40+ Grinch Activities For Children That Are Just Perfect

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss is an iconic piece of children’s literature that was published in 1957 as a critique of the commercialization of Christmas. The book was a staple in my childhood, and it is turning out to be my kids’ favorite book as well. 

Since it is a Christmas tradition in my family, and in many other families, to read How the Grinch Stole Christmas 📕, over the years, I have created several snacks, arts & crafts projects, and games inspired by the Grinch to entertain my family 👪. 

Best Grinch Activities for Kids 

In the next section, I’ll be listing my children’s favorite activities, arts & crafts projects 🎨, and snacks inspired by How The Grinch Stole Christmas. These are super easy activities that even preschoolers can participate in. 

I started involving my kids 🧒 in these activities when they were really young and quickly observed that these activities not only stimulated them in an engaging manner but also taught them a thing or two. I hope that you and your kids are able to do the same. 

Heart On The Grinch Game 

Pin the Heart ♥️ on the Grinch game is a fun activity to do with your kids during the holidays. To create this Dr. Seuss-inspired game, Print a large poster of the Grinch or draw it and paste it on a cardboard or poster board. 

Also, print or draw some generic red hearts. Behind each heart, paste double-sided tape. To play this game, blindfold the kids and ask them to place the heart on the Grinch. 

I Would Help the Grinch Feel Happy By Activity 

Are your children at a stage of development where they can form sentences? My children’s response to this activity is something I’ll treasure forever. 

What You Need: 

For this activity, you’ll require green and red construction paper, markers, scissors ✂️, and ruled sheets of paper. 

Steps: 

  • I have two children, so I drew two Grinch faces with a marker and then cut them with scissors. 
  • Draw two hearts on the red construction paper and draw two smaller hearts on the ruled sheets of paper. Paste the ruled sheet on top of the red heart. Finally, paste the face of the Grinch poking behind the red construction. 
  • On top of the rule sheet, write ‘I Would Help the Grinch Feel Happy By.’ 

Once done, ask your child to write how they can help the Grinch feel happy 😀. 

Pro Tip:

If you are not comfortable with drawing the Grinch, then you can print a large picture of the Grinch. 

Punch Inspired by Grinch 

This Grinch-inspired punch recipe is a festive treat for your children. My kids love the Grinch, and when they wanted to have a Christmas 🎄 party with their friends, I decided that this would be the perfect mocktail for the kiddos. 

What You Need: 

To make the punch, you’ll require pineapple juice, ice, lemon-lime Kool-Aid, and Sprite 🫙. 

Steps: 

  • Depending upon the number of kids attending the party, mix Kool-Aid mix and water until the mixture has completely dissolved. 
  • Add the pineapple juice and ice to the Kool-Aid mix and mix it well. 
  • Top this mixture with Sprite before serving. 

Pro Tip

This drink mixture can be kept in the refrigerator if it hasn’t been mixed with Sprite. You can also replace Sprite with another lime-based carbonated drink. 

Grinch Popsicle Stick Craft 

This is one of the most loved activities and my personal favorite, I must say!

What You Need: 

Popsicle sticks, green paint, scissors, red construction paper, black marker, green feathers, glue, and white pom pom. 

Steps: 

  • Stick 4 to 5 popsicles and paint them green. 
  • Smear glue on the bottom of the popsicles and paste the green feathers 🪶 on it. 
  • Draw a Santa hat on red construction paper and cut it. Paste a white pom pom at the end of the hat
  • Paste the hat on the popsicle sticks. 
  • Draw the Grinch’s face using a black marker. 

Grinch-inspired Fruit Snack 

Ah, another of my favorite activities!

What You Need: 

To make this Grinch-inspired fruit snack 🍇, you’ll require whipped cream, mini marshmallows, banana marshmallows, strawberry, pear, toothpick, cupcake lines, and an edible black ink pen. 

Steps: 

  • Remove the green top of the strawberry and insert a toothpick through the center with it poking on either side of the strawberry. 
  • On the bottom of the strawberry, place the mini marshmallow and secure the strawberry on the pear. 
  • Using the banana 🍌 marshmallow from two Grinch eyes. Take the edible marker and draw the pupils. Using the toothpick, secure the marshmallows on the pear. 
  • Draw the rest of the Grinch’s face with the marker. 
  • Make the Grinch’s collar by placing the pear on a cupcake liner. To make Santa’s hat, put some whipped cream around and on top of the strawberry. 

The fruit snack is ready to serve to the kids. 

Pro Tip: 

Ask your older kids to help you with this activity. 

