Wrapping Paper Fashion Show

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We’ve all tried to save the wrapping paper from Christmas at some point. It’s too pretty to simply throw away, but we don’t always wrap up next year’s presents in the same paper, do we?

A better use of the paper is to simply entertain the kids once they become bored of their presents. You just need to save the wrapping paper from opened presents on Christmas day for this activity. The wrapping paper fashion show should entertain the kids for 45 minutes to a full hour. However, this game is so fun that even the grown up’s will want to play.

Materials Needed:

  1. left over wrapping paper and bows
  2. scotch tape and/or masking tape
  3. enough scissors for everyone

Instructions:

Store all of the leftover Christmas wrapping paper and bows together so that you can easily pull them out when it’s time to play the game.

First of all, the family should decide who is judging. One person can judge or you can have a judge panel. If you have enough people, break the participants up into equal sized groups. Perhaps you can even have a family vs. family contest. The Christmas fashionistas must then decide who the model should be. If the boys in the household seem reluctant to play because the game has the word “fashion” in it, then you should remind them that fashion is just clothes you wear. Having a santa clause and reindeer dotted ninja turtle costume is just as much of a fashion statement as wearing a fancy, sledding penguin dress.

Each team should be given tape, a piece of paper of sketch on, and a pair of scissors. Try to evenly divide up the wrapping paper and bows between the teams. If you can’t, them just make it a free for all. Don’t allow any other materials than what’s been given. Each team has a limited amount of time to come up with an idea and make it. Give them 30-45 minutes.

Once the players have broken up into teams, they should choose one person to be the model. This game is not puppy friendly and the family cat would not like to be the kids’ model. Once time is up, have every one meet in the judging room where they can show off and explain their creations. The judges can have numerous categories of which to judge from. For example the can award the titles of cutest, coolest, Project Runway worthy, what I want for Christmas next year, most creative, etc.

Just don’t forget to take pictures!

Strange Story

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This is a fun, free game for any party. Tweens would enjoy this game the most (teenagers and adults may also be interested in the game). All you need is to be able to think on your feet and to have some creativity.

Instructions:

First, choose a narrator who will direct the flow of the story. The birthday child or child hosting the party may want to be the narrator the first time. Have all of the children gather around him or her in a circle. The narrator should be at the center.

The narrator will point to one person in the group who will begin telling the story. That person will speak until the narrator points to someone else. If no one can think of how to begin the story (which I doubt), then you should start with this opening, “Kate grabbed the knob to the door of the open house…”

The person that was pointed to picks up where the last story-teller left off (which could be mid-sentence or in the middle of producing a sound to create a word). If this new player stumbles into the story or repeats what another person had said (ex: you can’t have the spooky ghost repeat the same warning twice), then that person is out. They should scoot out of the circle and the circle should be made tighter.

Repeat this over and over again until there are just 2 people left in the circle (although it won’t be much of a circle at this point). Those 2 should wrap up your fascinating, yet strange story.

Monster Cameo Game

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What better way to celebrate Halloween than to have a dress up game. This would be a fun game for tween and teen girls. It’ll also work well for a sleepover. It would be best to make sure that your guests don’t come dressed up to this monster mash party. Use what you can find around the house. This game can take up to an hour and a half to play.

Materials Needed:

  1. 2 sets of children’s make up and/or monster make up
  2. a pile of clothes that the kids can use
  3. a pile of accessories the kids can use
  4. something to keep time
  5. optional: make up remover

Instructions:

Before the kids arrive, copy and paste the following list into a program such as Microsoft Word that you can print from:

 

Count Dracula

Frankenstien

Werewolf

Harry Potter

Witch

Witch

Bella Swan

Edward Cullen

Zombie

Zombie

Ghost

Ghost

Killer Robot

Killer Robot

Mummy

Mummy

Creepy Clown

Creepy Clown

Ghostbuster

Wicked Witch of the West

Glinda, the good witch

Salem, the cat

Sabrina, the teenage witch

Once you’ve printed out the list, cut it up into strips and put them in a bowl before the party starts. When you’re ready to play the game, show everyone the piles of clothing and accessories and tell them that we’re playing celebrity cameo. You’ll divide the parties up into 2 teams (no whining). Then the teams will choose their first person to dress up.

