I am looking for fun things to do at my son's 12th birthday party. We are having it at home.
By Tammy from Jaffrey, NH
This was originally an idea for a baby shower, but kids would have fun with it, too. I'll cut it down to child specific. I already posted it in it's entirety somewhere on this site, I forget where.
Get a basket to hold your candy. Candy that fits put in an envelop with the question written on to front. Have a master list of the candies so you can look up the answer if you don't know. For larger candies that won't fit in an envelop tape a piece of string to the candy and on the other end put a tag with the question. When it is time for that candy guess just pull the tag off the candy leaving the candy in the basket. Have players raise their hand to answer. This way you give everyone a chance to win instead of one person who knows them all or is quicker with the answers than everyone else. There are multiple clues for some candies in case they are hard to guess. And of course the one who gets the answer right gets the candy.
Had another idea. Take the birthday child's full name and right it large on a piece of poster board or card board. Put it where all the kids can see it. Give all of the pencils and paper. Get them all sat down and facing the name. Tell them they have 10 minutes to write down as many words as they can using the letters in the name. GO!
If the child's first and last name are long just use them otherwise include the middle name.
Make sure each child puts their name on the paper before you start (maybe even on the back so it is out of the way). When the time is up collect the pages and have another adult go over them while you do something else with the kids.
The best way to find the winner would be to take the page with the most words and grade it first. By grade I mean check for correct spelling of the words. When done count up the correctly spelled words and see if any of the other pages have that many words or more and then grade them. It's a process of elimination. When you have a winner; collect all the kids and read the all the words first.
<lp>Then congratulate so and so for being so creative. Present some kind of prize (but don't let it be known before you play the game, prizes can be distracting. Especially if players aren't interested in the prize). You could tell the kids the winner gets a prize, but don't tell them what it is. You can even wrap it and show it to them before the game starts. (11/14/2009)
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