Grinch Oreo Pops 

If fun activities are what you are looking for, these should be your absolute favorite. 

What You Need: 

To make these Oreo 🍪 pops, you’ll need Oreo cookies, wooden skewer sticks, green candy melts, banana marshmallows, black edible markers, strawberry marshmallows, mini marshmallows, and toothpicks. 

Steps: 

  • Cover the Oreo cookies with the melted green candy. 
  • Cut the banana 🍌marshmallows in the shape of the Grinch’s eyes and draw the pupils using the edible marker. Paste it on the Oreo Cookies. 
  • Insert the skewer in the center of the Oreo and place the red marshmallow on top of the cookie. Your Grinch-inspired Oreo pops are ready. 

Grinch Slime Recipe 

Who doesn’t love slime? Well, my little ones do!

What You Need: 

To make Grinch slime, green glitter glue, liquid starch, glitter, heart 🫶sequins, and small Grinch figurines. 

Steps: 

  • In a large plastic mixing bowl, pour two cups of green glitter glue. 
  • Add heart sequins, additional glitter, and liquid starch, and mix until the desired consistency is reached. 
  • Remove the slime once it has formed and knead it further with dry hands 🖐️. 

Your kid is ready to play with this slime. 

Grinch Pretzels 

Pretzels!! Ah! This not only sounds fun but is fun!

What you need: 

Mini pretzels 🥨; white, red, yellow, bright green, and dark green candy melts; and chocolate chips. 

Steps: 

  • Melt white, red, yellow, bright green, and dark green candy melts in different bowls in the microwave. 
  • Place a large parchment paper on a baking tray and place the pretzels🥨 on it. 
  • Cover the pretzels in melted green candy melts. Take a spoon and use the red and white candy melts to make Santa’s hat. 
  • Use the yellow candy melts to make the Grinch’s eyes. 
  • Pour melted chocolate chips into a piping bag and cut a tiny hole. Pipe the rest of the Grinch’s face. 

Grinch Playdough 

Playing with Grinch playdough is a fun, easy, and engaging activity for little children. Did you know that your child’s fine motor skills are strengthened by playing with dough?

For this Grinch-inspired playdough, use red and green playdough. 

Grinch Bath Bombs 

To make bath time more fun, check out my recipe for homemade Grinch-inspired bath bombs 🛁. I asked my kids to help me with this, and they had a bunch of science-related questions. 

What you need: 

Epsom salt, green cosmetic-safe mica powder, essential oil, water, grapeseed oil, cornstarch, baking soda, citric acid, and red heart icing decoration. 

Steps: 

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup of citric acid, Epsom salt, and cornstarch, along with 2 tbsp grapeseed oil, ¾ tsp water, and some drops of essential oil. 
  • Put some heart sprinkle in it. Mix the mixture well and press it into silicone molds of your choice. 
  • Let the bath bombs set overnight, remove them, and store them in an airtight container. 

Paper Plate Grinch Craft 

Doing arts and crafts is an extremely integral part of growing up. I used arts and crafts to teach my children the alphabet 🔤, numbers 🔢, and mathematical operations. Doing this crafts project put me and my kids right in the festive mood. 

Steps: 

  • Paint a paper plate green and draw the Grinch’s face on it using a marker. Cut around the face. 
  • Make a Christmas hat using red and white construction paper. And paste it on the top of the Grinch’s face. Your craft is ready. 

Pro Tip: 

You can decorate your child’s room for Christmas with this craft. 

Grinch Lollipops 

My kids love Jolly Ranchers. So, this Christmas, we made Jolly Ranchers lollipops🍭 inspired by the Grinch. 

What You Need: 

To make these lollipops, you need lollipop sticks and candy hearts. 

Steps: 

  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line the baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Lay the green Jolly Ranchers a few inches apart on the baking sheet and put in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  • Once it has melted, take the pan out and press a heart in the center of each melted candy, along with the lollipop 🍭 stick. Let the candy cool until the candy is hard again. 

Grinch Celery Snack 

In my family, the holiday season means eating a lot of cookies, mashed potatoes, pies, and roasts. Therefore, I came up with this Grinch-inspired snack for my children to put back something healthy in their bodies. 

What You Need: 

You’ll need celery stalks 🎋, avocado, corn 🌽, and an edible black marker. 

Steps: 

  • Clean the celery stalks and place them on a baking tray. 
  • Mash fresh avocado 🥑. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. 
  • Spread the mashed avocado on the celery stalk. 
  • Place the boiled corn kernels on the celery stalks for the Grinch’s eyes. 
  • Draw the rest of the Grinch’s face with the edible marker. 

