Plan your 11-year-old's birthday party with a variety of games for the guests to play. Games will break the ice and introduce any newcomers, as well as give them a chance to make new friends. Keep your tween's interest in mind when planning the games and award prizes to all game winners. Get the 11-year-olds movin' and groovin' to some entertaining party games.
Get the tweens started with a shaving cream balloon game. Give each player an inflated balloon and cover the balloon with shaving cream. When you say "go," the players must shave the cream off the balloons using a plastic knife. The first player to shave off all the shaving cream without popping the balloon wins the game. For another messy game, fill several balloons with shaving cream and place them on a tarp. Once the balloons pop, the plastic tarp is slippery making it harder to pop more balloons. Each player has 30 seconds to sit on and pop as many shaving cream filled balloons as he can. The player who pops the most in 30 seconds wins the game.
Ask the players to stand in a circle outside and select one player to go first. Number off each player before the game starts. The player in the middle will toss a water balloon in the air, while calling out a number. The player with that number must run to the middle and catch the balloon before it hits the ground. If she misses the balloon or it pops, she must toss the next balloon and call out a number, but she is out of the game. If she catches the balloon, she tosses the balloon in the air, calls out a number and is still in the game. The last player standing wins the game. For a variation, have the players select a partner and see who can toss a water balloon from the farthest distance without it busting.
Have the player sit in a circle and select one player to leave the room. All the other players must select one item, such as a statue in the room or another player's shirt. The player will come back in the room and try to guess what the item is. He can ask 20 yes or no questions to try to guess what the item is. If he guesses correctly, he selects the next player to leave the room. If not, he must go back out and the players select a new item. Try another circle guessing game by handing one player a bag of random items. Make sure players cannot see through the bag. Item examples include an apple, a pine cone, a toothbrush and a plastic toy cow. When a player guesses an item correctly, award him with a prize.
Mark a starting line and a finish line 20 feet apart. Divide the players into two teams and have them line up at the starting line. Give the first player in each line a spoon and a potato. The teams must race to the finish line and back with the potato on the spoon. If a player drops the potato, she must start over. Each player in line must do the same thing. The first team to finish the race wins the game. Another relay race using the potatoes is to have the children pass the potato down their team line using only their necks and chins. The first team to pass the potato all the way down the team line wins the game.
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