“ No more presents to open - how do you entertain yourselves? Describe you favourite games to play on Christmas day „
I work in an after school club and during the last week of term before Christmas we have a party each day. This is because we have different children on different days of the week, so everybody gets to have a party day. There is lots of food and pop and then lots of party games, by Christmas day i feel all partied out. We have to make sure that we have lots of different games to play so that the children do not get bored. Here are some of the games that we like to play. Hot Potato All the children stand in a circle and we have a cuddly toy christmas tree, this is the hot potato, we do not use a real one! The children must then pass it around the circle as fast as they can passing to the person next to them in the circle. They have to pretend it is hot and so the faster they pass the better. If someone drops it they must run round the circle and back to their space before the potato gets back to them. If they fail to do this they are out and must sit to the side. This carries on until there are two children left. The first person to drop the potato is the loser. Balloon game Every child has a blown up balloon which is tied loosely to their ankles, it has to be tight enough to stay on but not too tight that it will dig in to them. When everyone has their balloon tied on the game can start. You need quite a bit of space for this as the cildren run round the room trying to pop each others balloons. When a balloon is popped that child must sit down. The winner is the last child to have their balloon popped. Musical chairs Chairs are lined up next to each other they must face alternate ways to the chair next to it. To start with make sure that yo have one chair for each child. When the music starts the children must dance around the chairs, a chair is taken away, the must keep going until the music stops. When the music has stopped the children must sit down on a chair, they are not allowed to go back they have to carry on going forward until they find a chair. One child will be left with out a chair and so are out. Each time a chair is taken away and the game carries on until there are just two children and one chair left. The winner is the child who sits on the chair when the music has stopped. Musical bumps The children all stand in a space and wait for the music to start, they just dance around and wait for the music to stop. When the music has stopped everyone must sit down on the floor as fast as they can. The last person to sit down is out. The game continues in the same way until you are down to two children andthen the person to sit down first is the winner. The paper game This game is very similar to musical chairs but instead of putting chairs out, a piece of paper per person is placed on the floor. The childrn dance around these, each time the music is stopped a child is out and a piece of paper is taken away. The winner is the child to stand on the last piece of paper. Colour game Pick out four different coloured pieces of paper and place one in each of the four corners of the room. An adult leaves the room and the children has to dance around the room. When the music stops the children must decide which colour corner they want to stand in, they must stay there. The person who went out of the room then shouts out a colour eg red, the children who have stood in the corner by the red piece of paper are out and must go out of the room. This continues until you have a winner, the winner is the last child who is stood in the corner that doesn't get the colour called out. Hide the lolly sticks Each child has a lolly stick and they give this to the adult. All children must leave the room with another adult and the sticks are then hidden all around the room. Te children must come in and find one stick each, each time one stick is taken away which means one child will be out each time. The winner is the child to find the last lolly stick. Musical statues Each child stands in a space and waits for the music to start. They must all dance around and wait for the music to stop, when it stops the children must stand still like statues. Each time the adults look for children that are moving, they are out and must sit down at the side. The game continues until you are left with two children, the winner is the person who doesn't move at all. Pass the parcel In this game everyone sits in a circle and a parcel is passed around the circle to the music. When the music has stopped the child holding the parcel at the time takes off one layer, this continues until the last layer is taken off to reveal a prize. Duck, duck, goose All the children must sit in a circle and one child is choosen to be 'it'. That person then walks around the circle tapping the childrens heads saying duck, when they decide who they would like to chase them they say goose and start running round the circle back to the space where the other child was sat. If they say goose that child must get up and chase the other child. This child is then 'it' and then does the same but picks a different child to chase them. Wink murder All the children sit in a circle, one child is picked to be the detecive, they must leave the room and a murderer is chosen. The detective comes back into the room and stands in the circle. The murderer must then wink at the other children sat in the circle without the detective seeing. The children who are winked at must then lay down and play dead. The detective has to workmout who the murderer is before everybody is winked at. The chocolate game The children sit in a line and take it in turns to roll the dice, they must try to roll a six. If they do they have to run up to the table and put on the dressing up clothes set out, once they have done this they are able to start cutting the chocolate bar with the plastic knife and fork. The can put one piece of chocolate in their mouths at one time and are not allowed to use their hands. Whilst this is going on the other children are still rolling the dice, if another child rolls a six they must then get the clothes of the other child and try to get some chocolate. They don't always get to the chocolate as somebody else could roll a six. This continues until all the chocolate has been eaten. Clean forks and knives are given to each child for hygiene reasons. We also have dancing competitions for the best dancer or for the best girl/boy dancer. These are just a few of the games that we play but these always seem to be the childrens favourite that they continuously ask to play.
