Party games for 8 to 12 year olds

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Birthday party games are hilarious for 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 year olds, because they really get into the birthday party spirit; provided you choose the right games of course! With this in mind, it’s a good idea to let your child help plan their party games, as they will be the best judge of what will work, and what won’t.

This age group can cope with the idea of winners and losers, so games can start to be a bit more competitive if you choose. However I still recommend a few fun games where everybody wins, or perhaps a slightly biased judge who will help even the scores if necessary.

Here are a few great party game ideas for 8 – 12 yr old kids in NZ to get you started. If you’re looking for more ideas to help you get your party going, don’t forget to check out our birthdays section.

Cut the Flour Cake

Make a flour cake by tightly packing a bowl with flour, and turning it upside down like a sandcastle. Ask your guests to sit in a circle on the floor, and then place the flour cake in the middle. Carefully place a small lolly in the centre of the cake, and explain that everyone will take turns cutting a slice, but they must not let the lolly fall.

The kids can take as big or small of a slice as they wish, and they can cut the cake in any direction. Who ever causes the lolly to fall must collect and eat it using only their teeth. The ‘winner’ gets a face full of flour, but strangely, they always want to play another round.

To make it harder you could get your guests to cut the cake with the knife between their toes, or with a blindfold on.

Sweet Sucker

Give each child two small bowls and a straw. Fill one of the bowls with small sweets like Pebbles or M&M’s, and leave the other one empty. On the count of three, children must suck the lollies onto the end of their straw, and transfer them to the other bowl.

You can either put a time limit on the game, whereby the children get to keep all the lollies they have transferred when the timer stops, or you could have a race to see who empties their bowl the fastest. If you are planning the race version, make sure everybody has the same amount of lollies in their bowl to begin with!

At My Birthday I Want …

This game is a test of memory, and everybody has to work as a team to make it last as long as possible.

Have the children all sit in a circle, and let the birthday child start by saying “At my birthday I want………”, then finish with whatever they choose. It may be that they want ice cream, balloons, pizza, presents….you get the picture. The next child in the circle then says “At my birthday I want……..”, then repeats what the first child said, before adding their own choice. As the game goes around the circle, each child has to remember all the other choices, plus add their own.

You could make this game just for fun, or add team prizes to the centre of the circle each time they complete a round without any mistakes. Remember to make sure the prizes are something they can all share.

Chocolate Game

This game is an all time favourite in our house, and now my kids are getting older, I can even convince them to let me join in!

Have the children sit in a circle, and put a block of chocolate, a knife and fork, a dice, and a selection of dress up clothes in the middle. Children take turns throwing the dice, and when they get a 6, they have to put on the dress up clothes, and start eating the chocolate one piece at a time using the knife and fork. The child keeps eating until somebody else throws a 6, at which time they must put down the knife and fork, and pass over the clothes as quickly as possible.

Usually everybody gets a turn to munch down some chocolate, although some children do manage do get more than others. It’s a nice idea to have a spare block of chocolate on hand, just in case some children miss out altogether.

If you want to make this game harder, put the chocolate in the freezer overnight. If you want to make the game a little easier, keep the chocolate out of the fridge for an hour or so before the party starts.

Who Am I?

Write out the names of famous people, animals, or things on to slips of paper, so there is one for every child. If your party has a particular theme, you may want to use things related to that theme, but any things that are popular with children will work fine.

Tape a slip to the back of each child, without letting them know what it says. They must then go around the room asking others Yes / No questions, to try and work out who or what they are.

You can play this game at a specific time, or make it something that runs for the whole course of the party. Either way, some children will work it out quicker than others, so encourage them to stay a part of the game by answering other people’s questions.

Balloon Bulls Eye

There are basic rules for this game, but you could adapt them in several ways depending on how long you want the game to last.

To start with, give every child a balloon to blow up, and ask them to hold the neck shut rather than tie it in a knot. Place a target in the middle of the floor, and on the count of three, everyone releases their balloon. Whichever balloon is closest to the target, wins.

