Our family has played the Saran Wrap game for years! This Saran Wrap ball game is the perfect addition to any event, party, or Christmas game! Get ready to unwrap those prizes!
Saran Wrap Game that is a Ball to Play for Adults and Kids
Creating a Saran Wrap game is exciting and rewarding. It is a simple and effective way for guests to leave your party with an experience they’ll never forget. You don’t need extensive party skills to make this saran wrap ball.
In this tutorial, we will teach you all the faqs you need to know about the Saran Wrap game for adults and the plastic wrap game for kids! Plus, grab our free saran wrap ball game rules printable!
1. What is the Saran Wrap Game
The Saran Wrap game is a giant ball of wrapped Saran Wrap with prizes and party favors placed within the layers.
Saran Wrap (or plastic wrap) is a really great material for this activity. For example, per each layer removed, the saran wrap game prizes do not stick to the material. Therefore, the gifts wrapped up inside drop out as each layer is removed during the activity.
Tip: The wrapping comes in many types and colors. Easily find red or green for a Christmas saran wrap theme during the holiday season.
When building a Saran Wrap ball, you put the best prize in the middle. Wrap that prize with multiple layers of Saran Wrap.
Cut the saran wrap and continue to add the prizes but make sure you turn and move the items you place within the next layers while adding more layers of plastic wrap.
It is important to remember to rotate the item/prizes around to make the activity a little more challenging and fun for everyone.
Plus, it is easier to build the ball this way. You will want to add a few layers between each prize, allowing the player to unwrap more to win the prizes.
An additional tip is to cut pieces of Saran Wrap after layering the gifts periodically. This will give players that are too fast at unrolling a harder time to unwrap and win all the gifts.
Plus, a big tip when making the ball remember to rotate the gifts around. This will help make it more challenging.
Additionally, another idea is periodically to use press and seal and wrap some gifts throughout the ball.
Therefore, super speeders will have to slow down and give others a chance to win a prize. We’ve seen people use packaging tape in theirs to make it a little harder, but I have never tried it and don’t know how well it would work.
2. What Items do you Need to Play
You may already have many of these items, but if you need to purchase them for your convince, they are available through the links below.
- 2 Rolls of Saran Wrap
- Dice (Find hilarious jumbo dice!)
- Container (to roll the dice in or easily use a recycled cardboard box)
Choosing the gifts for saran wrap game is most important because that is what everyone will be looking forward to winning. It can make the difference between a cool game for adults or a fun game for kids!
3. Directions on How to Play the Saran Wrap Ball Game
The directions and rules for the saran wrap ball game are very simple. You will need to have the group of players sit in a circle.
The starting player of the round will have the ball on his or her lap. The player sitting next to the player with the ball on the left will roll a dice set until they get doubles.
After the player lands on doubles with the dice, they yell, “DOUBLES,” and receive the ball.
In the meantime, whatever the player unwrapping the ball drops out. He or she gets to keep for a prize.
The rule is that if the prize is completely unrolled from the Saran Wrap ball, then the winner will keep it.
If the prize is still stuck in the plastic layering, they will unfortunately not get to keep that item even if it’s only stuck a little bit. It will be the next player’s turn to try and win it.
The ball will continue to move to the next person on the left until everyone has had a turn or all prizes are unrolled claimed.
If you would like to use oven mitts, those bigfoot ones are optional but so fun. It makes the game (or also known as the plastic wrap moneyball) a little more challenging and hilarious to watch people use.
My brother’s boss held a work party and played this game for a scavenger hunt with office supplies, and the first prize his co-worker won was a pair of gloves.
In turn, to make it extra fun, each player had to use the gloves while unwrapping the ball after that. I thought that was a unique spin to the game.
4. Things to put in saran wrap ball for Adults
This section has details on what to put in a Saran Wrap ball for adults. We have played this cellophane ball game so often over the years, and if it’s your first time or your fifth.
We have found that these items work the best and are favorited amongst are adult players.
- Gift Cards
- Candy (Check the price on Amazon for this party mix)
- Bath and Body Works hand sanitizers
- Tickets for bigger adult prizes
- Mini alcohol bottles (These cocktail mixers would be perfect!)
