Are you looking for a fun game to play at your next Christmas Party or family gathering? This simple Dice Doubles Game has quickly become one of our family Christmas traditions. My kids look forward to playing it as much as the adults do! As you may already know from past posts, I love traditions…especially Christmas ones.
Set up of Dice Double Gift Game:
- A small gift, gift card or simply money. If you are purchasing a gift, make sure it is suitable for everyone playing (including the kids).
- Wrapping paper – LOTS
- A pair of oven mitts
- Bowl or shallow container to roll the dice into.
Before the party, place the gift in a box and then wrap it with MANY layers of wrapping paper. There is no need for each layer to be the same paper. This is a great excuse to use up all the roll ends that have been hanging out in your closet for the past few years:) You will want the gift to go all the way around the circle a few times so make sure there are lots of layers of wrapping:) My sister-in-law is always in charge of this game, and she wraps the gift while watching a show. This could be a great excuse to watch your favorite Christmas movie!
To play the Dice Double Game:
- Have everyone gather their chairs into a circle.
- Hand one person the dice and bowl and hand the person on their right the gift and oven mitts.
- Explain that while the person is rolling the dice, the other person is trying to open as many layers of wrapping as possible while wearing the oven mitts.
- Once doubles are rolled, that round is over and the dice and gift are passed one person the the left. That means that the person that was rolling the dice should be the next person to wear the mitts and try to open the present.
- Continue this until the gift has been opened, and someone finds the prize.
- To make the game easier, you can use oven mitts with grippers (like on the bottom of kids socks to keep them from slipping). This works especially well when playing with younger kids.
- Don’t use too much tape when wrapping your gift. Just a couple pieces per layer.
- Use lots of layers of wrapping paper. The thinner wrapping paper is easier to tear off.
- If you are playing with a mixed group of ages, it might be helpful to lift a tiny corner of the wrapping before handing it to a young kid. However you may have to be sneaky about it. If they catch you tearing the wrapping after doubles has been rolled, they will call you a cheater:) Opening a gift with oven mitts on can be very difficult for kids and we want them to enjoy the game too.
Have fun and enjoy each other this holiday season. I would love to hear what games you will be playing at your next gathering! Also check out these fun Minute To Win It Games, they are also fun to play with a small or large group.