You could play this game over and over, and each time the target becomes a different prize, or you could allocate points for bulls eyes, 1st closest, 2nd closest, and so on. After a few games you could add up the points to find an overall winner.

 

More birthday party ideas for eight to twelve year olds

There are lots of other great games for this age group, and you can find some of them on the theme pages of our Birthday section.

The games outlined in ‘Games for Pre-schoolers’ and ‘Games for 5-7 year olds’ can also be adapted to suit older children.

We’ve also got great ideas for party food, birthday cakes and party clothes - everything you need to have a great party!

Child’s Birthday gift? Find a great selection of popular Books & Authors.

Age: 0  1  2  3  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 Years Old

 

The Kiwi Families Team

This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

  • Heeral Datwani

    thanks i think it will work!

  • Elspeth

             THANKS

  • Tom

    i like the party games! 

    • Ricky

      Me too!

  • Samantha

    nice ideas!

    • Isabell

      I know, it’s so nice.

      • Adam

        PERFECT. Now i know what game i should choose for my son’s birthday party.

  • Ethashua

    Balloon bulls eye? Sounds good!

    • Jame

      Cool! I love balloons!

  • Nayomi

    LOVE THE PARTY GAMES!

  • Willow

    Best party games ever!

  • Bob

    everybody was just crazy! I don’t know if i could ever handle a crazy party game like this cut the flour again!

    • Redshed

      bradley
      the chococlate game is very fun game to play!

      • Mayapearce

        Your right the chocolate game rocks and my friends and i found sweet suckers really funny

  • Alyssa

    finally i found game ideas for my birthday

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz Rochelle Gribble

      Hope you have a great time!

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Hope you have a great birthday!

  • Khushivyas10

    this games are so boring at my birthday all are very angry at me and leave the party

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      I’m sorry to hear that! Which games did you play? 

  • Renee

    Very helpful thank you so much for the ideas

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Glad you liked them :) 

  • ammy

    I like this website this is a great idea for my dathers birthday

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Thank you! I hope you have a great party!! 

  • Rheannadiabo

    get cheep oven mits and some plushies rap them in layers over layers of rapping, the party gests willl hafto unrap it with the oven mits on… pass it around every 30 sec  and the first person to get to the plushie gets it (make sure there are enough plushies for everyone ) :DDDDD

    and make sure there all cute pushies cuz when i did this i dident like what i got but i still respected that i got 1

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Thanks Rheannadiabo!

    • POOPY BUTT

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  • Simpsonbieberfever11

    i love the ideas for the games they really helped me out at my party for my daughter.(:

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Oh yah! Hope everyone had a blast!

  • dayna

    this is so cool

  • DSD

    um…. can you give me advice on some good dance games :)

    • POOPY BUTT 30000

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  • Julia Alias

    those where ok but thanks anyway

  • LALALA

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GIVE ME AS MANY IDEAS AS U POSSIBLY CAN FOR A CHOCOLATE PARTY!!!!! ANY IDEAS AT ALL ARE HELPFUL1!! I AM SO DESPERATE!! GIVE ME GAMES, SNACKS, ACTIVITIES, DECORATIONS,FAVORS, AND EVERY THING  U CAN THINK OF!!!
    HELP MEEEEE
    I NEED ANY IDEA U CAN GIVE ME
    ;(((

    • LALALA

      this is lalala agian omg plz help as fast as you possibl can!!!!!!no one is answering and now im sad!!!!!!!
      AGAIN PLZ PLZ PLZZ HELP

    • Anaprice

      mummy rap
      it would be cool to rap the toilet paper in white paper and rap choco late all over it
      so anyway want u do is on the word go everyone trys to rap there partner in toilet paper the fastest.i hope this helps this is the website i use 4 games http://www.party411.com good luck :)

    • CD

      Popcorn Bar

      Flavours:

      -Regular

      -Salt
      and Butter

      -With
      Smarties

      -Cinnamon
      and Brown Sugar

      -Hot
      Chocolate (Marshmallow and Chocolate)

      -Cheesy

      -Caramel

      Food:

      1.
      Make a
      bunch of hot dogs, large pan of macaroni and cheese, and a large plain pizza.

      2.
      Set up 3
      food stations, 1 for each food group.

      3.
      On each
      station we will have bowls with: cheese, salsa, peppers, sausage, pepperoni, pickles,
      olives, gummy bears, apple slices (cut in half) sour gummy worms, M & M’s, ketchup,
      mustard, chocolate sauce and relish.

