Winning DIY game ideas that will keep the fun flowing this festive season

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Family are playing charades at christmas time in the living room of their home. It's the mother's turn and everyone is trying to guess.

KEEP the family entertained over the holidays with plenty of games at the ready.

Here are three that are great fun and can be easily adapted to play for free . . . 

Here are three ways to have a great time and enjoy your family festivities for free

THE SOCK GAME: Fab for all ages.

Spin to determine which item you must find, then reach into a sock and feel around to locate it.

John Lewis has 20 per cent off the game, taking it to £15.99. But it’s easy to create a home-made version.

Find around 20 small items from your house — a button, coin and hair clip are some ideas — then take a big sock and pop them in.

Instead of spinning, write down items on folded pieces of paper, with each player picking from a hat.

Split into two teams and the first to find 11 items wins.

BAD PEOPLE: This hilarious game is better suited to adults.

Each player votes for a person in answer to a question from a randomly drawn card.

For example: Who would you call for help if you needed to leave the country?

The game costs £24.99, new at WHSmith — or download a list of questions for free at badpeoplegame.com.

Try coming up with your own questions if you are feeling inspired.

It is fun to vote and see who wins but you can also add a twist, with forfeits for players who secure the most votes.

HERD MENTALITY: This game is suitable from around ten years and above.

The aim is to give the same answer to a question as other players, to win cows.

If your answer does not match anyone, you get the “angry cow”.

Buy new for £20 at The Works or you can, again, create your own version for free.

Come up with your own question or search online for “family feud questions” and you will find lots of examples that work.

Instead of winning cows, award points and the player with the highest total wins. Simple — but fun.

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