Do you get tired of all the competition between children? Especially when it’s time to play a game together?
I know I hate it when my kids start playing a game as friends and by the end, someone is in tears! That’s why I created this fun and cooperative Christmas game.
In this game, all players work together to win and end up encouraging each other along the way. The element of chance also helps keep kids from blaming each other for moves that hurt their chances of winning.
Decorate the Tree Cooperative Christmas Game
- a free printable Christmas game (great for playing on holiday break)
- designed for children age 3 and up
- works best with 2 to 4 players although you can have more (but the players will have fewer turns)
- can easily be glued inside a file folder to make a file folder game
- can be played in as little as 15 minutes
- encourages children to work together and support one another
- builds a team spirit
How to Play
But in this Christmas game you need to watch out for that pesky little kitty. He likes to knock the ornaments off of the tree. Every time a player’s spin lands on the kitty one ornament must be removed from the tree and placed back on the empty space of the game board.
Our kids had a great time playing this Christmas game and have been asking for it all morning.
Update: You can make the game more challenging by printing a second sheet of ornaments. We’ve added 5 to make the game a bit harder as our kids have gotten older.
Included in the Free Printable
- Instructions For Assembling the Game
- Directions to Play
- Game Board
- Game Piece
- Ornament Pieces
Additional Materials You’ll Need
- 4 Pages of 8.5″ x 11″ White Cardstock
- OR 2 Pages White Cardstock, 2 Pages White Paper, and 1 File Folder
- 1 Metal Brad
- 2 Large Paperclips
Deb Chitwood says
Thanks so much for sharing your free printable … I love cooperative games! I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow
Christina Morley says
Hi Allyson! This game is very cute. Amanda has played it several times. I’ve included it along with the link to this post on my blog, Amanda’s Books and More. You can find it here:
I would love to print this little game for my daughter, but am having trouble, it says it is unavailable. Is there perhaps another link.?
This does look like so much fun, I am going to print it out as a quick fun game for a Christmas day get-together.
I found your wonderful website by accident after it was recomended!
Thank you so much for making this available!
I think this is the best game I ever saw for Christmas or any dates. It is the first one I saw that is not competitive. I loved it and I´m sure my nieces will too.
I just translated the rules for Portuguese and will be glad to share them with you or your readers.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great Christmas.
Cristina – Portugal
This was a great game for my three year old. He loves it. Thanks for posting.
Thanks so much! My children will love this game!!! I really appreciate it!