      The kids
      will make 1 dish (hot dog, pizza or Mac & cheese) and must add different
      other extras to the food. Each Bowl will have a number (1 to 15). There should be three bowls; first one will
      have healthier foods, second on will have the treats, and third will be the condiments (each piece of paper has one of the numbers on
      it in the bowl). Each child takes 1 piece
      of paper from each bowl and that is what they will have on their food!

      Games:

      ·
      The Whipped
      Cream Game. – A little messy.

      Everyone
      gets a partner. One the partners is blindfolded and have their hands tied
      behind their back, the other person holds a bowl filled with whipped cream and
      at the bottom of the bowl is a piece of gum. After being spun around and left
      alone from their unblindfolded partner, they have to find their partner. Once
      they find their partner they stick their head into the bowl and search for the
      piece of gum. The first person to be chewing the gum wins! Take a group photo
      at the end with the whipped cream all over their faces!!!

  • Grumpy

    LALALA mebbe you can play jenga with chocolate bars??? idk ai think you could make like a giant chocolate kiss??!!! is that possible???!!!???
    mebbe sum1 else will help u tho

  • Grumpy

    dsd play sum freeze dance!!!! it is soooo fun!!!
    hopefully u no how 2 do it i cant explain itt. play dance dance revolution???

  • Partyprincess

    yes, i agree with lalala. there are no good chocolate games or themes. i am 12 and i need chocolate party ideas as well. i dont know about lalala, though…
    can someone give me ideas?? Grumpy, your idea was good, but i need more.

    • Lalala

      o ya, haha i am 12 too. i totaly agree, we need more ideas. thx for the kiss idea grumpy. that will b awesum.

  • Partyprincess

    haha this is like a chat network or something :))

    • Lalala

      i no rite!!! i am serious tho, my party will b lame without more ideas and i am DESPERATE!!!
      this is pritty cool tho. do u have any other ideas for themes besides chocolate??? i wanna do choc. but i dont have 2…

      • Julia

        Oh! I know! For your birthday, I can get you a SPELLING DICTIONARY.

      • abby

        A fun one is get an empty box any size and put a small prize in then duct tape all around it. Then get all the guests to sit in a circle and pick any song you like when the music starts pass the box around when it stops the person can tey to open the box until the music starts when someon can get their hand in and grabs the prize out they win

        • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

          Great idea! Thanks Abby!

  • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

    Hi everyone, 

    We’re also got some other party game ideas here: http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/topic/school-age/birthdays-school-age/games-birthdays-school-age/ and some theme ideas here: http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/topic/school-age/birthdays-school-age/party-theme/ 

    Have fun! 

    Rochelle

  • olivia wilson

    do this do that

    this game is were you elect a leader that person will say do this and do somthing or do that and do somthing.

    if they say do this you will DO it however if they say do that you DONT do it but if you do it and they say do that you sit down thats were honesty comes in if they say do this and you dont in 10 seconds you also have to sit down

    this game is fun try it its garanteed you’ll like it!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Thanks Olivia! A great idea! 

  • Blue g

    You should play sherades it’s for all ages everyone enjoys it
    The rules are simple cut pieces of paper small than write cartoon characters name on it
    Roll it
    Mix it up
    Eg if someone gets spiderman they have to act like him and other pupils have to guess what is it.
    Important rule
    They should not say a word no spelling too

    • Angela Thomas

      hey um i just want to that this game is really awsm

      • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

        Glad you had fun!! 

    • peep

      I remember a similar game… Forgot

  • Blue g

    And play chubby bunny
    It’s easy and fun
    U r gonna need a lot of marshmallows
    Here’s the rules
    You need to put in as much ascmarshmallows as u can and every time you put it in u count it and say chubby bunny every time you put a marsh in ur mouth
    Important

    The contestants r not allowed to swallow or eat the marsh…..
    The winner is the person with the most marsh in their mouth

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Thanks Blue G!!! Hahah sounds crazy!! 

