As a parent, planning a birthday party for your tween can be challenging. You want to make sure that everyone has a good time and that the games you choose are age-appropriate. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 fun games for a tweens birthday party that are sure to be a hit.
10 Fun Party Games for Tweens
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1. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to get tweens moving and working together. Create a list of items for the teams to find, and set them off to explore the house or backyard. The first team to find all the items on the list wins.
You can make this simple by sticking to a list of items like on our Indoor and Garden Scavenger Hunt printables or make it more challenging by giving clues to find the items. Here are some sample clues to get you started,
- I’m used to help you clean, but I don’t get wet. Find me where I hang in the closet. (Answer: Broom)
- You wear me on your feet, but I don’t have laces. Find me near the door where you enter the house. (Answer: Slippers)
- One of me per day keeps the doctor away. (Apple)
- I have numbers on my face, but I’m not a clock. Find me in the kitchen where you mix ingredients. (Answer: Measuring cup)
- I’m round and colorful, and I bounce when you throw me. Find me in the room with the couch and TV. (Answer: Ball)
- I have many pages and words, but I’m not a novel. Find me on the shelf with other reference books. (Answer: Dictionary)
2. Minute to Win It Games
Minute to Win It games are fast-paced and fun. Set up a variety of challenges that can be completed in under a minute, such as stacking cups, the cookie-to-mouth game, or bouncing ping pong balls into a cup. The Pragmatic Parent has a great list of ideas on what games to include during your Minute to Win It tournament.
3. DIY Photo Booth Set
Set up a DIY photo booth with props like hats, glasses, and mustaches, and let the tweens take silly photos of themselves. This is a great activity for the beginning of the party when everyone is still arriving. We are loving this Insta-Themed Social Media Party Photo Booth Selfie Frame with Emoji & Speech Bubble Props for an easy set-up. Team it with 24 Pieces Party Photo Booth Props and the tweens will be entertained for hours.
To add an extra twist to the DIY photo booth set, incorporate a “Costume Challenge” game. Provide a box of themed costumes and accessories, and challenge the tweens to come up with the most creative and funny outfit combinations for their photo session. This interactive game will encourage their imagination and lead to hilarious memories captured on camera.
Charades is a classic party game that never gets old. Write down a list of movies, TV shows, and books for the tweens to act out, and let the guessing begin.
5. Balloon Pop Challenge
Blow up a bunch of balloons and place a small prize or piece of candy inside each one. Divide the tweens into teams and see which team can pop the most balloons in a set amount of time.
6. Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is an old-school game that is still a favorite. Blindfold the tweens, spin them around a few times, and let them try to pin the tail on the donkey. You can also get this game in a variety of different animals such as cat, unicorn, fox and even a cow!
Set up a karaoke machine and let the tweens sing their favorite songs. This is a great activity for a group of tweens who love to perform.
8. Freeze Dance
This classic game is always a hit with tweens. Play some music and have your tweens dance around. When the music stops, they have to freeze in place. The last person to freeze is out.
9. Donut on a String
Donut on a string is a fun game where a donut is hung from a string, and players try to eat the donut without using their hands. To play, first, hang up one donut for each player by tieing a string to the center of the donut and securing it to a sturdy overhead object. Line up the players next to their individual donuts. When you say “go,” the players must try to eat the donut without using their hands. They can use their mouths, teeth, and tongue to grasp and eat the donut. The first player to eat the entire donut wins the game. To make the game more challenging, you can blindfold the players or make them stand on one foot while they play. Also, make sure to choose a donut that is small enough to be eaten in a reasonable amount of time, but not so small that it falls off the string too easily.
10. The Chocolate Game
To play this game, you will need a large bar of chocolate, a knife, a fork, and a pair of dice. The objective of the game is to roll doubles on the dice and then use the knife and fork to cut a piece of chocolate and eat it before the next person rolls a six.
The catch is that the chocolate is only passed around the circle when someone rolls doubles. This means that the longer it takes for someone to roll doubles, the smaller the piece of chocolate becomes. The game continues until the entire bar of chocolate is finished, and everyone has had a chance to eat a piece. To add an extra challenge and to make the game last longer have the kids wear items such as a hat, gloves, and scarf which they put on before starting to cut and eat the chocolate!
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