Indoor Party Games for Children Ages 9-12 Years are generally much easier to organize than in the earlier years. Once you have provided the basics and a little bit of structure, less supervision is required.
This is a great indoor party game, well suited for birthday parties. OK, this is probably more suited for the girls parties. The boys may prefer the alternative, which is Pizza making!
You will need: Pre-prepared cup cakes, colored icing, lollies (chocolate buttons, Smarties, M n M's, Snakes, Jelly beans etc) from Candy.com, 1 large plate. You will no doubt need to assist to some degree.
Object of the game: To decorate the cakes then eat them
Put all the lollies into separate bowls.
Prepare the icing and put into a bowl.
Put the cup cakes on a large plate.
Each child chooses a cup cake and decorates it with the icing and lollies.
Finished cup cakes are placed back on the plate ready to present and eat.
Alternatives:Pizza making - Pre buy the bases and prepare toppings into small bowls (Ham, Cheese, Tomato, Red and green peppers etc).Biscuit Making -You can buy packet mix biscuits for the children to make and decorate with lollies.
Girls Slumber Party Games
If you're looking for indoor party games for girls aged 11 years and over, check out this Slumber Party Games Pack. It has 11 fun games that the girls can play all night long...well until lights out!
And for a truly girls special celebration, why not have a
This is a fun indoor party games to get the children thinking and provide some low level action. You can make the code harder depending on the age and ability of the children. Start with this easy one. This can be a team event, the first team to break all the codes win. Perfect for indoor play anytime.
You will need: Sheet of paper and a pencil
Object of the game: To crack the code and do the action.
Create a code sheet, for example A=1,B=2,C=3,D=4 E=5).
Create several secret messages using the code sheet, with instructions of an activity,(see examples below).
Hand the codes sheet and the coded message to each of the children.
Once they have broken the code they must perform the activity.
Sing the alphabet song.
Do 5 Push ups.
Do 5 Star jumps.
Do a Handstand.
Hop on 1 leg to the count of 10.
Sing a nursery rhyme.
Alternative Code Sheets:
Count 4 letters along, for example, A=E B=F C=G D=H and so on.
Alphabet backwards, 1=Z 2=Y 3=X 4=W 5=V
Missing Vowels, Sing the alphabet song becomes Sng th lphbt sng.
Frog Juice is the perfect indoor party games for gores and boys. Cast spells, brew concoctions, melt witches. Use a smidgen of math and a pinch of probability.
Capture cards by matching or adding cards from your hand, then count the ingredients and measure the powers. A splash of strategy and the potion is magic! The player with the most points wins. Includes 59 cards and rules of play.
This is a good indoor play slumber party game. Great before bed as it's a quiet and creative game that can provide lots of laughter.
You will need: Pens and a sheet of paper for all children.
Object of the game: To create funny stories.
Hand the paper and pens out to the children.
Each child writes the opening line of a story at the top of their piece of paper.
The paper if folded over and passed to the child to the right.
The children than write the next sentence to their story.
This process is repeated until everyone has their original paper back, (6 children = 6 passes).
The children take it in turns to unfold the paper and read the story.
Variations:The children can agree to a theme for the story, for example, comedy, romance, horror, or they can decide as a group who the main characters will be.
Totally Gross The Game
Totally Gross The Game makes for the perfect indoor party games especially for boys, but some girls would love this too, so check with them first.
A dose of gross helps science make sense. This game engages kids to learn and understand all the major scientific disciplines. From biology to chemistry to zoology kids answer questions, learn amazing facts and engage in activities. It's all in the name of science!
Chase the Ace
This is a card game that's great for indoor party games, especially when there is a large group from 4 up to 30 children.
You will need: 3 counters or coins for each child, a container for the counters, a pack of playing cards. Best to play around a table.
Object of the game: To avoid being the player holding the lowest value card. King is Highest, Ace is lowest.
Hand 3 counters or coins to each player.
Place the container in the centre of the table.
Chose a dealer, who shuffles the cards.
Each player is given 1 card face down.
The player to the dealers left, looks at the card and decides if they will keep or swap the card.
If the card is a high card, example 10 of Hearts, the player may decide to keep the card.
If the card is a low card, example a 2 of Hearts, they would slide the card face down towards his neighbour on the left and says CHANGE.
The player on the left, then has to take the card and compare it with the card that he was dealt. He can choose to keep or swap the card.
The process is repeated around the table to the left.