Pro Tip: 

If your kids are not big fans of celery or avocado, then you can customize this snack with their favorite vegetables. I have tried making this with green bell peppers as well, and my kids liked it. 

Grinch-Inspired Handprint Christmas Card 

This year, my kids decided that their Christmas 🎄 cards will be the Grinch themed. 

Steps: 

  • Paint the palms of your child green and their fingers red. Press this hand on a piece of paper and ask them to wash their hands. 
  • Once the paint has dried, ask your child to use the scissors and cut around this painting. 
  • With the help of markers, draw the Grinch’s face and any other details. We glued some cotton on the Grinch’s hat. 
  • Paste this painting on a Christmas card, and your card is ready. 

Grinch Cookies 

Who doesn’t enjoy Christmas around the holiday season? 

What You Need: 

To make Grinch-inspired cookies 🍪 you require- nutter butter, light green candy melts, cocoa candy melts, and mini M&M’s. 

Steps: 

  • Melt 2 cups of green candy melts in the microwave. Cover the nutter butter in this and place them on a greaseproof sheet tray. Before it cools down, place two yellow M&M’s on each cookie for the eyes and place the cookies in the fridge. 
  • Melt a cup of cocoa candy in the microwave and pour it into a piping bag. Use it to draw the Grinch’s face. Your cookies are ready! 

Pro Tip:

You can ask your children to pick their favorite candies to decorate the cookies with.  

Describe the Grinch 

Describing the Grinch is a fun and educational activity for 1st and 2nd graders. Give your child a blank sheet with a picture of the Grinch in the middle. Ask your child to write as many adjectives as they can to describe the Grinch. 

Pro Tip:

 If the game is being played by more than one kid, then make it more competitive by setting a time limit or see who can write 20 adjectives the fastest. When my son and daughter played this game, my daughter swept the floor. 

Grinch Quesadilla 

Smacking your lips already? Wait until you read it all!

What You Need: 

To make a Grinch quesadilla, you’ll need spinach tortilla, black beans, shredded cheese, and yellow pepper.

Steps: 

  • Take a spinach tortilla and put a layer of cheese, yellow pepper, and beans on it. Cover it with another tortilla. Toast the quesadilla. 
  • Once the quesadilla has been toasted, use the beans and the yellow pepper to make the Grinch’s face. 

Pro Tip:

You can add more fillings to the quesadilla according to your preference. 

Grinch Sensory Bag 

Sensory bags are an excellent way to occupy your children for a few minutes. And I found them super easy to make as well. 

Steps: 

  • Take a sealable bag and use a permanent marker to draw the Grinch’s face on it. 
  • Pour at least 2 inches of corn syrup into the bag along with green food coloring and green glitter. 

Pro Tip: 

In order to ensure that nothing comes out of the bag, you can put the bag in another bag or seal the edge with duct tape. 

Toilet Paper Roll Grinch Craft 

My kids are big fans of the Grinch book and movie, so they had a wonderful time making their own Grinch. 

What You Need: 

To make this craft, you require cotton balls, green paint, a paintbrush, scissors, red and yellow construction paper, a glue gun, empty toilet paper rolls, and red and black markers✏️. 

Steps: 

  • Paint the toilet paper roll green. 
  • Using the yellow and red construction paper, make the Grinch’s eyes. Paste them on the toilet roll once it has dried. And draw the rest of the Grinch’s face with the black marker. 
  • Use the red construction paper to make a Santa hat. Put the hat on the toilet paper roll and glue cotton balls where the hat meets the head. Glue a cotton ball on top of the hat as well. 

Grinch Dust 

Fans of How the Grinch Stole Christmas must be aware of this parable from the book- “Don’t let the Grinch steal Christmas. You best be on your guard! Don’t go to bed on Christmas Eve Until you’ve sprinkled Grinch Dust in your yard. 

The Grinch will see this magic dust, And he’ll know you’ve taken care To protect your home and family. And to keep Christmas magic in the air!” 

This Christmas, my kids and I made Grinch dust to protect their presents. 

What You Need: 

Small ziplock bags, staplers, green sugar sprinkles, and scissors. 

Steps: 

  • In a small clear bag, pour some green sugar sprinkles and close the bag. 
  • Give your child a gift tag and ask them to draw the Grinch or write the Grinch dust poem on it. Staple the gift card onto the clear bag with the dust. 

Grinch Popcorn 

A food recipe, but also a fantastic activity!

What You Need: 

To make Grinch popcorn, you’ll require popcorn, green candy melts, and red candy hearts. 

