There’s nothing better than the sound of kids laughing and playing with friends. If you’re looking for some fun games for your daughter(s) and their friends, you’ll love these 10 great games for girls.
Growing up, games were a big part of being a kid. Chinese jump rope…hand-clapping games…they all stir up wonderful memories of dear friends and amazing summers. A bit of that has been lost for kids today with the age of video games and other electronics. These games for girls remind us that a little imagination and a lot of giggles goes a long way. These games for girls are great for a party, sleep over or just for some fun girl time in the backyard.
1. Funny Fashions. Fill a suitcase or duffle bag with old clothes like shirts, shorts, skirts, hats and socks. At the word “GO“, players race to the suitcase and put on as many clothes as they can over the clothes they are wearing. When the suitcase is empty, each player counts how many pieces of clothing they put on and the girl wearing the highest number, wins!
2. Marshmallow Dash. The goal of this game is to be the first person to cross the finish line carrying ten marshmallows on a spoon. You can take them one at a time or stack the marshmallows on top of one another and go! But don’t go too fast…if you drip any, you need to start all over again.
3. Flashlight Tag. This is an oldie but a goodie. Someone is “It” and has to count to 30-60 while the other players hide. Then, “It” goes around trying to find the others. When “It” finds someone, they shine the flashlight in there face and yell their name. Anyone that gets caught in the light has to go to “jail” until everyone is caught. Once the last person is captured, the game is over. The first person to get caught is “it” for the next round of play. Only the “It” person has a flashlight.
4. Pinkie Promise. This one takes a partner and takes a little bit of teamwork. Players are divided into pairs and the girls stand back to back. Next have the teammates link their pinkie fingers (pinkie promise) and place a balloon between with backs. At the word “GO”, each team will lower themselves down towards the ground until they are sitting on the floor and then stand back up trying not to pop the balloon or break the pinkie promise they are making. First one down and up with everything intact wins.
5. Kick The Can. You’ll need a group of girls (about 5) and an empty can. Pick one player to be “It” and place the empty can in an open playing area. With closed eyes, “It” counts to a designated number while the other players run and hide. “It” has to protect the can while all the other players try to get to kick the can before being tagged. Tagged players go to “jail”, usually just a designated spot in plain sight. If a free player can kick the can without being caught, they set all the captured players free. “It” wins if she puts all players in “jail”. Then a new “It” is picked for the next game.
6. Lights, Camera, ACTION! This game for girls is just like Simon Says but with a twist. Instead of saying Simon Says…the key word is “Action!” One player is the Director (Simon) and give the instructions. The other players are known as The Actors. The Director will give an instruction such as “dance like a ballerina!”. If the Director adds “Action!” after the instructions – the Actors have to follow the instructions. But if the Director doesn’t say “Action!” following the instructions and someone starts the move – they’re out. The last Actor at the end of the games gets to become the Director of the next new game.
7. Sardines. Think of this as hide-and-seek but played backwards! 1 player is picked to hide first. All players stand together with eyes closed and count to at least 30 while the selected player hides. When the group reaches the predetermined number, the hunt begins! All the seekers spread out and start looking for the hiding player. Once a seeker finds the hiding player, instead of yelling their name, they actually join in the hiding place. This continues until all the seekers find the hiding place. It can get pretty tight in that hiding place – like a pack of sardines! The last player to find the hiding place becomes the first person to hide for the next game.
8. Statues. This game works best with 4-5 players. 1 player is chosen to be “It” and stands in the center of a large open playing area with eyes closed. The person picked to be “It” starts to count to at least 10 but can stop whenever they feel like it. While “It” is counting, the other players run about the playing area waiting for “It” to yell “STATUE!” When the running players hear this word they must freeze, taking on a pose of a statue. The key is to stay super still because “It” will be trying to tag any statue that moves. If you are tagged you are out and “It” will continue trying to make the steady statues laugh and move. The last player standing is the winner and becomes the new “It” for the next game.
9. Dangling Donuts. This is a great game for birthday parties too. To play, tie a long string to a donut and hang them from a tree branch or clothesline. Be sure to set the length to the right height for the girls. Have the girls stand in front of a donut with their hands behind there back. When you say “GO”, everyone needs to try and eat their donut using only their mouth. The first one to finish is the winner.
10. Twister With a Messy Twist. A fun twist of adding a little shaving cream and food coloring definitely puts put a messy spin on this classic game. Things will get messy so this is best played outside with a hose close by. You’ll need a Twister game, a few cans of shaving cream from the dollar store and some food coloring. Food color has the potential to stain so be sure the kiddos are wearing old clothes. Start by dividing the shaving cream into 4 large bowls and add the food coloring – red, yellow, green and blue. Once all the colors are mixed, spoon them on the Twister board and your ready to play! Be sure to pick a non-player to spin for the colors and be the referee. The only thing left to do is have fun!
What was your favorite game to play with friends when you were a kid?