# Games to Play at a 12-Year-Old's House Birthday Party

by Megan Kelly

When your child turns 12 years old, throwing him an enjoyable birthday party with interactive party games is an effective way to make him feel important on his special day. When planning his party, sit down with your future 12-year-old and put together a list of games he wants to play with his guests on the big day.

## Cooking Party

Have the children participate in a group baking activity with adult supervision. Find a simple cake, cookie or cupcake recipe that the kids can cook together. Assign each child a duty and help the kids as they prepare, cook and decorate the final product. The children will enjoy being able to eat a sweet treat that they created together.

## Scavenger Hunt

Create a scavenger hunt with items that can be found within your home or within close proximity to your home. You can create a theme such as specific items of a certain color, or you can create a general scavenger hunt list for items that you regularly find in a home. Some items include paperclips, acorns, writing utensils and couch change. Create a set of prizes for the first, second and third place winners, and have additional, smaller prizes for the rest of the children such as candy or party favors.

## Freeze Dance

Freeze dance is an enjoyable game for children of all ages and is sure to produce laughter and enjoyable memories. Find a few songs that the children can dance to and have everyone get into a circle in a large area such as a living room or a yard. When the music starts, instruct the children to dance. Stop the music at random intervals and instruct the children to freeze in their dancing positions when the music stops. Whoever moves when the music is stopped is eliminated from the game.

## Two Truths, One Lie

This is a game that will make the party guests use logical reasoning while having an enjoyable time. In this game, the party guests sit down in a circle and tell everyone two truths and one lie about themselves. It is up to the rest of the guests to try to figure out which statement is the lie and which statements are true. For example, someone might say, "I was born in Kentucky, I have a giant eraser collection and I have an uncle who lives in England." Watch as the children burst into laughter as they try to figure out what is true and what is false about their friends.

#### About the Author

Megan Kelly started writing professionally in 2007 when she was published in the anthology, "Lit Kids: Mama Bird and the Electric Rabbit" through Mill City Press. She is also a submissions reviewer and grant writer for "Spout Press," an independent magazine in Minneapolis. Kelly is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Minnesota.

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