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The games listed, and described, here are suitable for all girl parties. Where appropriate the age range is indicated although sometimes variations of the same game can be made depending on the age of the guests.
Traditional party gamesWhen I was growing up, in the late 1950s near Liverpool UK, the following games were always played at birthday parties I attended. These games are suitable for girls or boys for ages 3 to 8. They can also be tried by older guests for general amusement.
Pass the parcel
This game needs little introduction, or explanation, in the UK but I have found that it is unknown in parts of the US so it is worth noting and explaining.
The idea of pass the parcel is simple. For preparation the host takes a small party favor (any small gift) and wraps it. The wrapping is done in layers (also using small boxes) so that it will take time to unwrap, you should use at least a dozen layers of wrapping paper. The guests then sit in a circle and music is played. The parcel is passed around the circle and when the music stops (done by the host) the person holding the parcel takes off one layer of wrapping. The game continues until the last wrapper is taken off and the guest who does this gets the prize. This is a simple and fun game, especially for younger guests.
This game has a long history and involves placing chairs, in a circle so that the guests can walk around them. There is always one less chair than there are guests so that when the music (being controlled by the host as the guests walk around the chairs) stops each guest has to sit on a chair and one guest will be left standing. The guest left standing is removed from the game and a chair is taken from the circle. In this way the game proceeds until only one person is left sitting on the last chair (and that person is the winner).
This game can get a little rough as the guests jostle for chairs but it was always played at the birthday parties I attended as a child and it was always enjoyed.
Hunt the thimble
The idea of hunt the thimble is that one group of guests hides an object in a room and another group, who was outside the room when the object was hidden, tries to find the object. When I was young we always used a thimble as the object to be found and typically this game would be played as the guests arrive as people can join in anytime. There are variations to this game in that the seeking group can be given hints. One way of giving hints is to periodically state which guest is closest to the object, we used to do this by saying which person was hot. Also the person farthest away from the object, which person is cold, can also be pointed out. Any object can be hidden and in the case of a large garden (or rooms in a house) multiple objects can be hidden, which is like an Easter egg hunt. This game is suitable for younger guests but can be enjoyed by all ages.
The following games are suitable for ages 8 and olderArrange a story (or put the pictures in date\time order)
This game lends itself to multiple party themes and is simple to prepare and explain.
A number of pictures of objects or people are taped to the wall. The pictures are numbered but the numbering does not reflect the date in which the objects first appeared. In this way inventions: such as phone, plane, hula hoop, light bulb, typewriter, coke a cola etc. can be placed on the wall and the guests write them (or their identifying numbers) in date order. The pictures can be found on the internet for most subjects. Also a story, either well known, such as Little Red Riding Hood, or a more obscure story can be used so that the guests need to put the story pictures in the correct sequence.
Match the objects
This is similar to the game of placing objects in date order but the guests are asked to pair the objects (including subjects or people) up. Example of pairs include famous husband and wife pairs, for example Humphrey Bogart and Loran Bacall or Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The assumption is that the guests will not know the answers but make an educated guess. This game can also be played with older guests by matching not so famous husband and wife pairs. For example wifes of sports stars could be found (on the internet) and the guests asked to pair them up. Any objects may be used, for example Neil Armstrong and the moon, as long as there is a strong association. This game also lends itself to multiple themes. Traditional matching birds with their eggs, people in traditional costumes with their countries etc. can also be used and this game is also suitable for younger party guests.
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