Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

Indoor Winter Games for Kids: Holiday Charades or Pictionary {w/free printable}

Enjoy some time inside with these fun holiday & winter themed games for kids and families!

This week, I've realized that winter is coming. 

Scratch that – winter is here (at least in most of the country). 

The temperatures have dipped so low that getting outside is sometimes difficult even for a nature loving girl like myself.

So it’s always good to have some fun indoor activities ready & waiting – great for rainy days or frigid temps! 


Holiday Charades with free printable

Indoor Games for Kids

Baby it’s cold outside and you’re stuck in the house with your kids – what’s a family to do? 

Why not play a game!

We've got a FREE printable for you today (easy-peasy, no-prep, drop-of-a-hat type of game) along with LOTS of other fun ways to entertain the family and affiliate links for a few of our favorite indoor items too.

This is also part of our 12 Days of Christmas Activities if you're looking for more fun ideas for enjoying holiday time with your kids.

Holiday Charades/Pictionary

Grab some paper or a dry erase board (we just used the whiteboard on our art easel) with some makers and you can play this fun, energetic winter game.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Charades and Pictionary, right! 

Well, this game can be used both ways.

(Tip: If the kids are squirrely, I would definitely recommend the Charades version of the game to burn off some energy!)

Just in case you aren't familiar with the rules,

  • Without sharing the word or talking, the player must either act out or draw the word for others to guess
  • Whoever guesses the items correctly earns the next turn to choose a word!


Fun Holiday Drawing Game for Kids

Super easy, super fun & usually super funny!

I mean, have you ever tried to draw a ‘blizzard’ on a white piece of paper?! 

Or act out the word ‘snow’?! 

It will keep your kids thinking as they bend their brains to guess the right word or twist their mind to think about how to draw each clue.

One word of advice:  have your phone with you because you will certainly want to snap a few pictures of the act!


Printable Charade/Pictionary Cards

Print out this free set of winter words and cut them into strips. 

Then put them all in a stocking, festive bag or Santa hat so each person can choose which word they will draw or act out.

And if you're looking for more festive activities this holiday, see our 12 Minute to Win It Christmas Games for TONS of family fun!


Or try some of these 25 Free Printable Christmas Games & Activities!


More Indoor Activities for Kids & Families to Try

Need more ideas to keep the kids busy on those snowy or rainy days?  Try these fun games & activities to beat cabin fever!

30 Free Printable Winter Games & Activities - more no-prep paper games to keep the kids busy!

How to Have an Indoor Camp-out - always a great family activity especially on school breaks.

Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunt - easy Math game with free printable game pieces.

25 Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy the Holidays - because family time is THE best during the holidays!

Easy Handmade Ornaments: Christmas Shadow Box
25 Ways to Simplify Christmas & Enjoy the Holidays


Guest - Michael on Friday, 13 December 2013 19:20

Love your ideas...Check out the ideas for custom indoor playhouses! Hours of fun for the kids when there is bad weather!

Love your ideas...Check out the ideas for custom indoor playhouses! Hours of fun for the kids when there is bad weather!
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