Our Grinch Family Night was very much like our Polar Express Night. As I said in the original post about our advent calendar, I wanted these activities to be simple. We kept that in mind as we selected a couple of ideas from this collection of Grinch activities. My hope is to spend extra time playing and laughing with my family. I loved this recent post from Mummyology reminding us to make time for Christmas time, so in her words we are taking a lot of time to “just BE” this week.
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For Grinch night we again ate dinner a bit early so everyone could be bathed and in PJs for the movie. I’ve wanted to try some of the ideas from Bath Activities for Kids, so we tried a simple version of The Grinch Bath. As the directions say, I added a bit of green food coloring and peppermint extract to the girls’ bath water. I didn’t have many bath-friendly Christmas toys, so I mixed up a little bath paint with shaving cream and red food coloring. The whole bath took about 2 minutes to put together, and the girls had tons of fun painting and enjoying the peppermint scent. Well worth it, I’d say!
After bath we all snuggled and watched the original Grinch movie together. I know that the laughing, tickling and silly play that is a regular part of our movie nights is something we will all remember even after the girls are older. We’ll also spend time watching the newest version of the Grinch, but it’s a bit long for a busy weeknight.
More Grinch Family Night Inspiration
If you’re planning a little more for your Grinch Family Night or hosting a holiday Grinch party, these ideas might be helpful.
Grinch Punch would be a fun addition to family movie night.
This is a healthy and cute Grinch snack that would be fun to make together.
My daughters would love these Grinch Quesadillas from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.
Make some Grinch kabobs to snack on during the movie.
Spend some time together making Grinch rice krispie treats for a colorful sweet dessert.
Mix up some Grinch popcorn for a festive treat.
Enjoy some adorable Grinch cupcakes.
If your family likes a salty touch to their treats, they’ll love these Grinch pretzel snacks.
We haven’t tried these yet, but cake balls are always well-loved around here. These Grinch cake balls are a great match for your Grinch activities.
These grinch pills from Crafty Girl 21 would be a cute way to lighten up a stressful day if someone in your house is feeling a bit Grinchy.
You could play Pin the Heart on the Grinch or even expand the idea to add a new heart each time kids demonstrate a random act of kindness (or some other target behavior) throughout the week.
Make a cute and easy Grinch hand print craft like this one found on Pinterest (let me know if you find the source!).
Even toddlers can join in the fun with this super easy Grinch ornament craft idea.
These Grinch-licked candy canes and the free printable are adorable. They’d make a fun addition to Grinch Night.
During your family night you can also make some Grinch dust with green sugar and include this cute poem.
Make some Grinch Goo for a fun and messy sensory play activity.
This Grinch slime looks amazing. It would be another fun sensory play activity for sure!
For older kids you might include some writing related to your movie night. Primary Graffiti has a free printable set for persuasive writing. I love the template for writing a letter to the Grinch.
Create a keepsake to remember the evening by making a Grinch inspired ornament. I love the simplicity of these ones found on Pinterest (I was unable to locate the original source, but let me know if you do!).
Or get a little more crafty with this Grinch ornament.
Create a mini cardboard tube Grinch craft.
Or maybe a paper plate Grinch would be perfect for your family night.
Do you have any special family movie night traditions? What are your favorite Grinch activities?
GET A FULL SET OF CHRISTMAS THEME ACTIVITIES
The 169-page Christmas Lesson Plan Set includes hands-on activities and these additional printables:
1) Beginning Letters Gift Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
2) Reindeer Math Mats (2 versions in color and b/w)
3) My Christmas Senses Activity Book Making Pieces
4) 0-35 Christmas Number Cards (2 versions in color and b/w)
5) Christmas Counting Syllables Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
6) Christmas Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
7) Ornament Play Dough Mats
8) Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Task Cards (shapes, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, number 0-20)
9) Christmas Light Patterns Activity Pieces (in color and b/w)
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.