Santa’s Gift Toss Game

Supplies Needed:

  • Bean Bag Toss Game
  • 1x white Bristol Board
  • 1x Red Bristol Board
  • Glue Stick or Glue Gun
  • Black Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Thin Ribbon

Making The Game:

  • Lay sheet of red Bristol board on the face of your bean bag toss game.
  • Putting slight pressure on the Bristol board, locate the holes underneath and trace them onto the red Bristol board.
  • Place Red Bristol board on a flat surface, and using a ruler, trace evenly spaced horizontal lines across the sheet to replicate brick rows. Stagger your vertical lines to replicate a brick pattern.
  • Using your white sheet of Bristol board, trace a wavy line approximately 1/3 of the way.
  • Cut along wavy line of white sheet, as well as the circles traced onto red sheet.
  • Glue white section of ‘snow’ to the top of your chimney.
  • Tape your completed chimney image onto the face of your bean bag toss game board.
  • Using thin ribbon, wrap it around each bean bag as you would do when tying it onto a gift. *Leave approximately 1.5 inches of length at the ends of the ribbon. *
  • Using a pair of scissors, drag the remaining parts of ribbon tightly along the blade, curling the ribbon.

How To Play:

You can play this game in the same manner that you would typically run your bean bag toss game. If the residents are familiar with a certain set of rules, then there is no need to cause confusion by playing differently.

When running this activity, I typically have the residents gather in a large circle. Using a large dry erase board, I make a chart with the name of the game at the top, then a list of the residents names, with sections to track their scores for each round.

I will move the game from resident to resident as they take their turn, adjusting the distance between the resident and the game depending on each residents physical abilities.

I like to joke about why Santa needs their help by making statements at the start of their turns. I may say that Santa’s running behind schedule because he slept in, and needs their help tossing the gifts down the chimney now, or that Santa hit rough weather and dropped some gifts from his sleigh that should have gone down the chimney.

Keeping Score:

At the end of their turn, I will tally up the points from each hole they managed to get a bean bag into, and write it on the dry erase board.

On the following rounds, I will add a small box to the new score section, and place that rounds points there. Then I will add that number to their previous score, and write their total score in the bigger section. (Adding up the scores as you go will save a lot of time at the end of the game and having a record of each turns totals in the upper corners will prevents any confusion if someone questions your math skills, because you will have a record of what each resident scored on each turn as well.)

At the end of the final round, I will announce the three players who received the highest total scores, and encourage the group to clap for them. I provide a certificate printed on cardstock to the first place winner. I write their final score on the certificate as well. *This may seem unnecessary, but I have been very surprised in the past by how proud most have been to receive the certificate, often putting it up on their bedroom wall to show off to their families when they come in to visit.

To make the certificate, simply use publisher, or any other similar program.

  • Make a border, either using Christmas graphics or just a solid rectangle.
  • Add a text box toward the top that says “Congratulations”.
  • Add a solid line underneath to print the residents name at the end of the game.
  • Add another text box that reads “On being the first place winner of Santa’s Gift Toss.”
  • Add a text box underneath that says ” You scored a total of ______Points!!”
  • Finally, at the bottom, add a line that says: “Signed, (Your name)”
  • You can add Christmas graphics as well to make it look a little more fun.

Certificate Example:


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