It’s sleepover party time! The tents are all set up, guests have arrived, and now you need some great sleepover games that the kids can play. Here are our Top 5 sleepover games, all of which can be played indoors and which are great fun for children across the primary school years.
The Chocolate Tasting Game
Can you guess the chocolate bar just by tasting a sample? This is a game that every kid will love…because you get to eat chocolate! Buy 10 different chocolate bars and cut them into sample sized pieces. Get the children to try each sample blindfolded, and guess which chocolate bar is which. Our sleep masks, which are complimentary with every SleepoversRus party booking, make perfect blindfolds, and we’ve also got a downloadable scorecard plus step-by-step instructions to help you run this game.
This game is great to run after dinner in lieu of dessert. Don’t forget to check for any allergies beforehand, and keep little chocolate fingers away from those beautiful beds!
Minute to Win It Games
This isn’t just a game…it’s a whole category of games, and the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. The basic premise is children get 1 minute to do a challenge and earn themselves a score. Play several challenges and keep track of scores to find an overall Minute to Win It champion. For larger parties, divide the children into a red and a blue team, and have a few representatives from each team perform each challenge, then add up their overall team score.
You’ll find endless challenge ideas by googling ‘Minute to Win It games’, or take a look at this list of some of our favourites. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Suck It Up – Cover a plate with M&Ms or Skittles, give each player a straw plus an empty plate, and see how many candies the children can transfer to their own plate within a minute, using suction.
Pong Tac Toe – Secure 5 large cups, or a muffin tray, to one end of a table using blue-tac. Give each child 1 minute to bounce ping pong balls down the length of the table and see how many they can get in a cup.
Marble Toes – Place several bags of marbles in a shallow tub, and also place an empty plate a few feet away. Give children 1 minute to transfer as many marbles as possible from tub to plate, using just their toes. Here’s a hygiene hint – play this game after a foot-spa for extra cleanliness!
Fill a laundry basket or two with an assortment of dress-ups, hats, coats, gloves, jewellery, fairy wings, whatever you can find. On the count of 3, have the children rush to the wardrobe and create an outfit within 2 minutes. For safety, have just a few children playing at a time. You can award points for each outfit, or take a photo and at the end hand out prizes for ‘most original’, ‘most unusual use of an item’, ‘most colourful’, etc, or simply get the kids enjoy creating their outfits without the competition element. This game is also a fun intro to running a fashion parade.
Charades or Pictionary
You probably played charades in your childhood, and it’s a fabulous game to introduce to a new audience. Children take turns to act out a movie, book or TV show, without saying any words, and the other children have to guess the title. The child who correctly guesses then takes their turn as the actor.
Older children may like to think up their own titles, but for younger kids you can get them to pick a card with a title written on it. You can make these up before the party with the assistance of your child.
There are particular types of movements the actor can do to represent ‘movie’, ‘book’, ‘one word’, ‘first syllable’ etc, so it’s good to run through those with the kids first (check out YouTube if you’re unfamiliar with these). You might help the kids with the first few rounds until they get the hang of it, but once they do, the game can go on for as long as their imaginations let them.
Pictionary is a game run along similar lines, only this time the children have to draw the titles rather than act them out. Use an art easel with butcher’s paper clipped to it, and thick textas.
Hide and Seek
It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and a perfect game for a night in. Little children will love to play just a basic game of hide and seek. For older children, you can play the ‘sardines’ version of Hide and Seek – one person goes and hides, then the others go hunt for them. If anyone finds the first person, they join them in their hiding space. Gradually, all the children are packed into the hiding space like sardines. For another version of Hide and Seek, the children have to sneak back to ‘home base’ without being caught by the seeker.
There will probably be areas in your house that you’ll want to keep out of bounds. Make sure you explain this at the start of the game and consider adding an ‘out of bounds’ sign to the door of any room you don’t want disturbed.