11 Teen Party Ideas and Activities that Don’t take much Prep

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I love having the party house. It’s always been my dream, and I want my home to be a place that my kids friends want to come. Since I’ve been teaching the early morning bible study class, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the peers of my son, and one of my biggest goals was for these freshman kids that feed into 5 different high schools, to become friends with each other.  With that, I’ve had monthly socials at my house, mostly on Saturday nights, often around holidays. I’ll scour the internet for ideas, and it became tricky to sift through the kiddie party ideas, so I thought I’d put together a list of 11 Teen Party Ideas and Activities that Don’t take much Prep. Some of these require a few supplies, but little prep. Others are activities to do that just need bodies! Several of these we have played at our get togethers, with great success!

BE THE FUN HOUSE! 11 Teen Party Ideas and Activities that dont take much prep

If you have other ideas, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Here we go….

1. Three legged soccer.

Split kids into two teams. Have bandanas or t-shirt strips to tie legs together in pairs. With their partner, they run around and play soccer.

2. Who Do You Love?

What you will need: One chair for every child, minus one. (if there are 15 kids, use 14 chairs)

Directions: Arrange the chairs in a circle so that the seats are facing inside. The player who is “it” stands in the center of the circle, and the other kids sit in the chairs facing her. The “it” approaches one of the seated children and says, “Who do you love?” The player who is approached must come up with an answer, such as “I love everyone wearing pink” or “I love everyone who has a dog,” and then anyone wearing pink or who has a pet dog must stand up and scramble to find a new seat. Players cannot shift to the seat next to them, should it become vacant. They must move at least two chairs away from their original spot. In the meantime, “it” should try to sit down in one of the vacant chairs. Once everyone finds a spot, the one player left standing becomes the new “it” and must then approach a seated player and ask, “Who do you love?” There’s no definitive end to the game and no winner. Repeat it as long as the children are having fun. Tips: As you explain the instructions, be sure to tell the kids that pushing and shoving or pulling players out of their chairs isn’t allowed. Use sturdy chairs and not ones that fold. Originally from About.com {here}.

3. Blinded by Love What you will need:

  • Chalkboard or Whiteboard
  • 3-4 Blindfolds

Directions: Have three or four children go up to the chalkboard at once. Blindfold each child, and hand each a piece of chalk. Ask each child to draw a heart on the chalkboard. The children will have fun laughing with each other when they see the silly shapes they’ve actually drawn. Take more turns trying to draw other Valentine theme objects like a flower, a puppy, candy etc. Originally from BirthdayInABox.com {here}.

4. Paper scattergories. Write A-Z on a topic or holiday.

Hand each person a paper and pen, and instruct them to write A-Z in two columns. Give them a theme such as “Christmas” or “Valentine’s” or another word, and have them write something to do with that theme, from A-Z, aiming to be original enough that no one would duplicate. It’s fun to hear all of the different answers. A judge may be needed.

5. Doctor

Have all kids stand in a circle, facing each other. Instruct them to grab hands across a circle, at random, each hand holding a different persons hand. Untangle, going through and around each other, until you’ve made a full circle with everyone holding hands side by side, never letting go of the original hand.

6.  Whipped Bubble Gum

  • Piece of Bubble Gum for each person
  • Paper plate for each person
  • Whipped Cream

Directions: Warning: this is a messy game!  Each player receives a paper plate with a piece of bubble gum, topped with a big blob of whipped cream.  Each player must put their hands behind their back, dig in with their mouth, find the bubble gum, chew and blow a bubble.  First one to do it wins!

7.  Footsy Pop

  • Balloons
  • String

Directions: Have everyone tie a balloon to their foot.  Now have them all run around and try to pop each other’s balloons without getting their own popped.  Simple and fun!

8. ABC Scavenger Hunt

  • Large garbage bag for each team

Directions: This is a fun scavenger hunt idea for your teen party. No need for a list! Divide everyone into teams and set a time limit, say 30 minutes to an hour. Give every team a large bag (garbage bag or pillow case. They must collect as many things as they can that starts with each letter of the alphabet. The item must also fit into the bag. Only one item for each letter and the same item cannot be used for multiple letters. Example a spoon can be either used for the letter S as in spoon or the letter U as in utensil –not both. Which team collects the most items at the end of the time frame wins. Have a non partial person ready to judge if there are any disagreements on if an object should count or not.

9.  The Mummy

  • A roll of toilet paper for each team

Directions: Break into groups of two or three.  Each group gets a roll of toilet paper and picks one person to be the “mummy.”  When the clock starts, all the teams have to wrap their mummy using the whole roll of toilet paper.  The two teams who win are the team who rolls up their mummy the fastest and the team who has the most creative mummy.

 10.  Flashlight Tag

  • Flashlight for each team

Directions: Played like “tag” but instead of physically touching you use the light for tagging.  The person that is “it” counts till a certain number and everyone else hides.  Once counting is done, the person uses the flashlight to search and find others. There are many variations to this game — (1) first person tagged is “it”, (2) last person tagged is “it”, and other variations.  Once tagged, stay in a group together with the person that is “it”.

11. Couples Tag

Pair the group up into two’s. Have everyone standing in a circle, with each couple interlocking elbows. One person is in the middle, and another person is chasing a person outside of the circle. The person being chased needs to lock arms with one person in a pair in the circle, and their previous partner is then being chased.


I’d love to hear if you have any other game ideas below!

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