Need some fun games for girls to keep your giggling gals occupied and happy until the sun comes up? Whoever coined the term “sleepover” has never been to a sleepover with a pack of girls ten and under. There’s no sleeping going on. And, if you’re the parent in charge, you’d better be armed with a heavy artillery of fun games and activities. It’s also imperative to have a stash of snacks and a good sense of humor. Check out these top five fun games for girls.
This game combines two of girls’ favorite things: music and fingernail polish. Before you start the game, cover your table with plastic and use finger nail polish remover to make sure everyone’s nails are clean and free of polish. You can choose to do toenails, fingernails – or both. Then, choose some bright and funky nail polish colors and assign one color to each girl. The girls sit in a circle at the table. Start playing some music and the girls start passing their bottle to the right. When the music stops, each girl paints one of her nails with the nail polish color that she is holding. Keep playing until all of the nails are painted.
While you have the table covered in plastic, you might as well move on to another messy game. This one involves kids, blindfolds and bowls full of ice cream. What could possibly go wrong? Simply place two girls opposite each other at the table and place blindfolds over both of their eyes. Give one of them a bowl of ice cream and a spoon. The girl opposite of her must keep her hands behind her back as the girl with the ice cream tries to feed her. You can also play a version where you have a variety of different kinds of ice cream and the eater has to guess what flavor it is. The duo gets a point for every flavor that she guesses correctly. It’s a sweet mess, but its fun and your girls will love it. Plus, the extra sugar will keep them going all night long.
This game is the classic sleepover game. No lie, this game has possibly been around longer than footed pajamas. Get your group of girls to sit in a circle. The first girl asks “truth or dare?” to any other girl. If that girl says “truth” then she must honestly answer whatever question that is asked of her. If she says “dare” then she must complete whatever dare is given to her. When she is done, then she gets a turn to question another girl in the group. To avoid harmful dares or hurtful and embarrassing questions, it’s a good idea for the girls to write down the questions and dares and then let a parent glance over them before the game. Then, put them in two festive bowls or jars, one labeled “Truth” and one labeled “Dare.” You can print out a fun list of silly and G-rated Truth or Dare questions from:
The best part about scavenger hunts is how much time they take up. If you are trying to fill a long, sleepless night, you can entertain girls for hours by creating a lengthy list of hard-to-find items. You can also customize a scavenger hunt to fit any age, any location and any theme. Before the party, come up with a list of items and create even teams. If you have either older kids or a few chaperones, you can have your teams go house to house in your neighborhood. You may want to give your neighbors some advance notice of the hunt without telling them what things are on the list. You can also do scavenger hunts for younger kids in your house or your backyard. For ten creative scavenger hunt ideas for kids visit: http://www.mykidsadventures.com/scavenger-hunt-ideas/.
When all else fails, pull out the glow sticks for more fun games for girls. Everything is more exciting when it glows. Put on some music, adorn the girls with glowing bracelets, necklaces, ankle bracelets and crowns and turn down the lights for a glow-in-the-dark dance-off. And, no girl can resist a game of neon hopscotch or glow balloons. You can use neon duct tape to make a hopscotch design inside your house or outside, and glow balloons are simple when you insert glow sticks into regular or water balloons. For endless hours of glowing sleepover fun visit: https://happilyevermom.com/glow-in-the-dark-games/.
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