This Saran wrap ball game is a blast!
Christmas shopping can get (more) difficult as our families grow and siblings get married and have kids. Do you buy for everyone, draw names, just do the kids, or skip gifts all together?
For many people, it’s something that just has to be done. It can be hard to buy for adults who simply purchase what they need or have specific tastes that make them difficult to shop for.
Saran Wrap Ball Game
This Saran wrap Christmas game is such a fun alternative!
Perfect for adults and teens.
You could even have a separate Saran wrap ball game going for the kids. I would not recommend combining the kids and adults – things get a little too competitive and it’s easier to shop if you do them separately.
- Plastic wrap
- 2 dice
- Paper box lid
What to Put Inside the Saran Wrap Ball
First off, set a budget (ours was $15-$20 per person) and have everyone purchase assorted gifts and a roll of plastic wrap. Any brand works.
You can do anything with the gifts – so be creative!
One tip is to try to stay gender neutral.
Also, have “prizes” from all price points – even $1. The more little gifts throughout the Saran wrap ball, the more fun there is.
We had things from candy, fun socks, Paper Mate felt pens, mini notebooks, gift cards (numerous $5 ones and then at least one $10 one), snacks, batteries, lip balms, Oregon Trail card game, dollar bills, Bananagrams, and other assorted items.
This is where having all adults or all kids playing makes shopping a little simpler.
Have all the gifts and plastic wrap delivered to one person so the ball can be made before the event starts.
Wrapping the Saran Wrap Ball
Wrapping this giant Saran wrap ball is an event in and of itself. Make sure you have at least a couple of people there to help with the prep. It’s also a lot of fun. One of my sister’s had their phone disappear – someone wrapped it up in the ball. 😉
The Saran Wrap:
You have two options when it comes to wrapping. One is definitely more difficult.
You can either wrap each roll as one continuous piece (the easier method) or cut the plastic wrap and restart at varying intervals. Do some ridiculously short, some crazy long, and others in between. This method is more frustrating (in the fun, competitive way) and will make the game last longer.
If you are doing the Saran wrap Christmas game for your young kiddos, I’d suggest doing each roll as one continuous piece.
For adults and teens, I recommend mixing it up and going hard.
Our game, with 8 adults, lasted over 27 minutes and every second flew by!
Adding the Gifts:
Start with wrapping your “big” prize (because this will end up the center of the ball). Our grand prize was a gift card. This little gift card was wrapped in several pieces of plastic wrap.
As you start working your way out on the ball, simple add in gifts periodically. We tried to have the more expensive gifts on the inside and the less expensive gifts end up on the outside. You will also need to take into account how certain things will wrap. The pens in our ball needed to be wrapped once the ball was larger because of their length and inflexibility. Bananagrams, though large, worked to wrap toward the center because of its flexibility.
We wrapped whole bags of candy and also opened up a package of Hershey Kisses and peanut butter cups and had those sprinkled through out the ball.
Playing The Saran Wrap Ball Game
- Have everyone sit on the floor in a circle. A little space between each person but making sure to still be within arms reach.
- Deciding who is going to start. (Youngest player might be a good option.)
- Give the starting player the Saran wrap ball and the next person the dice. When we played the game, we found it easiest to use a paper box lid to roll the two dice in. It kept the dice from rolling around the room and made it simpler for the next person to just grab the box when it was their turn.
- Player with the ball finds the end piece of Saran wrap and starts unwrapping while the next person is rolling the dice. As soon as they roll doubles (of any number), they shout “doubles” and grab the Saran wrap ball and the next person grabs the box with the dice and the game continues.
- Any prizes you unroll are yours.
- Important Rule: NO tearing the Saran wrap. You HAVE to find the end of the strip. This is where it gets harder when you use shorter pieces of plastic wrap. Sometimes finding the end is super difficult! It’s all a part of the game.
That’s it! You keep playing, laughing, screaming, and grabbing until the ball is completely unrolled and the last prize is captured.
Give this Saran wrap ball game a try at your family Christmas or even a Christmas party. It will be a fun memory for sure!