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tween party games for ages 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old


Games for preteens in the between ages of  9, 10, 11, 12

Tween birthday party games for preteen girls and boys Tween parties.  

Fun Tween party theme ideas   


Mall Scavenger Hunts
This fun birthday party game involves tweens being set loose in the mall to follow the instructions on their list.   There are 8 mall scavenger hunts to choose from - complete with free lists for the mall scavenger hunts that require a list.    Mall Scavenger Hunts
Complete list of the mall scavenger hunts and free lists. 


Mall Scavenger Hunts include:
Freebie Shopping Spree
a 2 z
One Color
Super Shopper
Salesperson Scramble
Ultimate Mall Hunt
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt





Minute to Win It
35 Fun and challenging Minute to Win It style games.   Choose which ones are the best for your party! 
Minute to Win It Games for Tweens



Would You Rather Game
Fun party game for tween parties!  Over 200 fun questions!  Would You Rather Game



Truth or Dare Game
Complete rules and directions for the game of Truth or Dare along with free dares and questions to print out. rules and directions for
the game of Truth or Dare along with free dares and questions to print out.
Free list of truth and dare questions

Truth or Dare Pop

This game gives a twist to the popular Truth or Dare game (see above).  Print out the list of truth questions and dare ideas and then cut them into individual strips of paper.  Fold and put them inside balloons - dares in one color of balloon and truths in another. 

Blow the balloons up and tie with the paper inside each balloon.  Assign each guest a number 2 - 12.  The fist person rolls two dice and the number that comes up on the dice is the number of the tween that has to pop a balloon and then do the truth or dare that is on the
paper inside.  

After they are done with their truth or dare then they get to roll the dice to see who goes next.  Variation: Instead of using two different colors of balloons to separate the truths from the dares use a mixture of colors so no one knows if they are getting a truth or a dare when they chose a balloon.



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Tween Drama Game  

Shopping and Drama in one game!  Put 5 different items in several large shopping bags. A shoe, hat, party favor etc.  - just make sure the items in each bag are different.  Divide into teams and then give the team one bag.  Send them to different spots away from each other. They have to create a play or skit which incorporates every items they have in their bag. Give them 15 minutes to practice their skit and then they perform the skits for everyone..   You might want to video the finished skits.    Variation: Tweens can create a commercial, tribute or a song.


Swimming Pool Party Games for Tweens
See the complete list of fun swimming pool games for
9, 10, 11 and 12 year olds


Video Tween Scavenger Hunt
Write down a list of funny and crazy things that the participants must do.  Such as taking videos of them all: making a pyramid, walking a strangers dog, standing by their school, singing a Christmas carol
with a stranger, on a jungle gym, etc.   Watch the videos when they return to find out who won.





Picture Scavenger Hunt
Tweens use cell phone cameras and get
pictures of the things that are on their "to do" list. See the examples above for fun ideas.


Bigger the Better Hunt
This is really a different style of game that doesn't require a list. Trade a small item for a better or bigger item at each house the team stops
at during the game. Give teams a small item like a quarter or pencil. They have to trade the item for a better item at each house they stop
at during the hunt. If you have two teams let one team take the even and the other the odd number houses so they won't go to the same house twice. For example: Trade the quarter for a pen ... then trade
the pen for a small knick knack ... then trade the knick knack for a picture ... etc. After the time limit the team that comes back with the best or biggest item wins! Friends played and one of the teams came back carrying a TV!    Great game for 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old!


Wear That!
You will need a bag filled with crazy clothes and items to wear such as feather boas, bikinis, funny glasses, high heels, large underwear, hats, etc. for this dress up game ... the more outrageous the better.  Place all the items in a large shopping or black garbage bag.    Have the players one at a time roll one dice.  If the dice lands on a 1 or a 6 then they must take an item from the bag and put it on over their clothes.  Keep playing until
all the items are being worn.  The person that has on the fewest things wins.  Variation:  Instead of having the person rolling the dice choose from the bag have the person to their right choose something from the bag for them to wear. 


Auction Game 
In the party invitation include a request that each of the party guests bring a wrapped item or inexpensive gift. Something under $10.00 or even a gift that they received that they want to re-gift. Give them $20.00 in play or monopoly money.  Begin an auction by holding up the first gift and auctioning it off to the guests.    With any other left over auction money tweens can bid on who gets the first piece of cake to who chooses the music.



Nail Polish Spin the Bottle Game
Fun party game for tween girls - play it at a sleepover, spa or birthday party too! Choose bright shades of colorful nail polish and place them in the center of the guests. One girl spins a nail polish bottle and the girl that the cap stops at has to paint a fingernail that color. When they are done they choose a shade of polish and they spin ... keep going until everyone's fingernails are polished in different colors. Continue the game by painting toes too!


Tween Mystery Dinner Game
Fun game that keeps the kids wondering what they are ordering for dinner ... fun when they finally figure out how the game is played and they get something to eat.  Play this game if you're serving dinner during the party and you have extra people that can be the waiters and order takers.  You will need several to serve the kids quickly.  Complete set up and menu on Mystery Dinner Game page.


Tween Size Party Game
This birthday game really gets everyone involved! Before the party draw a giant game board on the sidewalk or driveway. The spaces on the game board need to be large enough for a preteen to stand in comfortably.   Make one space the starting space and fill in the other spaces with things the players have to do while in that space.  Some fun examples for the squares are: Hop on one leg, cluck like a chicken, say "Yowza" after everything anyone says, turn around in circles, give everyone a high five, etc.  Dice can be made by covering 2 large square boxes.  The players themselves are the playing pieces and they move themselves through the game board.  Winner is the one who reaches the last space first on an exact.