~Introduction~ This is now my second review of a card game in a week, but I do have an awful lot of free time to waste playing games at school. As I said in my previous review, I am very keen on card games and I find them immensely enjoyable and they are sometimes a great occasion, coupled with a fun but sometimes serious atmosphere. I hope that from reading this review, you will be able to understand the rules of the game and in the context that it is, and also should, be played. ~Overview~ The name of this game is go fish, not to be confused with the highly popular activity of angling. Oh and by the way fishing is not a sport, its a pastime! Anyway, back to the game. The ideal number of players for Go Fish, in my experience, is around four or five. It is suitable for two players and I would say that the upper limit is six participants. The game is very much suited to those with a good memory and also those who are tactically aware. It does also help to be able to keep a straight face. The games tend to last around ten minutes, but it depends how quickly people play. ~Mini History~ The game, when it was first played, used cards with famous authors printed on them. This was first played over in America and was then played in the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world. The game today, revolves around collecting books of cards in order to win the game. The game Go Fish is also closely related to the following card games: Authors, Happy Families and Quartet. These are all very similar to Go Fish but have a few variants. ~The Game~ The deck of cards is shuffled and then each player is dealt seven cards each, with the remainder of the pack being placed in the centre of the table. The aim of the game for each individual, is to acquire as many sets or books of cards as possible. That means for example that they need to get all of the Kings or all of the fours to complete a book. There are a total of thirteen books and the player with the most at the end of the game is declared the winner. The player sitting to the left hand side of the dealer makes the first move and I shall call that person, player X. Player X can ask any player on the table, for a particular card(s), but it must be one that they already have in their hand. Player X has the following hand: 2 x Aces, 2 x threes, 1 x four, 1 x seven and 1 x ten. They can only ask for one of the above cards. If the player that they ask has a card that player X asks for, say an Ace, then the card is handed over and player X takes another turn. Player X can ask for another ace or any other card in their hand. If player X asks somebody for a seven and they dont have one, they must say Go Fish. Player X must then draw a card from the deck. If they pick up a seven, the turn continues but if not the play moves left to player Y. The game then continues in the same manor. The pile of cards in the centre of the table will eventually disappear so if a player asks for a card incorrectly the turn just moves round one player to the left. The player that has the most books or sets once all of the cards have gone is then the winner. ~Variations~ As is the way with most card games, there are different variations of the rules and the play in general. There is one set of rules that sets out that the players have to ask for a specific card such as the seven of diamonds or the four of hearts. This makes the game a lot more difficult, more fun in a different sort of way and also last for a lot longer. There is another form of the game which says that all of the cards should be dealt out as evenly as possible between the players, leaving no cards in the middle. This is good in its way, but the game does tend to be over very quickly as the chances of asking for the card that you want are slashed in the askers favour. ~Conclusion~ This is a very fun game that passes the day very nicely. It is really simple and anybody can pick it up very quickly. It is important that you can keep a straight face and also that you have a good memory as to where some of the cards that you may need, are located. This is ideal for playing with family or friends and it is very light hearted and completely non-serious. This isnt the sort of game that is likely to cause too many arguments at Christmas, unless you get people cheating by looking at other peoples hands. That does happen quite often at school which can ruin the game sometimes. ~Go Fish Online~ This game can be played on yahoo! games at www.yahoo.com. When the page loads up, click on the games tab in the centre. Then click on Go Fish in the card games section. If you are not a member of yahoo! games, then you will have to register but this is fairly simple and straightforward. The version on yahoo! is with two players, the other player being somebody else from around the world. The version that yahoo! has, is for two players who start with seven cards each and the rest of the deck are in the middle.
