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Teenagers can be a hard bunch to entertain, especially in this age of cell phones, and video games. The regular kiddie party games just aren't going to cut it with this group.
The key to success with teen party games is to mix some simple but fun, frugal teenage party games with some great kids party food, then add some great music for dancing.
Truth or Dare
Two Truths and A Lie|
React and Act
The Number Game
Since you can need teenage birthday party games at any time of the year check out our list of indoor party games to add to your game plan, as well as this list of fast paced board games frugally available for around $20 each.
You'll only need one or two to round out the party. These are the games my family owns and we love them all.
Charades is a pretty straight-forward teenage party game and requires nothing more than a timer of some sort. For teens using names of popular movies and song titles works well. Also using popular TV show titles can be fun.
Charades is a game that requires pantomime or acting out a phrase and having your team guess within the allotted time.
Start by separating into two teams. Each team chooses several movie, book, TV show titles or popular phrases. At least three people on the team should have heard of the term in order for it to be used.
There are some basic pantomimes that everyone should be made aware of:To Indicate Categories:
These should be enough to get everyone started.
Have each team choose 4-6 phrases for the other team to guess. Write them on slips of paper. Teams go back and forth with one member picking a phrase to act out and have their team guess within the allotted time.
Karaoke is a perfect teenage party game. A phenomemon that started in Japan, Karaoke, makes one person or a small group the center of attention as they perform popular songs for the crowd.
Different than simply playing music and lip syncing, having a karaoke machine allows you to play specially made Cd's and have the words to the songs scroll across your TV.
Whether you're singing or just watching having Karaoke as one of your teenage party games can be a lot of fun for everyone..
Have players sit in a circle and decide who will be first. That person then chooses someone to either answer a question or perform a dare.
Once that person has either answered or done a dare it's their turn to pick the next person.
The nature of this teenage party game is that the questions or dares be silly or mildly embarrassing, but not mean spirited or upsetting to any of the players.
I was a bit hesitant to allow this game with teens but found the easy solution was "The Truth or Dare Box of Questions". This box comes full of great questions and silly dares that will provides lots of safe fun for everyone.
It also gives you the opportunity to screen all the questions ahead of time. If there is one that doesn't sit well with you just pull it out of the box. Then sit back and let your teen guests enjoy a fun, and at times, hilarious game of Truth or Dare.
Name some judges and have a dance contest. The kids might not go for it until you start playing some of their favorite tunes. They're going to be dancing anyway so throwing some prizes in the mix for the most creative or the most talent will only add to the fun.
This teenage party game can be played 2, 3 or more at the same time.
You'll need medium bags of M&M's and 6 plastic cups for each player. Using clear plastic cups is best for this game.
This game is played most easily around a table. Each player stands in front of a pile of M&M's (divide them equally among the players) with 6 cups in front of the pile. One cup for each color of M&M's.
On "GO" the players, using one hand only, have to grab the candies one at a time and sort them into the right cups. Reds in the red cup. Blues in the blue cup and so on.
The first player to get all the M&M's sorted wins.
* This game works just as well with skittles or any other multi-colored candy pieces.
For another great teenage party game that uses M&M's and not much more check out the Candy Game, on our indoor party games page.
This teenage party game requires full boxes of tissues, but if you buy them at the dollar store it's great frugal fun.
All you need is one rectangular box of tissues for each player, and some double sided tape. (Or just use loops of regular tape.)
Each box will need to be taped down to a flat surface and each player will need a little space. If you have a set of TV trays they work great.
Set up players standing behind a taped down tissue box. The tissues should be the pop up dispense kind. When you pull one out, the next comes halfway out ready to be pulled.
On "GO" each player, with one hand behind their back, starts pulling out tissues one at a time. The first one to pull out every tissue wins.
Players can't pull out more than one tissue at a time and they must only use the one hand they started with.
This is a great icebreaker teenage party game. Super simple and totally free.
Have teens sit in a circle.
One at a time they tell the group 3 facts about themselves. Two are true and one is a lie.
Go around the circle and have each person guess which fact is the lie.
You can choose to give players points for every correct guess and give a prize to the person with the most post points after everyone has had a turn giving facts about themselves.
This variation of hide-and-seek is a cool teenage party game because it's played outside in the dark so it's exciting.
The person who is "It" is given a flashlight and counts while everyone else hides.
Once "it" starts searching the other players have to run from one hiding place to another.
If they get "tagged" with the flashlight they are out and they get a flashlight to help tag other players.
This teenage party game requires a little prep time before the party.
You will need:
Before your guests arrive go through the paper and come up with questions that can only be answered by the information in the paper. Ex: Who was newly elected onto the city council? What is today's expected high temperature?
It's best to try for one question from each page.
When each team gets their paper they can divide the pages amongst themselves.
The person leading the game, probably you Mom, will read a question. The teams look through their paper to find the answer. When they find it they write it on a slip of paper and quickly hand it to you to check. The first team to turn in the correct answer gets that point.
This is a fun teenage party game because it requires teamwork but teams don't want to give away the answers so they have to be careful how they communicate with each other.
The game also keeps a fast pace because the players race to be the first with the correct answers.
You will need:
Players choose dance partners and each dance team gets an apple.
Players must dance holding the apple between their foreheads. No hands allowed.
If the apples drops they are out.
Last dance team with the apple in place wins.
This really fun teenage party game that works best in larger groups but you can modify it for groups with as few as 5. It's a variation on charades.
You will need:
Break the group up into two teams. Give each person a pen and paper and have them write down an event, such as:
You've just won the lottery.
You just caught the winning pass in the super bowl.
You're falling in love.
You just got a big engagement ring.
You got a puppy for Christmas.
Have everyone be as creative as they can. Put all the papers from one team in a bag, then choose at least 3 people from each team to act.
Have each person choose an event out of the opposite teams bag. On 'go' the first teams actors start acting out their event. They can use gestures and noises, but no words that will give away the answer. They can interact with each other but they must continue to act out only what's on their paper.
After a minute or so the other people on their team must try to guess the events. Once an actors event is guessed they can sit down.
Guessing continues for an allotted amount of time. 2-3 minutes works well depending on the difficulty.
You can keep score by giving a point for each correct guess within an allotted time.
This game can be played with both teams playing simultaneously, which can get pretty raucous and fun, or you can go one team at a time.
You will need:
Assuming you have 12 kids total you will play with 2 teams of 6 each. One leader and 5 'numbers'. On five pieces of paper write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. One number per sheet big enough to be seen. I write them on full sheets of printer paper in thick black marker.
Break the teens up into the teams of 6 and have each team pick a leader.
The leader then assigns each player on their team a number and that player pins that number on their chest so it can be seen easily.
The caller, probably you mom, calls out a 5 digit number containing the numbers 1,2,3,4 or 5. Call the numbers loud and clear but quick.It's a good idea to have this list handy:
There are plenty more you can come up with.
Once the number is called teams have to arrange themselves in the proper order. Once they do they all raise their hands. First team to arrange themselves correctly gets that point.
If you have less kids you can play with four digit numbers instead of five, but the bigger the numbers the more fun this game can be. You can play music in the background to make it even more confusing and fun.