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5 Party Games for Tweens and Teens


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Tweens and young teens may have outgrown party activities such as pin the tail on the donkey and musical chairs, but they still enjoy group activities. Here are five creative game ideas guaranteed to entertain guests at your next bash.

1 Pass the bag
Fill a large garbage bag with a variety of clothing items such as aprons, men's and women's shoes, scarves, hats, socks, ties, shirts and dresses. Have guests form a circle and pass the bag around as music plays. When the music stops, whoever is holding the bag must take something out and put it on. No searching! Guests must take the first thing their hand touches. Continue until the bag is empty and all the kids are dressed in ridiculous outfits. Take pictures of the funny results!

2 Eat the doughnut
Hang a doughnut on a string from a high place, such as a doorway or tree branch. With their hands tied behind their backs, participants each try to eat a strung-up doughnut. Have at least one doughnut per person plus a few extra. Frosted chocolate doughnuts produce the messiest - and funniest - results.

3 Toilet paper fashion show
Give each guest a roll of toilet paper and instructions to make an outfit in 20 minutes. When everyone is finished, play music and have each participant "walk the runway." Ask guests to name their creations (for example: toga or mummy). Announce guests as they strut down the catwalk. Give prizes for the silliest or most creative outfit.

4 Round robin story
Pass out pens or pencils and have kids sit in a circle. Copy the first line from a book onto a page in a notebook. Pass around the notebook and have each person add a line or paragraph, continuing the story. Once everyone has participated, the party host reads the story out loud. Photocopy the results for each contributor.

5. Scavenger hunt
If party guests have cellphones or other mobile devices that take pictures, put them into groups and give them a list of items to photograph in the house or neighborhood. This can also be done the old-school way by handing out paper bags and a list of items to find - and bring back - around the house or in the neighborhood.

Send guests home with pictures of all the hilarious game results - either a group photo of each activity or snapshots of each person. If you don't have a way to print photos at home, upload digital pictures to on online photo storage website such as snapfish.com or shutterfly.com, and email guests the link or access code for viewing. Be sure to also give guests a photocopy of the round robin story for a fun memory of the party.

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a freelance writer and the mother of three children, including a tween and teen.

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