When 14-year-olds gather for a birthday party, having games for them to play can create a more enjoyable and memorable time. Even though the teens may be “too grown” for childish games, planning games around the teens' interests is a sure way to encourage them to play along. Awarding gift cards is also an enticing way to get the teens to participate and try their best.
The teens can play individually or you can divide them into teams of two or three. Give each teen or group a roll of duct tape. Players have 15 minutes to design a craft with the duct tape. After 15 minutes, each player must explain his craft. For a variation, play in teams and give each team duct tape, plastic wrap, masking tape, electrical tape and foil. Have them come up with a craft using only those supplies. Award prizes to the most creative, funniest, silliest and scariest creations.
Play a game of mystery foods by having the teens take bites of food and try to guess what it is. Use baby food and label each jar. Have the children take a bite and write down their guess on a sheet of paper. The player with the most correct guesses wins a prize. For another idea, have the players taste condiments such as mayonnaise, mustard, relish or ketchup. Give the teens a sugar rush by playing this game with different types of candy bars.
Write down the names of different popular stars the teens will know on index cards. Divide them into two teams and select one player to go first. That player must draw a card and act out the named star. His team has 30 seconds to guess the star. If they guess correctly, they earn a point. The first team to score 10 points wins the game. Other charades ideas include movie titles, current pop singers and animals.
Create a few games using apples. Hang apples by their stems from a clothesline or tree at each teen’s face height. Have each teen stand in front of an apple. When you say “Go,” the first teen to take a bite out of the apple with his hands behind his back wins the game. For another apple game, have all the teens select a partner. They must place the apple between their foreheads and complete requests from you. If at any time they drop the apple, they're out of the game. The last couple standing wins the game. Requests may include jumping, doing the twist or dancing freely.
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