How to Make a Poke-a-Present Game

Make a fun holiday game where everyone wins!

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This holiday game is perfect for a kids’ party but could be adapted for grownups too. Cups filled with small prizes allow each guest to poke the present and win.

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Holiday Party Games

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Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Materials Needed:

  • foam core
  • mini plastic cups
  • tissue paper
  • small prizes
  • glue stick
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • bow
  • adhesive letters
  • decorative tape (optional)
Holiday Party Games

Holiday Party Games

Make Your Own Holiday Party Games

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Cut circles of tissue paper one inch in diameter larger than the top of the cups. Fill each cup with a small prize. For kids consider things like candies or party favors. For adults use more adult appropriate candies such as truffles, lottery scratch-off games or cash. Add a ring of glue using a glue stick to the top rim of each cup. Carefully turn the cup over on a tissue paper circle and press the edges of the paper firmly around the top of the cup.

Holiday Party Games

Holiday Party Games

Make Your Own Holiday Party Games

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Use a hot-glue gun to attach the cups to the foam core in a square or rectangle, depending on the number of cups you wish to use. For a decorative touch, make one column and one row of the cups in a coordinating color to represent ribbons.

Holiday Party Games

Holiday Party Games

Make Your Own Holiday Party Games

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Add the game title to the top of the present using adhesive letters. Decorate the package with a coordinating bow. Decorate the game board as desired with decorative tape. 

Holiday Party Games

Holiday Party Games

Make Your Own Holiday Party Games

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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