Steps: 

  • Pop the popcorn and melt the green candy melts, respectively. 
  • Coat the popcorn with the melted green candy using a spatula. 
  • While still wet, paste the red candy hearts on the popcorn. Decorate only a few popcorn. 

Grinch Christmas Ornament Craft for Kids 

Ever since my kids were young, I have incorporated their crafts as ornaments on the Christmas tree. This year, we decided that the ornaments will be the Grinch-themed 🎄.

Steps:  

  • In a clear plastic bulb ornament, I asked my children to place pom poms of different shades of green and sizes. 
  • After closing the bulb, I gave them a red marker and asked them to draw on the plastic bulb. And voila, your Grinch-themed ornament is ready. 

Pro Tip:
You and your kids can put your own spin on this ornament, like adding new filling, making designs, etc. 

Grinch Pudding Paint 

When my children were young, I found that painting helped them not only express themselves but also taught them the names of color and color theory. This pudding paint exercise is for toddlers and preschoolers. 

To make Grinch-inspired pudding paint, mix green food coloring with vanilla pudding and some water. Give your child paper plates to use the green paint on. 

Grinch Tissue Paper Craft 

With kids home from school for the holidays, you can easily keep them busy with this easy crafts project. 

To make the Grinch-inspired tissue paper craft, provide your kids with green, red, and yellow tissue paper, construction paper, a photo of the Grinch, glue, and scissors. Ask your children to use tissue paper instead of paints and pencils to make a caricature of the Grinch. 

Where’s the Grinch’s Heart? 

For this exercise, mix green food coloring with water and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Put a red candy in one or two of the ice cubes before freezing. Pop the ice cubes in a large plastic container and ask your child to find the Grinch’s heart. 

Pro Tip: 

If your kids are young and don’t know how to melt ice, show them how to melt ice using salt. 

Grinch Gloves 

Do your kids want Grinch-inspired attire for Christmas? Then, try out this glove 🧤makeover. 

What You Need: 

For Grinch gloves, you’ll need one pair of green gloves (buy more for the number of kids you have), green marabou fabric, needle, and thread. 

Steps: 

  • Sew the green marabou fabric on the fingers and on the wrist of the glove. Repeat the process until all of the gloves are covered with marabou. Your Grinch gloves are ready to be worn. 

Pro Tip:

While sowing the marabou on the gloves, make sure that you don’t sow the fingers too short. My kids also wanted to decorate their gloves with a marker. You can do that too. 

Grinch Marshmallow Pops 

My kids love marshmallows, so when Christmas came around, I decided to make them Grinch-inspired marshmallow pops. 

Steps: 

  • Take a wooden skewer and put three to four marshmallows on it. 
  • Cover the marshmallows with melted green melts. Using an edible marker, on the top marshmallow, draw the Grinch’s face. 
  • You can make Santa’s hat by placing a strawberry on top of the marshmallows. 

Grow the Grinch’s Heart 

My son loved this experiment. 

What You Need: 

For this exercise, you’ll need- green balloons, a red marker, a disposable plastic bottle, a funnel, baking soda, and white vinegar. 

Steps: 

  • Ask your child to draw a heart ♥️ on the green balloon using the red marker. Using a funnel, fill the balloon with two spoons of baking soda. 
  • Add some vinegar to the bottle. 
  • Without dumping the baking soda into the bottle, attach the balloon to the water bottle.
  • Once the balloon 🎈 is secured on the bottle, pour the baking soda into the bottle. You’ll quickly notice the balloon filling with air on its own. 

Pro Tip: 

As the chemical reaction starts, explain to your child the reason behind the balloon expanding. 

Grinch Fruit Kebab 

Every Christmas, my kids devour chocolate, candies, and other festive desserts. While I am all for it, I do like to mix some healthy snacks for them so their bodies don’t feel too bad afterward 🍉. 

What You Need: 

To make the Grinch fruit kebab, you require grapes, sliced bananas, and strawberries. 

Steps:

  • Take a toothpick and insert a grape on it. 
  • Then slide a banana slice and top it off with a strawberry. 

Pro Tip: 

You can customize the fruit kebab with your favorite fruits. 

Conclusion 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is an iconic children’s book that has been a Christmas 🎄 staple for many families around the world for generations. 

To formulate the activities and snacks listed above, I used my children as test subjects and only recommended the games and snacks that they actually enjoyed. 

As your children grow older, it is amazing to get them involved in family traditions and create a loving holiday atmosphere. I hope you and your children 👪 have a lot of fun partaking in these activities as well. Can’t wait to hear your comments on what was your favorite game to play. 

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