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Perfect party games for older kids

These 4 games test kids' memories


Kids in elementary school and up will have a great time challenging their memories and quick-thinking skills with these games. Have fun!

The guessing game

Fill a jar with candy (or buttons or other small objects, if you’d prefer to stay away from the sugar element). Have children write their name on a piece of paper and their guess as to how many candies are in the jar. The child who guesses the right number, or comes closest, gets a prize.

The minister’s cat

This is great with older kids who have a bigger vocabulary. Work your way through the alphabet describing the cat – for example, “The minister’s cat is an awful cat (or awesome, atrocious, animated, etc.)” Move to the next letter as each letter is exhausted.

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Birthday dinner game

The first player starts by saying, “At my birthday dinner I like to eat French fries.” The next player must repeat this and add another dish. This continues with each player reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. The player who makes a mistake is out of the game.


This can be fun even for young kids who know their animals. Whisper the name of an animal, a cartoon character or other thing to one of the children. That child goes to the front of the group and acts out what the animal does. The other children try to guess the name of the animal.

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