- Lottery Tickets
- Funny Jokes
Tip: Have you ever thought about adding coupons to use for saran wrap game gift ideas? That could be a free coupon for a Big Mac at Mcdonalds or a free cone from Chick-fil-a. For example, after you place an order at a food restaurant, you often have a chance to get a free burger if you fill out the survey—a perfect way to save money and add this prize to the list.
Another suggestion is to add poker chips. My aunt will add red, blue, and white poker chips during the 4th of July, and at Halloween, she’ll find black and orange-themed spooky chips.
When the player wins a chip, they can choose from the bag with that color or spooky character on it for their prize.
5. Saran Wrap Ball Prize Ideas for Kids
Good prizes for kids to collect would be party favors, trinkets, novelty items, and candy. The best prizes my kiddos love getting in their game ball are the following items.
- Temporary Tattoos (Find the best selling fake tattos on Amazon here that glow in the dark)
- Gold Coins
- Tickets for a big prize
- Candy Canes (These Bacon Candy Canes are fun!)
- School Supplies
6. Christmas Saran Wrap Ideas
Creating a decorative Christmas ball game with saran wrap is something that Santa himself would be proud of.
The elves may call it Christmas cling wrap, Rudolph might call it a Christmas wrap ball game, and Santa calls it a Christmas game with Saran Wrap ball.
We know they all have fun things to put in a Saran Wrap ball.
Money is a given! Everyone loves money that for sure is a grand prize.
However, that’s not all wrapped gifts with Christmas bows, coal, holiday lottery tickets, and Santa’s naughty list seems to be a huge hit at any adult party!
Teens, Tweens, and kids love money, to win top-selling Christmas gifts, and
iTunes gift cards.
7. The Difference Between the Plastic Wrap Game and the Saran Wrap Game
This section explains the difference between the two games. We have found that the difference is just what the host calls it.
Sometimes it is called the plastic wrap game, and other times, it’s called the Saran wrap game.
The option is yours, the instructions and fun ideas are the same and whatever you would like to call this challenge or activity is up to you.
Just be sure to wrap the items in different directions to keep it a little more challenging and fun for people of all ages.
8. The Secret to the Saran Wrap Ball (Plus, tips and tricks most people forget!)
The fillers are so important in this game! That means if you are making the ball, you will want to make sure it is full of goodies that people will actually want inside of it when guests unwrap.
They are either going to love it or hate it. For example, if you put a Christmas card inside, you may want to add a note for a small prize, medium prize, or large prize (or grand prize) that they could get after the game is over.
This is the most hilarious and funniest Christmas game to play when adding the naughty list. This takes tips, tricks, and prize giving, and party ideas to another level.
For example, create a list of guests that are going to be at the party. We have found only the adults really get the kick out of being on the naughty list. Therefore, if their name falls out, they get a sack of coal.
Another option is to skip their turn or give them some wine or a Rudolph beer in December.
Adults and kids alike are going to love this crazy, fun game! If you want to use the same idea for kids, use a Rudolph root beer instead.
This is a hugely popular Christmas game and used at New Year celebrations and all year long. So if you use the plastic wrap ball party game at a different time that is not during a holiday season, that is okay too; it makes an excellent ice breaker game idea.
9. Do’s and Dont’s of the saran wrap gift ball
Please don’t keep the prizes in the same spot while wrapping the ball. Be sure to rotate them around. This will make it more challenging and fun for everyone to have a chance to win a gift.
Don’t just wrap the gifts in plastic wrap. Cut pieces and wrap to allow it to be more challenging for gifts to fall out.
There is no ripping or tearing the ball. That means nobody can poke holes or rip them; the player can only unwrap it the right way, so it makes it fair for everyone.
Do keep a container or a box to hold the dice because this game can get wild and crazy with each player taking turns to shake the dice and trying to get doubles.
You will want to shop the clearance section, Black Friday deals, and dollar store for prizes.
You do want to take pictures of your guests unwrapping this hilarious cling wrap ball or take videos of this Christmas ball game and post them for guests to watch their selves unwrap this gigantic ball of goodies.
Free Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules Printable
We want to gift you a Saran Wrap ball game rules printable for free! We hope this will make your birthday, graduation party, Christmas game, or any other special occasion a little easier to manage. 🙂 Click through the link below, and you’ll find your free download PDF! I hope you have a wonderful time at your party!
If you have any other tips or tricks that you’ve used, we’d love to hear about them in the comments!