12 new ornaments to hang on the tree!

 

Even nicer, you can double the fun and include notes in each ornament parcel that directs the child to a little gift hidden elsewhere in the house.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

When you shop for ornaments, select 12 ornaments that correspond to the characters in the 12 days of Christmas.  You can probably find a boxed set that includes all 12 characters.  Alternatively, you can make your own homemade ornaments on this theme, using decorative cookie-cutters or another craft form to create the 12 ornaments.

 

If you are hiding gifts for your child as well, write 12 little notes, each describing a different hiding place.  Examples of hiding places are given below.  Hiding places can be anywhere in the house except the living room, which is where the ornaments themselves will be hidden. 

 

Make a note of each hiding place, and make sure to place a little gift in each one.  You’ll find ideas for gifts below, but use your imagination to find the perfect gifts for your child or children.

 

Wrap each ornament in coloured tissue paper.  In each little parcel, include one of the notes.  Hide the 12 parcels throughout the living room.  Tuck them under cushions, behind picture frames, behind books and CDs on shelves, etc.  Be creative!

 

Next, wrap and hide the 12 corresponding gifts throughout the house, as specified in the little notes hidden with the ornaments. Wrapping doesn’t need to be elaborate—just bundle each gift in some tissue.

 

When you are finished wrapping and hiding ornaments and gifts, call the child in and tell them there are 12 ornaments hidden in the living room for them to discover.  When they have found all 12, they can open them and find the notes leading them to 12 little gifts.

 

After they have collected all their gifts, they can unwrap them as an early Christmas treat. Then they can decorate the tree with the new ornaments.

 

IDEAS FOR GIFTS

The gifts for this scavenger hunt don’t have to be elaborate.  Think of them as stocking stuffers.  Ideas include:

·      Small wrapped chocolates

·      Pocket games and puzzles

·      Christmas-themed socks or mittens

·      Wind-up toys

·      Stickers

·      Mini stuffed toys and dolls

·      Racing cars for boys

·      Hair ornaments for girls

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IDEAS FOR GIFT HIDING PLACES

·      In a boot or shoe near the door

·      In the cutlery drawer

·      In the crisper of the refrigerator

·      In the bathroom cabinet

·      Under a mattress

·      In an ornamental vase or box

·      In the pocket of a coat in the hallway

·      In the microwave

·      In the laundry hamper

·      In the washing machine and/or dryer

 

TIPS:

Print out a list of the 12 hiding places for the gifts so that you don’t forget them once the ornaments are wrapped and the notes hidden in the wrapping.

 

If you have more than one child, you can include two or more notes in each parcel indicating which child should look in which location to find their gift.

 

If the younger children need help finding the hiding places for the ornaments or their gifts, you can guide them by telling them when they’re getting “warmer” and when they’re getting “colder.”

 

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