That person will choose a slip from the bowl without telling the other team. The rest of his or her team has 5 minutes to make them up. After five minutes has passed, switch people until a whole, spooky cast has been created. Lastly, have each group make up a skit and perform it using all of its characters.

When its done, give the children an option to take off the make up using make up wipes.

Braiding Bar

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One of the hottest trends of the 2010’s has been braids.They’re so versatile and look very cool. They’re not very easy to do by yourself. For this activity, you’ll need to hire 1-2 teenagers that are good at braiding. You can ask them to show you their Instagram photos or a braiding portfolio of what they can do before hiring them and set an agreed upon rate.

Materials Needed:

  1. 1-2 teenagers that are good at braiding
  2. 2 or 4 chairs to sit on
  3. a pack of hair ties
  4. 2 combs
  5. comb cleaning solution
  6. an image of different styles that they can braid
  7. a list for the girls to sign up to get their hair braided
  8. optional: fun hair clips, hair spray template, and wash out hair spray

Instructions:

Have the girls set up a booth 2 chairs for them to sit on and 2 chairs for the children to sit on. The girls should sign their name on a piece of paper to create a waiting list to have their hair braided. The little girls should then pick one braid out of a list of hair styles and the teenagers will braid them in order.

Let the parents know in advance if you’re doing this so that they don’t panic when they see that their child’s hair has changed. You can also buy hair templates and wash out hair spray to further decorate the braids. This activity will take a while and is best done with tweens who will have the patience to sit down while their hair is being done for so long.

If you do this, please let us know how it went!

Who am I Greek Classics

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This is a fun game to play with children who have studied the Greek gods and goddesses in school. Even Persy Jackson fans will know the characters. When kids learn about the classics differs from school to school. I’ve seen it taught in fifth grade, sixth grade, and nineth grade at different schools, so the only prerequisite is that the kids have knowledge about the Greek gods and goddesses. Thus, this game is good for ages 12+.

Materials Needed:

  1. notecards
  2. a thick marker or sharpie
  3. any tape

Instructions:

The night before the party, write down a Greek classical figure’s name on each card. Make sure that your child can recognize these figures or that they have often appeared in your child’s homework on the subject. I’ve attached a list of some commonly learned about figures in the classics.

Once you’ve had about 5 kids arrive at the party, you can begin the game while the group waits for the party to start. As more kids arrive explain that that this is a human guess who game about Greek gods and goddesses. You’ll stick a notecard that they can’t see and no one is allowed to tell them who their character is. They have to correctly guess who they are based on the hints that the other kids give them.

The game is over when everyone correctly guesses who they are. Then, you can direct everyone’s attention to a different party activity or game.

Greek Classics Who am I Characters:

  1. Zeus
  2. Hera
  3. Poseidon
  4. Hercules
  5. Athena
  6. Apollo
  7. Aphrodite
  8.  Dionysus
  9. Hermes
  10. Achilles
  11. Odysseus
  12. Icarus
  13. Orpheus
  14. Ares
  15. Artemis
  16. Demeter
  17. Hades
  18. Hestia
  19. Hephaestus
  20. Helen (of Troy)
  21. Socrates
  22. Plato
  23. Aristotle
  24. Nike
  25. Prometheus
  26. Calypso
  27. Circe
  28. Gaea
  29. Adonis
  30. Cupid

2 Truths and a Lie

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This is a great ice breaker game for teens and adults. It’s also a great way to see who has a good poker face.The game best when you have a crowd of 6-10 people, but I’ve played it in a larger crowd and had fun. You can play it for free by just having the guests recite their truths and a lie from memory or you can have them write it down on a note card beforehand. I’ve played both ways and I honestly prefer to have the note card. Expect to spend 2-5 minutes per person while playing. The note card version would cost you about $7.

Materials Needed:

  1. notecards
  2. enough writing utensils to go around.

