Middle-school cliques can derail a 13-year-old's birthday party. When hosting the party, you should have several games planned that interest teenagers. Award the winners of the games with prizes as an incentive to get the teens to play. Some careful planning will ensure that the games are not boring. Choose high-energy games to keep the party alive.
Let all the players select a partner and sit on the floor back-to-back with their partners. Each player should bend his knees and the teammates need to interlock elbows. On, "Go," all teams try to stand up without letting go of each other. The first team to stand up wins the game. This activity is much harder than it sounds.
Eat Your Donut
Teens play this game individually. Get some string and hang several (one for each player) donuts from the ceiling (or a rope between two objects) at each teen's head height. Blindfold the teens and have them stand approximately 6 inches from the hanging donut. After you say, "Go," each teen has to find her donut and eat it. The first person to eat all of her donut on the string wins the game.
Water Balloon Volleyball
Set up a volleyball net in the backyard and divide the teens into two even teams. Give each team a sheet or blanket. Each team uses the sheet to try to get the water balloon over the net. The other team must catch the balloon using the sheet and without breaking the balloon. If the balloon breaks, the other team gets the point. Play continues until a team reaches 10 points.
Fill nylon socks with flour and tie the socks off with a rubber band. All players need a dark-colored shirt (black and dark blue work best). Select two players to be "it" and give them each a nylon flour sack. Play the game like a classic game of tag, but instruct the players to use the flour sacks to tag someone. Set a play area with boundaries. On, "Go," players have to run away from the "it" players. If a flour sack tags a player, he will have a flour mark on his shirt and he becomes the new "it." Use wet rags to wipe flour marks off the players' shirts.
Divide the players into teams of two. You'll need to have a pair of pantyhose and an orange for each team. Place an orange in the leg of a pair of pantyhose and tie the hose around the waist of one of the players on each team. Use the orange in the pantyhose as a "third leg" and leave it hanging between the player's legs. Mark a line about 10 feet away from the players. Place another orange on the ground in front of the players. When you say, "Go," each player must use her "third leg" to hit the other orange and move it toward the marked line and back. The next player ties the pantyhose around his waist and does the same thing. The first team to finish the relay by having both players complete this task wins the game.
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