Switch A Roo
Chairs - one less then the number of players
Switch A Roo is a great game for preteen parties.  Play it at the beginning of the party as an icebreaker so the tweens can get to know each other before the party starts.
Make the chairs into a circle where they are all facing inside the circle. 
Pick one player to be the caller and they stand in the middle of the circle of chairs.  
The caller stand in the middle and calls out to the circle:
"Switch A Roo!"
The players in the circle yell back
"Switch With Who?!"
The caller calls back
"Switch If You ...."
Then they add a fun condition such as:
Switch if you have green shoes on
Switch if you have brown hair
Switch if you are wearing red
Switch if you have blue eyes.

Then all the players in the circle that the condition applies to get up from their chair and race to switch with another player that is moving.

While the players are racing to find a new chair the caller races to find a seat.

The player that is left without a chair is the next caller.


Variation:  Add some crazy conditions that apply to almost everyone in the circle and have everyone try to switch chairs at once!   Example:  Switch if you ... :
like birthday cake
are 11 years old
go to ________ school
want to win a prize!



Foil Fashion Tween Make Over

Given only aluminum foil teams (or individuals) have to use only the foil to make a runway outfit.  Skirts, shirts, tanks, shoes, high heels, jewelry, tiaras, dresses ... whatever they can make that is fashionable.  This is a fun and creative dress up game where the players make their own clothes! 

Afterwards have a runway show and take pics of all the fashions. 


Commercial Birthday Game  
The first player stands up on their turn.  One person chooses an item from around the room and hands it to the person standing up.   The first player then has to make a 30 second commercial for the item they were given. Keep playing until everyone has had a turn.



Quack, Quack, Who's There?
All you need to play this party game is a blindfold and chairs for everyone to sit in.  Place the chairs in a circle facing each other and have all the tweens find a seat.  The person who is "it" puts on the blindfold and stands in the middle of the circle.  On "go" the rest of the players change seats several times so that "it" doesn't know who is sitting where in the circle.   Then the person who is "it" moves around the circle and chooses someone's lap to sit in. They sit down and the person who is seated says "Quack, quack!" while trying to disguise their voice.  "It" tries to guess who the person is by their voice.  If they guess the person correctly then they take that persons spot in the circle and the the one who was sitting down stands up, takes the blindfold and becomes the new "it".


Skittle Challenge
Play this game with skittles candy or any colorful candy. Place the candy into a big bowl.  Sit down and without looking choose 2 candies.  Put the two candies inside your mouth. If the candies are the same colors then chew them. But if they are different you keep them inside your mouth until another turn. Then you choose two more to see if you can get a pair.  



Toilet Paper Share
You'll need a new roll of toilet paper for this fun party game. Gather the tweens together and make a circle. Tell them that you are going to pass around the sleepover game toilet paper roll and to take as much as they think they need for the game.  Pass the paper around without any further instructions and they will take sheets off the roll.  After everyone has their sheets then tell them they have to share one thing about themselves for each square of toilet paper they have.


Candy Hunt Party Game
Before the party starts hide lots of candy all over the party area. When it's dark give out flashlights and have them search for the candy using the flashlight.


Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger hunts can be played many different ways and we have over 7 different varieties to choose from for tweens and young teens!  Each has a free list of fun items to find.  If you are looking for something different for kids 10, 11 and 12 years old try the Bigger
and Better scavenger hunt! 
Birthday party scavenger hunt ideas and free lists to print out! 



A Pirates Life Game
One player is the leader or the Pirate Captain.   The Pirate Captain calls out different actions (from the list provided).  The game can be played as an elimination game (the last person to do the action is out) or as a continuing game where new captains are chosen and everyone gets a turn to be the Pirate Captain.   Fast paced fun and a great way to get kids, tweens and teenagers moving and having fun! 

Choose your favorite actions from the list below and go over them with the players before the game starts so they know what motions to do when the Pirate Captain calls out an action.



Avast Ye Landlubbers

Ship is sinking - all players must all climb onto one object  (couch, large chair, circle on floor).

The Floor is Lava
 Players must not touch the floor.

 Players lay on ground and flip their mermaid tail.

Starboard Ho!

 Run to the right side of the room.


Treasure Island

 3 players form a group - 1 player pretends to look at a map and the 2 others form an X on the ground.
Port Go!

 Run to the left side of the room.

Crow's Nest

 4 players form a group - 3 of them form a circle and the 4th stands inside.

Arrrrrrg Matey!
 Players hold one arm straight out and have a sword fight with another player.

Peg Leg Charlie
 Players hop on one foot until the next action.

Weigh Anchor 
3 players join hands in the middle and turn in a circle.

Man Overboard
Players pretend to jump over the ship rail and bob in the water.

Shark Attack
Players put both hands together on top of their head like a shark and swim around.


Row your boat 

3 players group together to make a boat.   2 players on each side and one player in the middle rowing.

Climb the Rigging
 Players use their arms and legs and pretend to climb.

Captain on Deck

 Players stand at attention and salute.

Walk the Plank
 Players lay on the ground in a plank position.

We're lost Mateys!
 Players get in groups of 3 and point north with their arms.



 When this action is called the first person to jump up and and yell Mutiny is the next Pirate Captain (if playing where everyone gets a turn).

Tween Minute to Win It style Games!

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Party Food Ideas for 10, 11 and 12 year olds

Icebreakers for 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old  

Birthday Activities  

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