      Kind regards, 

      Rochelle

    • jim bob

      My bf died from that games………don’t do it!!!!!just saying

  • Moo Moo

    who am i sounds really cools im going to try it.

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Hope you have fun!! 

      Rochelle

      • ellis

        asum

    • dipesh

      yes u r right

  • Maddie

    i thought it was good but i need games that will be fun for 12 year old boys and girls. it is an outdor party and these r ideas u can do when ur friends come over just to hang out. i really want this birthday to b speacial and inexpensive and they r all very inexpensive but not very good for the age. i have people ages 2 to 14 so i need good ideas and all i have so far is a scavenger hunt n the birthay is in 24 days. Please help bc all the websites r the same. Thanks
    Maddie

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Hi Maddie, 

      Have you had a look at some of our other days? http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/topic/teens/birthdays-teens/games-birthdays-teens/ and http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/topic/school-age/birthdays-school-age/games-birthdays-school-age/ you may be able to adapt some ideas for your party…

      Thanks! 

      Rochelle 

      • ladies2

        great!!

  • Eshufflebot92

    hi

  • KONRAD123

    hey

  • Aldog299

    these are bad games

  • Jemma_is_awesome

    haha these games are awesome i defenitly using these at my party CAN’T WAIT:)

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Hope you have a great party!! 

      • Julia

        yeah!

  • Michelledionkeene

    im putting these game in the back yard and doing game stations!!

  • Gg_gg

    kinda okay but kinda boring

  • anas party

    these r the worst games EVER. :( THERE SO BORING AND THEY R 4 BABYS

  • Mariadelgadoserulle

    i am having a summer party with my best friend i am using some of this ideas…………

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Oh great!! Have a wonderful time!! 

    • ananda

      coo

  • jojo mama

    so i’m 11 and my mom said that i half to make mt sisters b-day party just as she whats it.and one day i had an idea…….FIGHT CLUB!!!!!!!!!!do you think that is a good idea.For a 8 year old girl b-day.

  • cool dude

    thx that really helped

    • rochelle

      Oh good! Hope you have a great party!

  • skatergirl

    thx at my party i want to play the sweet sucker game. oh and lalala u could play melted marsh mallows.there is quite a bit of preparing before hand. so all you need to do is start an open fire either in ur wood heater or in the backyard. after u have done that coat marsh mallows in melted choclate stick a stick in to them and put in the frigde. when ur party guests arrive sit in a circle a round the fire and roast ur mashmallows.the person that eats the most melted marshmallows win you may think this is easy but melted chocolate on a marshmallow can sometime be sickly sweet . though it raelly funny watching everyone stuff there mouth with mashmallows. make sure no one gets sick. u can change the to make it harder or u dont need the chocolate on the marshs.

  • hudahu

    the chocolate game is awesome

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Great game, eh?? :)

  • natalie

    these are great games

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Thanks! Glad you like the :)

  • ananda

    this is cool

  • ananda

    lol

  • Madyboo

    Im doing who am I for my 11th Birthday

  • the awesomeness

    i like this website, its helpful

  • charlie

    lol this is epic

  • akanksha

    i tried sweet sucker with my friend on my 10th birthday party and it was amazing!!!

  • Ellis

    chocolate game sounds ace , cant wait

  • JULIE

    MY B-DAY PARTY IS ON SATURDAY!

  • PEACHY

    MB,EEEE EWMKMYEWM ,SW7KM,DSE4WK

  • babygirlmama

    sounds cool im going to try it!!

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Hope you enjoy them!

  • lakshmi

    stupid game for a party

  • isabella

    i am having my nineth birthday and need more game ideas

    • isabella

      try bobing for apples

  • Darrien

    hi i’m Darrien i’m 10 years old and on the 27 i am having a zoo party. i had a game with balloons but you cant have balloons what should i do? please write me back.

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Hi Darrien, Having a balloon game without ballons is tough! What about using balls instead?

