Got a tween birthday party coming up and in need of some ideas? When you go past the Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Pass the Parcel stage you need games that will keep the 8-12 year olds engaged and interested. So here are 20 highly entertaining party games for tweens that are tried-and-tested for party success!
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While kids this age are more likely to entertain themselves, or have precise ideas on how they want their party to go, having some ideas to hand is really useful.
Most of these party games for tweens require little preparation or special props, but provide plenty of fun!
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Fun Party Games for Tweens
#1. Grape in Flour
You will need a plate, flour, a knife and some grapes. Put one grape balanced on top of a mountain of flour. Each child has to take a turn to slice away chunks of flour without knocking the grape.
The loser who knocks the grape ends up with their face pushed into flour!
#2. Donuts on a String
Using donuts with a hole in the middle, tie the donuts onto some string and hang in a row. Each child has to have a go at eating a donut without touching or licking the sugar off their lips.
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#3. Truth or Dare
Prep some truth or dare questions (it helps to control things a little so the questions don’t get out of hand!) on slips of paper and put them in a jar. Each person takes a turn to pick one and has to tell the truth or do a dare.
Here are 100 truth or dare questions from Momof6.com that will help you get a head start on one of the most classic party games for tweens!
#4. Would You Rather…
This game can get quite fun, especially if you start it off with some gruesome questions. In my experience this age group loves anything to do with farts, burps, bums and slurps! Here are some ideas to get you going:
- Would you rather… eat a slug or lick a snail?
- Would you rather… live in a damp cave or a windy treetop?
- Would you rather… kiss a frog or eat a toad?
If you have a birthday near Halloween, try our Halloween Would You Rather.
#5. Stack Attack
You will need 28 plastic party cups. Each person has 60 seconds to stack the plastic cups in a pyramid shape and then unstack them all back again.
#6. Pile Up the Dice
You will need flat craft sticks or popsicle sticks and 6 die. Each person holds a stick in their mouth and then has to pile up the dice on top of each other without dropping them all.
#7. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a fun activity any time of the year, and we’ve got lots and lots of ideas on Mykidstime for kids scavenger hunts.
Prepare a list of 10 or more items that each team has to head outside (or it can be done indoors if really horrible weather) to find. First team back with all their items wins.
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#8. Cookie Face
You will need one cookie per player. Each player has to place a cookie on their forehead and using only their facial muscles get the cookie into their mouth in under one minute! Oh, and to make it even more interesting… no hands!
#9. Suck It Up
You will need a straw per player and some M&Ms or Smarties. Place 25 sweets onto a paper plate and the players have to suck up and transfer each M&M or Smartie to another plate in under 60 seconds. You can only use one hand to hold the straw.
You could have multiple players competing in each round. And of course everyone gets to eat their sweets at the end!