My eldest brother moved to New Zealand just over two years ago so the year before we had our last family Christmas we may ever have. I have two brothers who at the time all lived in Cornwall. My parents and I went down to see them for the holiday and have a festive time. My brothers together at the time had five children so we had the fun of watching them over Xmas. In the evening when all the kiddies were in bed we had party games. Now for years before Xmas had been a time of card games but we fancied a little more fun this year than sitting there playing new market. Luckily my brother David knows a few games, of which I’ll share a few, so we were blessed with his expertise. These games cost nothing or very little and can be played with things you find in your house. THE CARDBOARD BOX GAME Now after stuffing your face silly from all foods you don’t need the last thing you want to do is get up and do too much exercise? Wrong. This game requires movement but everyone can do it. You find a cardboard box that you get cereal from or bread sticks. It has to be tall so you can have lots of rounds. You place the box down on the floor in the middle of the room. Each person has to bend over and pick up the box with his or her mouth. No hands are allowed and you feet have to be on the ground. After each person has been you tear a bit off the top of the box and go again. As it gets smaller and small your will find some people cannot pick up the box any more and then they are out. The last person to be in is the winner. My family were very competitive with this and many different pick up methods were done. My brother, David, bobbed up and down like a chicken until he reached it while the rest of us stuck to crouching down. I have to say I won this game so it was one of my favourites THE BAKEBEAN GAME Don’t worry this has nothing to do with eating raw bake beans. Simply you have to cross the room balancing on cans of bake beans without falling over. We go through a lot of bake bean cans because after our huge roast dinner we were not the lightest of people. It is possible although I didn’t make it THE SCISSOR GAME Now this one is less energetic then the rest. You all sit down in a circle and one person has a pair of scissors. Now you can only play this game once because only person must know how it works. You hold the scissors and each person passes them around following your instructions. If the person’s legs are crossed or together the scissors are passed closed. If the legs are open then they are open. The object of the game is to see who realises how the game works first. Well that’s all folks. I hope this can help spice up your Christmas in between watching the Eastenders specials. Merry Christmas to all Love Sara
I love to go to parties at christmas and I really like playing party games with some people as well you can have food and drink and loud music I usually go with my friend and meet some of his friends when we get there Some games you can play at home with family and some you cannot Here is a list of party games that I have played with people before Twister This game you have to spin an arrown and then it tells you where to put your hand or a foot on a coloured circle and then everyboddy playing gets all twisted up This game is beeter played with girls and boys together Give us a clue This is a game that you play in teams and you have to be quiet and guess the names of books and telli programmes and films by acting the titles Iam really good at this one Pictionary This is a game where you get in teams and have to draw a phrase or saying onto some paper and then your team needs to guess what it is Iam a bit rubbish at this game Sticky Biscuit This is not a good game Oops upside yo head Iam not to sure if this is a game or not but you have to sit in a line and play the song oops upside yo head by the gap band not that one by snoop dogg or snap because they are rubbish Then you sit on the floor and the person at the front touches the floor and you have to copy and it can be very fun but once I sat in some chewing gum on the floor and that wasnot very good Truth or dare This game you have to ask truth or dare and if you choose truth then someone will ask you a question and you have to answer truthfully and if you say dare then someone will give you a dare to do and then you have to do it I donot really like this game very much because last time I played it the rope was to tight and the next door neighbour had burn the rope with his lighter to get it undone and I hurt my bottom