The only time that a player can refuse to take the card given to him, is if he already holds the King, (because the King is the highest card). He then says KING. The player then shows everyone the King card.
The child to the left of the player with the King, can choose if they want to change or not change with the player to their left. If they want to change the say CHANGE.
If a player is told to change, and they pass an Ace, two or a three, he must say so. This would tell the succeeding players that the card they hold is safe so that they would not demand a change.
The dealer is the last to play. For the dealer to change they must cut the pack of cards and select the one from the top.
All players will then show their cards to everyone.
The player who is holding the lowest card losses and must put one of their counters into the container in the middle.
The next round continues with the person to the left of the dealer, becoming the new dealer.
Once a player loses all three of their counters,, they are out.
The last remaining player is the winner of the game.
Sleeping Queens is a Royalty rousing Card Game. Rise and Shine! The Pancake Queen, The Ladybug Queen and ten of their closest friends have fallen under under a sleeping spell and it's your job to wake them up. Use strategy, quick thinking and a little luck to wake these napping nobles from their royal slumbers.
Play a knight to steal a queen or take a chance on a juggling jester. But watch out or wicked potions and dastardly dragon! The player who wakes the most queens wins.
This is a fun indoor party games for 2-5 players so good for small parties. The game can be played in approx.. 15 minutes, but it's so much fun they will wan to play it again. Contains 79 playing cards and rules of play are in English.
Indoor party games for children don't need a lot of props if you choose the right one!
You will need:
A Chair, a blindfold.
Object of the game: To identify who owns the body part.
The children are assigned a partner and all sit in a circle around a chair.
1 child is chosen to sit on the chair blindfolded.
Each of the other children must take it in turns to place their hand in the hands of the blindfolded child.
The blindfolded child must feel all the hands and decide which hand is the hand of their partner.
Each child takes it in turns to sit in the chair blindfolded.
The game can be repeated using feet, elbows, hair, lips.
An indoor party games of suspense, strategy, and anticipation. Rat-A-Tat Cat Collectible Tin is a fun game with learning opportunities, I like that!
The goal is to get rid of the high cards (rats) and go for the low cards (cats). Sneak a peek, draw two, or swap cards for an added twist. Low score wins the game. (A poker face helps!)
As children play Rat-a-tat Cat indoor party games, they develop a sense of timing and an understanding of basic, but essential, mathematical concepts. They learn ways to remember their cards and strategies to figure out what cards other players might have. They also begin to develop an intuitive sense of probability.
Rat-a-tat Cat requires skill, strategy, and awareness, challenging both young children and adults. enhances the following skills: * Math * Memory * 2 to 6 players so great for small parties* Playing time: about 20 minutes, but they will have so much fun they will want to play it again. Indoor play has never been so much fun.
Murder in the Dark
Any number of players can play this indoor party games. It is best done at night so that it's dark when the lights are turned off, so it makes it a perfect sleep over party game.
You will need: A pack of cards (remove the Joker, the King and the Queen and 3 of the Jacks).
Object of the game:
The detective must identify the murderer.
Count out enough cards for the number of players. Make sure that the Ace and 1 Jack are included.
Shuffle the cards and hand them to the players. They must not show anyone their card.
The person with the Ace is the detective and the person with the Jack is the murderer.
Collect the cards back and ask the detective to identify themselves to the group.
The detective leaves the room and waits outside until 5 seconds after they hear a scream.
The lights are turned off and the other players must mix and mingle around the room.
The murderer must tap their victim on the shoulder and whisper into their ear, I am the murderer and you are now dead.
The victim must give a blood curdling scream and collapse to the floor.
Everyone except the murderer, must stand still. Only the murderer can quietly move away, if they choose too.
The detective enters the room 5 seconds after the scream and turns on the lights.
The detective looks at the victim and starts to question everyone in order to identify the murderer.
Only the murderer can tell a lie. Everyone else MUST tell the truth.
Once the detective has decided who they think the murderer is they must touch the accused murderer on the shoulder and announce I am arresting you for the murder of John Smith (name the victim).
If the detective is right then the murderer can confess.
If the detective is wrong then the true murderer can reveal themselves.
The game can be repeated after shuffling the cards.
Tips for the detective:
Ask several questions as you move around the party group. For example:
Where you friends with the victim?
Was the murderer a girl or a boy?
Have you moved since the murder?
Did you see the murder take place?
Why did you kill the victim?
You look suspicious, did you commit this horrendous crime?
Alternatively, have a look at this Murder Mystery Game which is suitable for kids 8+
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