Birthday Games for a Large Group of Teenagers
Your teen has invited a huge amount of friends over for her birthday party and you don't know what to do with them. Games can keep the teens busy and having a blast rather than getting into mischief exploring your house. Traditional birthday party games just won't do for teenagers. Engage the teens in a variety of challenging group games that encourage healthy competition and appeal to their interests.
Divide the kids into two teams with the birthday teen as the host. The teams must answer questions about the birthday teen, such as her favorite color, favorite school subject and favorite childhood cartoon. The teams must consult with each other and ring a bell to answer. If the team who answers gets it wrong, the other team can steal the point by answering correctly. The first team to get 10 points wins. For another trivia game, divide the teams up by gender for a battle of the sexes. The hosts will ask the girls guy-related questions concerning sports or cars. Guys will answer girl-related questions concerning fashion rules or facts about women in Congress. The team with the most points after a certain amount of questions wins.
Make a playlist of the birthday teen's most favorite songs. Give each teen a paper and pen. Play just three seconds of the chorus of each song. The teens must write down what they think the song is. The teen who gets the most songs correct wins. For another indoor game, put a large, silly-looking bib on each teen and blindfold them. Feed each teen a small spoonful of baby food in different flavors. The teens must figure out the flavor and write it down. Include savory flavors the teens will likely find unpleasant, such as beef, ham and string beans. Give two points for combination baby food flavors, such as apples and chicken or sweet potatoes and turkey.
Outdoor Group Games
Divide the teens up into two teams for a game of manhunt, which is essentially a more exciting combination of hide and seek, and tag. This party is best played in a large park or throughout the whole neighborhood. If playing in the neighborhood, make sure the teens know to keep off other people's private property. Set a designated playing time, about 20 to 30 minutes. Assign one person to be the man hunter, who waits two minutes for the other teens to run and hide. He then tries to find and tag as many kids as possible. Anybody who is tagged also becomes a man hunter. There is no safety, so the other teens must avoid getting tagged for the duration of the game. Whoever is still untagged at the end of the time wins. Add a birthday element by hiding a box wrapped as a present somewhere in the game boundaries. The person who finds it is automatically protected and can stop hiding.
To play capture the flag, the teams are each given a territory, a jail and a flag. The teams must try to sneak onto each others' territory, steal the flag and make it back to their side to win. Anyone tagged on the other team's side is put in jail and can only be freed by another member of their team.
Party Duration Games
Play games that last throughout the entire party. When guests arrive, give everyone three large clothespins and let them know that a certain word is forbidden to say. It should be a common word related to birthdays, such as "happy," "gift" or "cake." Anybody who hears somebody else say the forbidden word can take a clothespin from them. At the end of the party, whoever has the most clothespins wins a special prize. For another game, tape one gift bow on the back of each teen. The teens must try to steal each others' bows throughout the game, but can only place them on their backs. The teen with the most bows at the end wins.
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