You’ve heard of the show The Singing Bee, right? If not, it’s basically where contestants listen to a song and when the song stops they have to sing the next line of the song.
Here’s an example:
If the music started playing and you heard:
TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
HOW I WONDER…
And then the music stopped, you would proceed to sing:
WHERE YOU ARE
Easy enough! Well we’ve created for you a Christmas song version that your friends will absolutely love. The songs range from traditional to modern songs. Some are from movies and some are sung by pop artists. A few of the lyrics are very common lyrics in the chorus of a popular song and others are lines in the middle of a verse you may have never heard of.
When we played with our family we put a little spin on it that makes it a fun team game. We have also created a FREE PowerPoint download for you that includes 25 questions with the sounds clips already embedded into the slides. The slideshow is built with animation and hyperlinks that will let you easy go back to the home slide and erases the questions you’ve already done!
Here’s what you will need to play:
• The free Christmas Singing Bee PowerPoint
• A giant dice (a regular dice will do, but will be much less exciting)
• Printed out instruction reminders
• Friends/family divided into two teams
• One minute timer (you can use an a phone, watch, or online timer)
• Paper to keep score
It is best to play this game in a room where you have a TV or some kind of screen to project the PowerPoint along with room for 2 teams to sit. The teams can be as big or small as you could like. Go ahead and set the screen up by sharing the first slide of the PowerPoint that is numbered 1-25.
Print out a copy of the instructions reminder for each team to reference throughout the game. You could also get creative and put the instructions on a poster board that everyone can see. These instructions will show what each number of the dice represents when it is rolled on a player’s turn.
Have both teams order themselves in the terms of who will go first, second, third, and so on. Once both teams have established their order, choose a team to go first. The first player on the first team will go first. He/she will roll the dice at the beginning of the turn. The number the dice lands on determines if the player will be answering alone or getting help, if they get to listen to the song more than once, or if they get any extra time. Refer to the instructions you have posted in the room.
Once the dice is rolled and it is determined how the round will be played, the player picks a number 1-25. The host will click on the number chosen to go to that specific slide on the PowerPoint.
CAREFULLY, hover over the speak image that is show in the upper left side of the screen. A bar will appear that shows a play button and the length of the sound click. Click the play button to start the sound clip. DO NOT click anywhere else on the screen or you will reveal the answer prematurely.
Once the sound clip ends, set the timer to one minute and the player must attempt to finish the song. Depending on what the player rolled, they might get a little extra help answering. If the player…
• Rolled a 1: They have to answer alone, get no replays, and only one shot at answering.
• Rolled a 2: They have to answer alone, get one replay, and only one shot at answering.
• Rolled a 3: They have to answer alone, get one replay, and an extra shot at answering.
• Rolled a 4: Anyone on the team may answer, they get no replays, and only one shot at answering.
• Rolled a 5: Anyone on the team may answer, they get one replay, and only one shot at answering.
• Rolled a 6: Anyone on the team may answer, they get one replay, and an extra shot at answering.
One the player (or team) answers, click anywhere on the screen to reveal the correct answer. If the player/team gets the question right, they are rewarded a point. If the player/team gets the question wrong you have two choices of gameplay:
1. You could give the other team a chance to answer and steal the point
2. Simply reveal the correct answer and move on
Once the question is over, play moves to the next team and the next player in line will roll and choose a new number.
Play continues back and forth until all 25 numbers have been chosen.
The team with the most points at the end of the game wins! Want to give the winning team inexpensive prizes they will love? Check out this list of ideas that won’t break the bank.
Party on, friends!