Instructions:

Ask everyone to get into a circle. Tell them the name of the game (and pass out the notecards). Tell them to write down 2 interesting truths and a lie. To goal of the game is to guess the lie.

Go around in an organized circle and try to figure out the lie one person at a time. The group rather than a single person should decide what the lie is.

Detective

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This fun sleuthing game works well for tweens, teens, and adults. You can play it at detective parties or really at any party that doesn’t have a main theme. The game is free to play and may take 5-10 minutes per round.

Materials Needed:

  1. a space to play the game

Instructions:

Have the group designate a detective who will leave the room and try to figure out who the trapper is. While the detective is out of the room, the group or host will pick the trapper, which is kind like a murderer.

The trapper will murder people by winking at them, but he or she has to do it as covertly as possible. When a guest is winked at, then he or she must fall or sit to the floor in a dramatic action.

The detective only has 2 guesses at who the trapper is.

The Sweetest Ice Breaker

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Start the party on a sugary high note with this ice breaker! Have each child pick 1-2 m&m’s that are different colors and then explain that each color of m&m is correlated with a question. Have the kids tell the others what color they have and their answers one at a time in a circle. This will allow the kids that may not know each other to find connections that’ll allow them to play for the rest of the party. 3 packs of m&m’s may cost you $7.

You can substitute m&m’s for other candies such as Skittles, but be aware of the different allergies or dietary restrictions that other kids may have. For instance, Skittles is made with gelatin, which is a meat product that vegetarians can’t eat. Other than that, this is a super fun ice breaker. We played this game at my 16th birthday party.

Materials Needed:

  1. paper with instructions about what each color means
  2. enough m&m’s

Sample Questions:

  1. How did you meet the birthday child?
  2. What is your favorite subject in school?
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
  6. Who is your favorite Disney Princess?
  7. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
  8. Where are you from?
  9. What instrument do you play?
  10. What is your favorite season?
  11. What is your favorite TV show?
  12. Do you have any siblings?
  13. What is your favorite animal?
  14. What is the best joke that you’ve ever heard?
  15. Who is your role model?
  16. What are your hobbies?
  17. What is the coolest thing that you’ve ever done?
  18. What is the nicest thing that you’ve ever done for someone?
  19. What country do you want to visit one day?
  20. What languages do you speak?
  21. Who is your favorite musician?

Octopus Pool Game

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Another great pool party game that’ll entertain everyone. You’ll just need a pool (and we also recommend hiring a life guard if you’re going to be playing this in your own backyard). It’s a fun game for ages 6+, especially those that are good swimmers. Even the older kids may want join in at the family reunion around the pool. Other than paying the lifeguard your negotiated amount, this game costs nothing!

Note: In order to generate more interest amongst the children or to use this game for a Finding Dory party/Finding Nemo party, tell the kids that it’s Hank the Octopus’ favorite game. 

Materials Needed:

  1. pool
  2. possibly a life guard (you can always ask around the neighborhood, your religious institution i.e. church, or manager of the local town pool to find certified, teen life guards who’d be happy to watch and make sure that everyone stays safe).

Instructions:

Choose one child (or adult) or have the group elect someone to be the octopus. They’ll be “it” for the game, or you simply call them the octopus.

Like the game Sharks and Minnows (link), the people that aren’t it should line up at one end of the pool and all try to swim across at once. You can have the octopus say something to start the new round such as “All clear, no octopi here” or not. Anyone who swims across without being tagged is safe. Anyone who was tagged, must hold hands with the octopus in the center of the pool.

The kids should create more of a spiral than a line. The newly tagged now have the ability to tag the swimmers trying to get across.

The last one standing should become the new octopus if you decide to play the game again.

Hula Dancing for kid’s birthday party

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This is a good activity for pool parties or parties with a tropical theme. Just make sure that you have enough space so that everyone can dance without bumping into each other and see the TV screen. All that you need is a DVD that teaches you how to hula dance or a good video from YouTube. Make sure that you screen it before you decide to use it for the party. The kids will be entertained for the duration of the video.

Materials Needed:

1. Hula dancing DVD or video from the Internet