So, you’re at the party from hell! everyone is sitting politely, sipping wine and beer from nice clean glasses, the host is desperately trying to liven things up but failing miserably. The first mistake was putting “Bat out of Hell” on continuous play on the CD system. The second mistake was inviting the boss and his wife and then realising that his wife was the girl you stood up 10 years ago, (awkward or what?). Someone has the bright idea of a game to liven things up, but then everyone groans inwardly when “charades” is mentioned. Everyone starts to sweat and pray that the host doesn’t have “Pictionary” or Horror of horrors “Monopoly”!!!. Suddenly, “Ding Dong”, the doorbell goes, and in walks the local loony, you know the type, this is the guy who knows everyone, has a limitless supply of self confidence and cheerfulness and still thinks that fake tans and medallions are “in”. He also happens to know just the right sort of games to play to get the party swinging, so give him a chance, he just may save the night! Party game No1: The sausage race! This game requires everyone to sort themselves out in pairs, (boy and girl). The Boys all lie down on the floor with their legs straight and slightly splayed, the girls are each given a sausage (chippolata or common banger, it doesn’t matter), the girls then race to get their sausages up one leg of their partners trousers and down the other, it sounds easy but unless the boy has baggy trousers and his legs are only two foot long, it will require dexterity and nimble fingers to win this race. Party game No 2: “Muffin’ the mule” This time it is the girl’s turn to lie on the floor legs straight, arms by their sides. The boys are each given a packet of crisps and told to sprinkle them over their partner’s body, (it is advisable to concentrate the crisps o n the tickliest bits for maximum fun). The boys have then to clasp their hands behind their backs and start to eat the crisps from their partners bodies, first one finished is the winner. Again this sounds like a very easy game but believe me, it is not easy to eat crisps without the aid of your hands, and its hard to concentrate on the crisps if your partner has a healthy cleavage ;). Party game No 3: Shit the nickel. For this game you will need to gather up all the empty cans and bottles, set them out like an obstacle course, like the fences in a show jumping arena. Decide on a starting line and a finishing line, at the finishing line you place a glass pint tumbler on the floor. Now decide who goes first and give them a 10 pence coin (The nickel), the 10 pence is placed and clenched between the buttocks, then you have to negotiate the obstacle course without dropping the nickel. If you make it to the end you then have to “shit” the nickel into the tumbler to win, if there is more than one person who is able to do it, then they go again until there is a clear winner. This game is best kept until later on in the evening, when everyone is at least three sheets to the wind, it is a lot funnier then. Well that’s three games to be going on with, if I hear of any more I will add them later.
A simple game this, fun and best played in a pub, but it can be amended to home/party use. Simply gather people around a table and take it in turns to roll a dice. Count each 6 thrown, the person who throws the 6th 6 names any drink he/she wishes to. Who so ever throws the 12th 6 buys the drink at the bar, or gets it if you're at home and the person who throws the 18th must down the drink as fast as possible. Its great fun for a while, though it doesnt last too long. Be careful as you can get very drunk, or very broke quickly playing this. Dont do what I did, get to drink a lethal cocktail, then name the same drink to gain revenge only to have to drink it again :o) Good fun and a tad different to serades or millioniare this year.
Here is a selection of party games that will certainly degenerate into a mass of people screaming "Who's got their foot in my bra?!" or "Hey, I won this one!" THE BUS GAME ------------------ This is a classic game for the incredibly competitive chrimbo bash! Each person takes a chair and has their chair arranged with the others into the classic bus arrangement (C means chair): C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C This is the basic arrangement, although it can be tailored to suit your needs. Everyone sits in their own chair. Then, the music starts. Everyone exits the bus through the front and circles the bus in a clockwise fashion. When the music stops, everyone finds a seat (it doesn't matter which) and sits down. The catch is, you can only enter the bus through the front! Some may say this is a glorified version of Musical Chairs, but believe me, this is much more gory! If you are the last to sit down, you stay seated for the rest of the game, meaning that those who join to make up numbers and PURPOSELY get out will be deterred at the thought of someone clambering across their head for a seat. HAT-O-RAMA --------------- Yet another Musical Chairs clone, this time everyone has a hat on (except one person). Whent he music starts, everyone takes the hat off the person in front of them, continuing until the music stops. The person not wearing a hat is out and you take another hat out to even things out again. The sound of 25 people shouting "Give me that hat back" or "Ooh, me wig!" is a rare opportunity, so take advantage. LADDERS IN YER TIGHTS ----------------------------- This is so much fun! Everyone sits alternately in opposite directions on the floor, legs tretched in front of them. Remember to leave a gap between each person. Each person is given a number. When their number is called, they stand up, jump over ever yone's legs towards the end, run to the start of the legs and jumps over them all the way back to their starting position. The first to sit down is the winner of that race. There is no overall winner, but it is a hilarious game to play, especially if there are older people involved!
