There are so many ideas for Christmas. The following ideas are just a few of the things our troop have done during the holidays that our girls really enjoyed. I hope your girls will enjoy them too! Pick and choose the ideas that work for your troop.
You’ve Been Elfed: Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Have you ever heard of the concept of delivering Christmas cheer around your neighborhood and leaving note that said “You’ve Been Elfed”? This activity booklet is a mystery scavenger hunt where your girls will be helping Santa solve a mystery and learn more about being kind to others during the holiday season.
When done with the game there is also bonus content in so your girls can actually go out and deliver Christmas cheer for real using “You’ve been elfed” templates and a coupon code to get a free Elf Scout on a Mission fun patch . Learn more about this mystery game and get yours today!
Elves: Disaster in a Control Room
Characters: 12-13 roles, double-casting possible for slightly larger or smaller groups.
- Suggestions for Troops: You can make this as big or small as you want! It’s fun as a simple read through, or make a production of it. Ahead of your virtual meeting, assign roles so kids can practice their lines if they would like. If any members don’t want to act, there’s lots of opportunity to be in the show’s “Crew!” Artists can design art that has the scene names to show on a screen between scenes, Costume crew can help decide what the elves should wear, a director give opening statements and announce actors and their roles.
- Group size: If you have more actors than parts, characters can easily be split so one actor plays them for half the scenes they appear in. If you have less members than roles, people can play 2 parts with just a costume piece to distinguish who they are reading for (for example, a clipboard for Handy or a beanie hat for Hugo). Santa only appears in the final scene with a monologue, so that part can be played by any of the actors (or even the troop leader).
- Streaming: If you want an audience, stream your Zoom to Youtube or Facebook for any family members who want to watch.
- Age range: The show is fun for all ages—older girls can really get into the characters, and younger kids just love to transform into silly elves! Suggested for troops 2nd grade and up mainly for the need to be able to read.
Purchase this activity Here: NOTE: Read the first few pages in the Freeview. To purchase, select a Printmaster Copy. No need to know the date or include it when you purchase—that feature is mainly for theaters. Your purchase allows you to distribute the script to your groups and do one streamed performance of it if you choose.
Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament
What you need:
- 3” cinnamon sticks
- ¾” pine garland
- Small buttons, sequins, glitter
- Wire cutters
- Glue gun
- Twine or hemp cord
How to make: Cut pieces of twine 1”, 2”, and 2 ½” pieces of pine garland for each girl. Glue pine garland to cinnamon stick starting with 1” piece at the top, then 2” and 2 ½” pieces. Leave cinnamon stick showing at the bottom for the tree trunk. Glue twine to the back of cinnamon stick, with a loop, so it can be hung, on the tree. Glue buttons, sequins, etc on the tree to decorate.
*We made the ornament at the beginning of the meeting so it would be dry by the end of the meeting.*
What you need:
- Wiggly eyes
- Red pom pom
- Black marker
- Brown Paint and paint brush
- Green tree limbs
- Red ribbon
How to make: Paint the piece of wood brown. Glue green trees on back of wood for the antlers. Then tie a ribbon around those antlers. Glue eyeballs red nose and draw a mouth on the wood.
Sugar Cone Edible Christmas Tree
What you need:
- Sugar cone for each girl
- Green frosting
- M&M’s, Reeses Pieces, Skittles, Sprinkles or any other candy you think your girls would enjoy to decorate their tree.
How to make: Flip the sugar cone upside down, frost with green frosting, decorate and eat.
Decorate a Christmas Tree
What you need:
- candy canes
How to play: Divide your troop into teams of 3-4 girls. Each team gets the above supplies. When you say go the girls have to decorate one of their teammates to look like a Christmas tree using all of the supplies. The first team finished wins!
Build a Snowman
What you need:
- White crepe paper 1 roll per each group
- Black self adhesive foam circles for 3 buttons and 2 eyes
- Orange self adhesive foam carrot for the nose
How to play: Same as the Christmas tree activity. Divide your troop into teams of 3-4 girls. Each team gets the above supplies. When you say go the girls have to decorate one of their teammates to look like a snowman using all of the supplies. The first team finished wins!
Gifts for our furry friends
Our troop decided to collect donations for our local animal shelter at Christmas. Often, with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our furry friends get forgotten. We called our local shelter to see what their specific needs were and we shared it, with family and friends. We collected as much as we could and then set up a time, to deliver all the donations, to our animal shelter, as a troop. We also volunteered to help out and walk some of the dogs. Rules will vary per shelter. I know the staff and animals really appreciated it. If you don’t have time to do it before Christmas January is also a great time to do it.
Oh No! Santa’s List is Missing! Escape Room
This one comes from another passionate Girl leader. She created “Oh No! Santa’s List is Missing!” which tasks the players to find Santa’s list that Mrs. Claus hid because she is tired of spending Christmas Eve alone. She is hoping they will stay a bit longer and celebrate Christmas Eve with her. Help save Christmas by finding the items in less than an hour so Santa can deliver the toys on time.
It is designed for players to escape in an hour. The games are digital downloads that include your supply list, directions for setting up the room, how to set up locked boxes and what goes inside and all the printables that are used in the game. Simply set up meeting space so girls can walk around comfortably. Read more about this kit and get yours today.
Need More Games?
Santa loves spreading Christmas Cheer and so do his elves. In this activity booklet become Santa’s elves and help search Santa’s sack, deliver packages, spread Christmas cheer to the less cheery, and together write a Christmas story to share with family and friends to continue passing on the amazing Christmas Cheer Santa and his elves do every year! All you need to do is print and gather the supplies and your party is ready to go. Get your booklet here.
To continue on with the theme of the 12 days of Christmas use the 12 days of Christmas my leader brought to me activity booklet. Using the popular song 12 days of Christmas, each part of the song has a game or activity to go with it. For example “On the First Day Of Christmas my leader gave to me…Three Candy Canes” and it is adaptable to every grade level so great for multi-level troops.
Plan your troops Christmas party with ease with the included 12 activities, a section with everything you need for each activity, and any additional templates required. All you need to do is print and gather the supplies and your party is ready to go. Get your booklet here.
This activity booklet has 3 very fun games all focused on Christmas. First play the 4 corner game which will have your girls running from one corner to the next, while laughing and getting to know each other. Then compete against one another to match 4 fall cards and be the fastest to win. Lastly play a game of Christmas bingo with 24 different images/words related to Christmas. Start playing with your troop now!
Do you need more for your party?
- 27 songs for Christmas Caroling
- Ornament Time Capsule and Reindeer Ear Awards
- 12 Days of Christmas Gifts for Leaders Parents and Girls in Your Troop