This post is part of The ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays. It is written by Corine of Books by Corine.
G is ….for games! (I know everyone thought it would be for giving, since I am the author of two books about giving). However, one of my favorite things to do during the holiday is to play games with my family and friends. This year I discovered a new game called Rollick and can’t wait to play a Christmas version of this game with my family.
Rollick is also known as Reverse Charades. As you know, in a typical game of charades, one person acts out and the rest of the group guesses who or what they are acting out. In Rollick, it’s all reversed – one person guesses while the rest of the team is acting. The thing I love about this game is that even those who do not typically enjoy getting up in front of others and acting can have a terrific time playing Rollick because the spotlight is not exclusively on them. The first few times I played this game, people initially decided not to play. But after a round or two, everyone had joined in on the fun.
While it can sometimes be hard to be the guesser, it is usually not because it’s too difficult, but because the guesser is laughing too hard at the crazy things people are doing. Just imagine three different people trying to act out their own interpretation of “rocking around the Christmas tree” or “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.”
In preparation for this game, make a list of Christmas related things/actions/whatever for people to act out (or download this premade list here, I included a few blank space for you to add your own ideas). Cut them up into strips of paper, fold them, and put them all in a big bowl.
Directions: Just like charades, Rollick is pretty simple to play.
- Divide into two teams (if you are playing with a large group 20 or more people, just divide into more teams).
- Decide which team goes first
- Each team selects a guesser
- All other team members act out the clue card for the guesser
- Each team has one minute to guess as many words as possible
- No talking • You can only pass once per round
- Scoring: 1 word guessed correctly = 1 point
- The team with the most points wins
Hint: if you are playing with children too young to read, take the acting child out of the room and explain the words they will be acting out.
Hint 2: the attached list of Christmas suggestions can also be used for Christmas Charades/ Christmas Catchphrase/Win-lose-or-Draw
Do you have any other ideas for Christmas party games? Please leave them in a comment, or leave a link to your blog post about games. I'd love to know more and I'm sure other readers would too!
Corine Hyman is the author of three children book that are designed to help children and adults understand the biblical bases for why Christians do what they do. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD where she has opened her home to children without families by becoming a foster parent. You can learn more about Corine and purchase all her books by visiting: