The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas

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The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas

Looking for an ice breaker this at your next party? This Saran Wrap Ball Game will do the trick! It’s sure to break the ice and a perfect way to get everyone having a good time!

The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas

I promise you that fun will be had by all when you play the Saran Wrap Ball Game! (It’s called the Saran Wrap game but I use whatever plastic wrap is on sale at the time!)  This game is an excellent ice breaker and a perfect way to get the kids and adults interacting at just about any party. My favorite part of almost any party is to see people having fun. I love all the smiles and the laughter had with good wholesome fun. This is a perfect game for all age groups too! You can make this game as fun or crazy as you want by the prizes you put in the game! They can be weird or odd prices. Or as we did, some kid friendly prices. Here are the the Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules along with some ideas for the small gifts you can place inside the ball!


The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules:

The first person with the ball starts unwrapping the ball while the person on their right rolls a pair of dice, trying to roll doubles.
Once doubles are rolled, the ball is passed to the next player and the sequence begins again.
The person with the ball does not stop unwrapping until the person to their right rolls doubles. This creates an urgency to the game! You want to roll the dice over and over again as quickly as you can so you get the ball!
You get to keep the treasures you unwrap!
You decide who starts the game. You can choose to roll the dice or go from youngest to oldest. Your choice!
We put a bigger gift in the middle!
Feel free to modify the rules a bit too!

The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas


Tips for the Saran Wrap Ball Game:

If you use one continuous strand of Saran Wrap it makes the game really easy. Try doing different strips of plastic wrap to make the game a bit more difficult. Be sure to wrap them in different directions too.
You don’t have to pick doubles as your pass rule. You can choose any number you want!
Use Press and Seal wrap to make more challenging!
If you have a large group of people playing this game, try using two large balls and start them on opposite ends of each another!
Use oven mitts, gloves or mittens to make the game more challenging!

The Saran Wrap Ball Game gift ideas:

The prizes you put in the game will depend on the party theme and the ages of the people playing.  For our game, we had a Christmas theme and the ages were from 10 years to 15 years old.

  • Candy pieces
  • Candy boxes
  • Gift cards (small amounts)
  • Matchbox cars
  • Tic Tacs
  • Christmas Bell Necklace
  • Christmas Earrings
  • Christmas Socks
  • Small Toys
  • Small Card Games

Here is a video we made to show you how to make this Saran Wrap Ball Game.


The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas


The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas


The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas


The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas


The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas


You could get really crazy with this game depending on the theme of the party!  It would be really fun to see this as a baby shower game or even a bachelor party theme too!  Or you could just make this a wacky type game with really off the wall type gifts too.  How about gifts ideas like a tire pressure gauge or hand warmers.  You name it!  The key is to make the gifts small enough to be able to wrap in the ball.  Make sure they are somewhat bendable if they are not small (like the socks in the photo).

I used one box of 300 ft Saran Wrap and this game lasted us about 7 minutes!


Feel free to Pin It on Pinterest for later!

The Saran Wrap Ball Game Rules and Ideas

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  1. So much fun! We make everyone put on large oven mitts b4 they can unroll and while the dice is going. Makes it more challenging but fun too!

  2. A fun addition is to buy the wrapped coal candy and add it throughout the ball. When someone unwraps a piece of coal, the game stops and because they were “”naughty“ they can steal a prize from someone.

  3. We have made this a Christmas tradition in our family-and everyone has so much fun they look forward to it each year! Last year our ball weighed 42lbs! All stuff from the dollar store. It’s much more challenging to cut the Saran wrap in different lengths and wrap it in different directions as you create the ball. This year I will have them wear gloves to make it more challenging-.

    1. This has became a tradition with us also! I told everyone I wasn’t going to do it last year to cut cost, and they all said NO THIS is OUR FAVORITE! So we will continue . I usually hit the $1 store also but always have some gift cards

  4. We are playing this game this year and we are adding numbers 1 thru 9 because there will be 10 people present. If someone gets a number they get a side prize for the end of the game. Then one by one, whoever got a prize, will unwrap it and draw an uno card. There are only 9 cards. We used a wild card that can be used at any time to take any bodies gift they want. We had 3 skip cards- one said skip to left, skip to right, skip all together. draw two – move two people, etc…… do whatevery looking forward to it

  5. We had candy bars that had numbers on them. the numbers were assigned to gift cards that were outside of the saran wrap ball. Fun for all ages

  6. I did two of these last year. One for our youth group and one for my family Christmas. In both cases everyone had a blast! Everyone was laughing even watching was great fun! The ball I made for my family was very large. I even added 2 different Tupperware bowls when the ball got to the size to fit right into the bowls. I put a lot into these and it was totally worth it!!! You could even do a “white elephant” themed ball. This year I’m giving $1 gloves to everyone to use.

  7. I did this for my youth Sunday School class Christmas Party, in the very center I put a Mango pepper that had been hollowed out and I put the largest amount gift card inside it. I told them there was a special prize in the center. It was so funny and they had so much fun they can’t wait to do it again this year.

  8. We played this at our office Christmas party. We had 5 tables. 1 ball and set of dice per table. In the center of each ball was a wrapped gift. The “winner” could then choose to keep the gift or pass it to the person on their left and take the “mystery gift” for their table. They wrapped gifts in the centers of the balls contained small gender neutral gifts worth between $5-$10. Some of the mystery gifts were gag gifts and some had $15 gift cards. We used this as our “ice breaker” numbering people off as they came in so people were forced to sit with someone other than who they came with. It was a lot of fun!

  9. We played this game yesterday Christmas it was so much fun I used 600 square feet of saran wrap we had 7 people I included small liquor bottles for the adults it lasted about 20 minutes everyone said they had fun

  10. We played this game last Friday night at my Christmas party, you talking about fun. It was fun fun fun, we laughed so hard our tummies were hurting!!! Everyone please try it.

  11. I added small wrapped gifts. As each person came to a wrapped gift, they must stop and unwrap. While they other person is still trying to roll doubles. This added a wonderful extension of time to the game.

    1. That is a fantastic idea to extend the game!! We have played before and while we had the most fun, we were sad the game ended so quickly. This year we are going to put only small things inside but there will be larger prizes throughout, that will be wrapped and mystery prizes.

  12. I made 2 of these balls last year. What fun! Ater the first one I did discover it’s better to not do it in one continuous strip of Saran. Break it off to make it more difficult. Go to the dollar store. You can get tons of stuff there. I was able to make Hugh balls. More fun! I plan to do this again this year for our annual get together.

  13. We are going to play this game at our family and friends Christmas gift exchange ( first time to play this) I am going to have each player wear a oven mit on their dominit hand, there will various ages from 70s+ down to 4 yr old. I am expecting there to be lots of fun and laughs!!!!

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