Birthday Party Games for Ages 9 to 12

by Krystal Miller
Use marshmallows for a building game for tweens.

Use marshmallows for a building game for tweens.

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Tweens, ages 9 to 12, usually attend parties looking to mingle, gossip and simply hangout with friends. However, if you are hosting the party, create some party games the tweens will enjoy playing. Games will introduce the children to one another, as well as give the tweens a chance to make some new friends. Boys and girls will enjoy earning prizes like hair accessories, small electronics and gift cards for winning the games.

Building Games

Give each tween a bowl of marshmallows and pretzels sticks. The kids have five minutes to build the tallest tower they can using only the marshmallows and pretzel sticks. The player with the tallest standing tower after five minutes wins the game. You can also use a deck of cards instead of the food. For a variation, play the game in teams versus individually. Award prizes to the tallest towers. If a tower falls before the timer goes off, the players can start again.

Beach Ball Games

Write dares all over a beach ball and write a point value beside each dare using a permanent marker. Sample dares include "stand on your head for one minute" and "sing part of your favorite song." Have the kids sit in a circle and toss the beach ball to one another. When a player catches a ball, she must do the dare under her right thumb. If she completes the dare, she earns the points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins. For another game, have the tweens play a game of volleyball using a beach ball. The first team to score 10 points wins the game.

Candy Games

Most tweens love candy and treasure hunts, so combine both into one game. Hide several pieces of candy all over the play area and give each tween a bag. The players can keep all the candy they find and the player who finds the most candy wins an additional prize. For added excitement, play this game in the dark and give the tweens a flashlight to search for the candy.

Potato Games

Divide the players into two teams and have them line up at a starting line. Mark a run-to line 20 feet from the starting line and place two empty buckets on the line. Give each player a potato. When you say "Race," the first two players in line must place the potato between their thighs and race to the run-to line. They must drop the potato into their team bucket. If they miss, they must pick it up and keep trying until they make it. Each player must do the same thing. The first team to finish wins the game. For another potato game, the players can carry the potatoes on spoons to the buckets on the run-to line. Each player must do this and the first team to finish wins the race.

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