      Have fun!

      Rochelle

  • Lynn

    I need help on my party ideas I’m 11 and getting ready for my b day in January in a small house inviting 4 so I need some game Ideas email me at lnlfulton@yahoo.com or text me at 336-575-0683 thanks

  • ksm9

    Great help

  • peep

    I’m gonna try them out at my b-day!!

  • mel

    AWESOME! i love the chocolate one!

  • ishita mittal

    nice site

    • avisha gupta

      hope you have fun

  • kira

    they sound nice but my daughter is 12 and that way to young for her

  • lola

    I might try the who am I game!

  • birthday girl

    wow this is really helpful for my birthday thamks xxx

  • mooboo

    you can play a game called funny papers its were you rip a small piece of paper and then write something that they have to do ( and make it embarrassing) and then stick a sweet on it with celetape and put it in a tin or a bowl and they have to pick one out and do what it says whilst eating the sweet hope ithelps

  • Louise Clark

    I am trying some of these games for sons party. He is looking forward to his party much more now.

  • lovely102

    Well when I was 12 me and my friends played spin the bottle for my birthday.

  • cotton candy

    these games are cheesy! find FUN games for children!

  • Adorkable

    These are awesome, thanks! I’m usng the Ballon Bulls Eye, Who Am I, At My Birthday I Want…, and the Chocolate Game! The party will be awesome :)

  • Emma Curly

    Love your ideas! sweet sucker and balloon game :) can’t wait! we are also doing wrap the dad in toilet roll ;) xx

  • Nim noom

    I think for 12 year olds, they could use an actual bow and arrow to shoot the balloons.

  • bad

    need party idea

  • aryan agarwa

    thanks…..very useful…

  • lisa riley

    i tried it with my cousion she hated it

  • lisa riley

    joke ! she loved it

  • bill

    good website u got mate

  • bill

    with these ideas my party is gonna rock

  • bill

    hellooooooooo

  • bill

    sup
    sweet
    i live

  • Carol Marriott

    The comments here seem to be a year ago, does the community still operate?

    • Rochelle

      Hi Carol,

      The comments are currently sorted by popularity, not date… If you sort them by date, you will see that there are loads of more recent comments. Cheers, Rochelle

  • journey

    slip notes have each child make a box with a hole in the top and then give each child pen and paper when your done handing out the pens paper tell them to rite something that they like about the other people that are and make sure to rite form: blank) to:blank) then put all your notes in the other childs box and hoever rites the nices things winnes made by:journey

    • http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/ Rochelle Gribble

      Great idea! Thanks!

  • Chelsea

    this is very helpful

  • CD

    These ideas are awesome!! Im using them at my bday party!!!!

  • CD

    Thanks sooo much!!!

  • test

    these are really strange games

  • Lauzie

    Lalalala
    Get an app called party planner
    It’s awesome

  • ria

    pooky party

  • fght

    jbfgkbkflgngln

  • Meriah

    The balloon bull’s eye sounds like a lot of fun!!!!

  • perrier

    Are there any good drinking games for kids? Were from france new to the u.s and we drink wine but have switched to an american brand, budweiser.My son and little girl love it.

  • SACHIN

    WHAT TYPE OF GAME IS “SWEET SUCKER ?????????????????????????

  • mike

    boooo :c
    make more ;z

  • Marina

    Hi

  • Lalysworld

    CANNOT STAND WHEN PEOPLE SAY, “I KNOW, RIGHT?!” UGH! IT’S REPULSIVE!

  • Sharnelle

    I am having a party soon and this sounds good to use

  • PartyPrincess#love

    wow this is a great idea! the who am i game will be totally fun for my party thank you so much- #lastminuteideas #kiwifamiliesismybdaygoto

  • Tia

    I think the chocolate games is good

  • Sanjaayn

    i love all of them!!

  • stellla

    ye awesome my party is this sunday can’t wait

  • ten year olds not happy

    not true at all I don’t like any of this stuff and I am ten!!!!!!!!

  • Jasmin

    How many words they can make out of the birthday kid’s name

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