party games ages 6+

Great party game ideas for children aged 6+ years old, from your friends at Nick Jr.

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Kids this age may enjoy competing as teams or against adults. They often enjoy learning a new skill and can sustain play longer. Bigger bodies mean you need more space for active games.
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Guessing Jar (greeting game) Partly fill a jar with a theme-related item (like gummy snakes for a jungle party). Ask arriving guests for an estimate, recording names and guesses. At the end of the party reveal the correct number and help the group figure out which guess was closest. The winner can hand out some to each guest and keep what remains.
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Edible Art (craft) Have kids layer pixie stix sugar, cake sprinkles, and small colorful candies like M&Ms in clear plastic containers (with lids). Vary for different themes, like letting kids make edible "potions" for a science party or tasty "dirt" for a gardening party by layering crushed chocolate and vanilla cookies, gummy worms, and chocolate chip "pebbles." The finished product can be taken home as a favor.
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Catch Me If You Can! (active game) Come up with a variation on tag or other chase game that fits your theme (like Sharks and Minnows for an undersea party or Kick the Soccer Ball instead of Kick the Can for a sports party). Captured kids can become "It" too, with play continuing until everyone is captured or kids tire of the game. Or have an adult be "It" and let kids free one another. Adapt for indoor locales by having kids crawl, hop, or crabwalk instead of run.
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Ha-Ha (group game) Players lie on the floor in a zigzag pattern with each player's head resting on the belly of the player before. The first player says "Ha," the second says, "Ha-ha," the third "Ha-ha-ha," and so on. Players who laugh leave that chain and start or join another. Adapt to your theme by varying the word kids say. Play until everyone is giggling.
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Get a Clue (hunt game) Have the whole group (or several smaller groups) hunt together for a treasure, following clue to clue. The goal can be adapted to fit other themes too--for example, at a detective party, kids can hunt for clues to solve a mystery. An adult should be available to provide assistance with reading and problem-solving and to ensure that everyone who wants to gets to participate actively. If saved until the end of the party, the final clue can lead to the goody bags.
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