Not having any children, or many grandparents, nearly all the parties I host or attend are made up of young adults who still haven't learnt that alcohol only leads to pain and misery (with a short burst of hilarity on the way). Now, I do try to be modest, but I would be withholding valuable information if I didn't mention that I was known as the Queen of Drinking Games at college, especially during the Christmas season. All of the following games have a seasonal twist, but you can easily adapt for any time of year. You could also use them with kids, but you'd be advised to leave out the drinking bits, and don't expect the same hysteria. And if you decide you can't do it without an expert, my email address is on my profile page, all major credit cards accepted. Let's start with the old favourite, Santa Says. A bit like Simon says, only better. All games begin with a Santa, who gives the command, "Santa says Hover", and everyone puts their arms out in front of them and wiggles their fingers. Santa can also give the following commands, or make up a few of his own, but all are proceeded by the words "Santa Says". Commands: Santa Says Hover (wiggle fingers in front) Santa Says High (wiggle fingers high) Santa Says Low (wiggle fingers low) Santa Says Make a Christmas Cake (all pretend to stir a bowl and sing "Let's Bake a Cake, Let's Bake a Cake") Santa Says Christmas Friendly (all stand up, pretend to header a football, and shout "on the 'ead, on the 'ead!") If Santa gives a command without saying "Santa Says", anyone who follows the command must drink two fingers. Next Game, is "Ho Ho Ho". Everyone sits in a circle, and passes the message "Ho Ho Ho" round in one direction. If somebody says "What's So Funny?", the direction of the "Ho Ho Ho"s changes. If somebody s ays "White Breast only", then play skips a person. You can also combine "Merry Christmas" and "White Breast Only" so that play changes direction and skips a person. Any one making a mistake or taking too long to answer must drink two fingers. Play should be fast and furious for optimum hilarity. (Ho Ho Ho). The last game I'm going to tell you about (I can't give away ALL my trade secrets) is a "Drink While You Think" game. In groups, or pairs, take 10 minutes to list as many Christmas songs/carols as you can think of. Now take it in turns to sing your songs - usually one or two lines will suffice. No songs must be repeated. Any thinking time must also be...you got it...drinking time. When playing any of these games, the most important thing is not to worry too much. If the group is ever in doubt about whether someone should be drinking or not, everyone must drink four fingers. If you want to know about Slaps, Snake Eyes or Sticky Limbs, email me. Hve fun! Final tip: for Boxing Day advice, see Hangover Cures.
It's Xmas afternoon, everybody is full of Xmas cheer and it's time to settle down to some traditional Xmas games. The queen has done her "my husband and I" bit and you look at each other for suggestions. Oh! No! Not charades again! You fancy something different, but what? How about a Xmas afternoon at the races for a bit of excitement? Even the 5 year olds can join in with this. Now come back and put your coats and scarves away, I don't mean that literally. All you need is a table and two packs of cards, someone to act as course steward, bookie and race marshal and of course punters. Unlike in the real thing the course steward and race marshal can also be punters. From one pack of cards select the four aces and lay them FACE UP side by side. On either side of these lay two cards FACE DOWN. In line astern lay any agreed number of cards in front of the two outside cards so that it marks out a race course. You should have two rows of cards FACE DOWN with enough room between them to place the four aces side by side. Place your bets on the horses and begin. The race marshal takes the other pack of cards and gets one or two people to give them a good shuffle and finally one person to cut the pack. He places the cards on the table face down, takes the top card and turns it over and the race has begun. Whichever suit turns up, the ace of the same suit moves up one card length. Next card, same again and so forth until one horse (ace) crosses the finishing line and is declared the winner, the bookie pays up and it's race two. The course steward does the actual moving of the aces and NO ONE ELSE. You could have it that if a King turns up, that suit moves forward TWO places. You had better believe the excitement that this game generates. So you've only got one pack of cards. Well you can still play. Lay the cards out as before but limit your course length to ten lengths