Mail carriers get a daily workout in December, carrying bags filled with cards and letters, packages and catalogs. Holiday shoppers lift their fair share of heavy shopping bags. Deliver some seasonal fun with these games inspired by the shopping and mailing season.
- Plan a shopping relay. Pile a large assortment of odd items -- big and small -- on a table. Attach stickers to each item with a price clearly displayed. Each player gets 30 seconds to race to the table and fill a brown grocery bag with items. When the bell rings, any object in his hand can go into the bag. The prices on all items in the bag are added up and recorded. The objects are returned to the table, and the next player gets a 30-second turn. The winners can be the kid who spent the most money and/or the kid who is the thriftiest.
- Gather an assortment of boxes -- large, small and oddly shaped -- that will pile up high enough to tower over a kid's head. Challenge kids to arrange the boxes in such a way that they can walk at least 10 feet without dropping any of them.
- Set up several empty boxes with open tops, and label them: AIR MAIL, LOCAL MAIL and PONY EXPRESS. Set them up in a line on one side of a room. Collect a large pile of unopened junk mail. Challenge kids, one at a time, to toss each piece of mail -- from about six feet away -- into the boxes. Points are collected for letters that land in the boxes: five points for Air Mail, three points for Local Mail and one point for Pony Express.