Many 14-year-olds simply want to mingle, gossip and hang with friends at a birthday party. However, the teens are not too "grown" to have a little excitement with fun party games. Games also give the teens a chance to meet new people and make new friends in an entertaining way. Entice the 14-year-olds to play the games and try their best by awarding prizes such as gift cards or small electronics to winners.
Most teens enjoy getting messy, so plan a couple of games that will get the job done. Have each teen select a partner and have the pair standing facing each other 5 feet apart. Give one player in each pair a raw egg. Each time you say "Toss," the players must toss the egg to their partners. If the partner catches the egg, both members of the pair have to take a large step back. If the partner drops the egg or it breaks, the pair is out of the game. The team who can toss the egg from the farthest distance without breaking it wins the game. For a variation, play with water balloons instead of eggs.
Mark a starting line and a run-to line 20 feet apart. Divide the teens into two teams and have each team line up at the starting line. Inflate several balloons and put a piece of bubble gum inside each balloon. When you say "Race," the first player in each team line must race to the balloon. The players have to pop a balloon, get the gum, chew it up and blow a bubble before moving on to tag the next player in line. Each player must do the same thing. The first team that finishes the race wins the game. Also try classic relay races such as sack racing, running backward and carrying an egg on a spoon for a variation.
Ask the teens to sit in a circle and have the birthday girl go first. She must say "For my birthday I want a ____." If she says "MP3 player," the next player must say "For my birthday I want an MP3 player and a _____." Each player must repeat the items spoken before her and add her own. Any player who messes up the order or who cannot remember an item is out of the game. The last player who can remember all the items in the correct order wins the game. For another circle game, wrap a prize with duct tape, masking tape and electrical tape. Play music and have the players pass the gift. When the music stops, the player holding the gift can try to unwrap the gift until the music starts again. The player who completely unwraps the gift wins it.
Divide the players into teams of three or four. Give each team two decks of cards. Tell the teams they have 15 minutes to build the tallest tower out of cards. If a card tower falls before the timer goes off, they can start again. The team with the tallest tower after 20 minutes wins the game. Teams can also try to build the best outfit in 20 minutes using aluminum foil, duct tape and plastic wrap.
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