and only mark ou t one side of the track. Use the remaining 38 cards as the pack. If during the race all the pack cards are used up and no horse has won get a couple of people to shuffle them again, cut and carry on until the race is finished. For the next and subsequent races take up ALL THE CARDS except the aces, shuffle them and re-lay the course. This will prevent any bias for one suit developing. It is important that when marking out the course the cards are laid FACE DOWN and no one sees what they are. Someone could spot that there are more reds than blacks which means there would be less reds than blacks in the pack and therefore reds would have a lesser chance of winning. Or the other way round. You know what I mean. Some smart alec of a six year old whose brain is not befuddled by alcohol could spot loads of clubs in the course marking and figure out that the Ace of clubs has no chance of winning. The laying of bets. If the bookie knows what s/he is doing s/he could lay the odds as in real racing. Or as it is Xmas and you are full of Xmas cheer and the brain isn't working very well, the best way is for each person to lay an agreed amount on a horse of their choosing. Who bets on which horse needs to be noted on a piece of paper. Those who bet on the winning nag share all the dosh between them that has been bet on all the horses. In this instance the poor old bookie never makes a profit unless you agree that he takes 10% or whatever. If you want to totally destroy family relations then use real cash. Better still use Monopoly money if you have it and give each person the same agreed amount. You could use matches or poker chips if you have them. As a last resort you could do it all on paper but that means using the brain. If you have no money, chips etc. to bet with you could award 5 points to each person who selected the winning horse and after a few races give the person/s with the most points a prize of some sort. And the person/s with the le ast number of points does the washing up. Happy Xmas © Jim Buckley a long time ago.
I was introduced to this rather bizarre 'game' two Christmasses ago by my cousin Claire who'd picked it up during her time spent as a reveller at University...so bear with me! The idea is to place a two pence coin between your buttocks and then carefully waddle towards a glass tumbler placed about 2 metres from the starting point...are you still there? You are? Good...then you have to position yourself above the tumbler, the aim of the game being to drop the coin from your buttocks into the glass!! Yes, ok, it's bizarre and, admittedly, you'll need to be quite tipsy to appreciate the finer points of the game...but there's no doubt at all that it's great fun and a brilliant icebreaker (I mean, who could fail to be amused?!)! Try it and be astounded!
This has got to be the best game I have ever played. I would say the more you have playing it the better!. You have a large mat with about ten circles in it with around five colours. With it comes a board with what looks like a clock. You spin it and it lands on a colour. With that the board tells you if you put a hand or a foot down. Before you know it, your in such a twist with loads of other people's arms and legs over you or under you end up falling over!. The first person to fall is out. I would tell anyone to buy this whatever age you are. if you are older, get afew drinks down you then play it!.
We have such a laugh with this one and you may well have heard of it, but here goes anyway.You can play with just two people,but the more the merrier ,and it can be adapted for adults or kids. All you do is, on small pieces of paper write the name of someone famous / well known , it could be an actor ,writer, t.v /film character, M.P ,cartoon character, anything goes.You then stick this to one of your guests foreheads ,obviously without them seeing the writing (you can use post-its but we use good old sticky tape ).When everyone has one stuck to their heads you each take turns to ask ONE question only to the person on your right, i.e, am I male ,have I got brown hair, am I married e.t.c.The person can only answer yes or no and then go to their right to ask their question and so on.The last one left is a great big LOU-LOU ! When my friends first told me about this game I thought yeh great ! in a very sarcastic way ,but when we got started we had great fun and it can go on for as long as you like ,for some reason it gets funnier as the night goes on.If you happen to have a friend who is a bit of a smug know-all then you can really have some fun ! I hope this is of use to someone ,give it a try ,it doesn't cost anything and I bet you enjoy it !
