Party Games for Older Children

Following the popularity of last years post ‘Stuck for Kids Christmas Party Game Ideas?‘ by Best Kids Party giving some wonderful ideas of how to keep the little ones entertained during  festive season parties, we’ve be trying to find some great party games that will appeal to older children. Ages 7 to teens.

 

The Name Game

Each player writes down the name of  5 well known people, and the names are put into a hat. One at a time, each player draws a name from the hat and has to describe to the other’s who is written on their piece of paper without mentioning their name. You can make this more competitive by splitting the players into teams and in turns one player describes as many people to their own team as they can in a minute. The team scores a point for each correctly guessed answer and they can pass (the name goes back in the hat) if they are really struggling. The more competitive version is also a fun game for adults to play!

 

Charades

One game I’m everyone has heard of or played at some time or another, but it’s a great one to play with children. As per the previous game you can keep it simple by each person taking a turn  and who ever guesses goes next or you can make it more competitive by splitting into teams.

For Charades you have to act out a phrase or title of a song, book or film without speaking.

If you’re playing non-competitvely the person acting out the title can decide for themselves what they are going to act out. But if you’re playing the more competitve version it’s more fair if each team writes down some suggestions for the other team to guess and it’s also a good idea to set a time limit (you can decide what the time limit should be depending on the age of the players). Teams take it in turn to act one of the written down suggestions.

To start off the actor must indicate to the other players what the theme is (is it a book, film etc). Remeber that they can’t speak at all so:

  • Book title:Unfold your hands as if they were a book.
  • Movie title:Pretend to crank an old-fashioned movie camera.
  • Song title:Pretend to sing.
  • TV show: Draw a rectangle to outline the TV screen.
  • Quote or Phrase: Make quotation marks in the air with your fingers.

To give some clues as to what they are describing the actor can let the other players know

  • Number of words in the title:Hold up the number of fingers.
  • Which word you’re working on: Hold up the number of fingers again.
  • Number of syllables in the word:Lay the number of fingers on your arm.
  • Which syllable you’re working on: Lay the number of fingers on your arm again.
  • Length of word: Hands close together or far apart
  • “On the nose”(i.e., someone has made a correct guess): point at your nose with one hand, while pointing at the person with your other hand.
  • “Sounds like”: Cup one hand behind an ear.

If the team guesses the correct answer within the time limit they score a point. And the team with the most points wins!

 

Consequences

One game I always loved playing with my cousins, ranging from 4 years younger to 2 years older and sometimes with adult members of the family, was a game called ‘Consequences’.

You will need a sheet of paper and a pen for each player.

Nominate someone to tell everyone what they need to write. They can play too.

After each person has written something down, the paper must be folded so the answer can’t be seen and then passed on to the next person. Always pass the paper in the same direction (it may help if the players are sat in a circle, but not so close that they can see each other’s answers).

So starting at the top of your piece of paper and the first thing everyone needs to write down would be:

 

A man’s name – This could be someone you know, a celebrity, a fictional or cartoon character, or a random name. Hopefully everyone will come up with very different answers.

 

 

Then fold the paper so the answer cannot be seen and pass on to the next person.

 

A woman’s name – one again fold the paper and pass it on.

 

These are the remaining things to write down, after each one, fold and pass on:

 

  • Where they met
  • What he said to her
  • What she said to him
  • What he was wearing
  • What she was wearing
  • Where they got married
  • Where they went on honeymoon
  • And finally, what the consequence was. (What happened to them.)

When all the answers have been written down pass the paper on one final time and then get ready to read out the stories.

 

Don’t unfold until it’s your turn to read!

One by one read out the answers in a story, (this one is based on common answers when my family used to play) so:

‘Superman met Grandma Doris at Tesco.

He said to her “Wow, you’re pretty” she said to him “what time’s the next bus, I’m going to the Library”.

He was wearing scuba diving gear and she was wearing an orange and purple mini dress with green Ugg boots.

They got married at the zoo, they went on their honeymoon to Wigan pier and the consequence was they had 8 children and went to live on the moon.’

With children the answers can be really silly and usually results in lots of uncontrollable laughter! It’s also a great game for younger children’s writing and reading skills as well as a great way to use their imagination and interact.

I can’t wait to play this with my son as he gets older as it brings back wonderful memories of family Christmases.  

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