Here is a simple and hysterical game for when the port comes out. Equipment Take a dictionary, a pad of paper, a pencil, 4 or more players and make some credit card sized pieces of paper in large quantities. Aim The aim of the game is to win of course!! You do this by reaching the target score that you all set at the beginning. Start with 20. How to play Players take it in turns to 'run' (from now on - runner) the round. The runner chooses an obscure word from the dictionary and writes it and its meaning down on one of the small pieces of paper. He then reads the word to all assembed and they have to write down the word and what they think the word means. Once this is done the pieces of paper are handed back to the runner and he reads all of the definitions out. Here is where it gets interesting . . . Scoring Each player, starting with the person to the left of the runner guesses which definition they think is the real one and it goes around the table anti clockwise. *The person who guesses the real description gets 2 points. *If the writer defines the word as it appears in the dicionary, 3 points are scored. *If a writer's description is guessed as being the right one by another player, the writer recieves one point. *If no-one gets the correct answer, the runner gets 3 points. Tactics All sound simple right?? RIGHT!! but there are many tactics that all can play at to get ahead. Try bluffing a lot . . with time you will be cunning as a fox by guessing the right one and making the others guess yours! Please let me know if you play how you found it . . . I have a few others to let you know about.
In not sure if this was a made up game or something someone got out of a book but at our family get togethers we play this game. It can be played from 2 players up, and I would say from the age 8 up and it all depends how easy or hard you make it. Someone is picked to go first and they have to decide on a rule to link certain objects together.For example the products that the person will link might be with the colour of his/her top or trousers.It could be the first letter of their name or surname,the possiblities are endless. They must start the sentence by saying "I WENT TO MARKET TO BUY.." and the aim of the game is to guess what links the products he is buying.You all take turns in "buying" something from the market.If you get it right the person will say "yes you did buy it", and if you get it wrong theyll say " no, you didnt" You just keep going around until everyone gets it.Then its someone elses turn.It a party game best played after dinner, or when slightly merry but not too merry!We always have good fun with this game and come up with some simple links like: Things you buy have to begin with the colour of you top. Things you buy have to begin with the last letter of your Christian name. And some more obsure ones: Things you buy have to go in order of people sitting in the room, but where did it start and what way around does it go? Person was to touch hair when they "Buy" something from the market. Person has to touch their hand together to "buy" something. We played it for 4 hrs one night and its great fun guessing,but can be frustrating too. It keeps the mind ticking over in the anti-climax of Christmas, and there is nothing on T.V anyway. After a while if no one gets the link you can say what it was and then go for another link.Its really hard when you think youve guessed the link but it isnt it.You cant tell anyone you just have to keep the link to yourself, and "buy" the right things from the market until everyone gets it. So if you are stuck for a party game try this one,buy anything you like,if the person will let you!
Who's in the bag is sort of like verbal charades. It consists of cards with the names of celebrities or famous people on them, which you pick out of the bag and have to try and describe to your team mates. You'll know the kind of thing if you've seen "They think its all over". You can act, sing, impersonate, mime or just describe the characters and there is a good range of people on the cards so that all ages can play. And it is against the clock, a timer comes with the game and I think you get 1 minute to get as many as you can. We have played it the last two christmasses with my parents, aunt, uncle and cousins. My youngest cousin was about 12 or 13 when we first played and although he found some of them difficult or hadn't heard of some of them, we played it so that he could choose one of each card as opposed to just going through the four characters on each card, yet still counting it only as one point as opposed to four so it was still fair! They things that people come out with when trying to explain are hilarious, even more so is when the person gets the character wrong and thinks they are something that they arn't (ie. usually my mum having never heard of tv stars etc!). It is also good for people watching as they can still have a laugh even if they are not playing. My grandparents in their 80's and my cousins grandma well into her 80's can't really get to grips with games like this to actually play themselves but they enjoy watching us play. If you have no-one age under about 10 in your group then I would definately say go and buy this game. Or if you can be bothered get people to make up their own and create your own cards. When you've done them all, there are extra packs of just the cards (ie without the bag and timer etc) that you can get called More who's in the bag, and even more who's in the bag etc. If your bored of playing the usual charades at christmas then g ive this a go!!