So... what would you do, if, God forbid, you had to be a fourteen-year-old girl? Click To Tweet And, say, it was your birthday. And you wanted some cool things to do with your friends. And not cool in the way your mom, who has the best of intentions, might think of as cool, but cool.
Because my wonderful daughter is going to be 14 on Friday. She’s having a sleepover and party for a few friends on Saturday. I’ve figured out pizza. You can’t screw up with pizza. I told her about this game we used to play, back when I was a cool teen girl–you know, like, a million years ago?–called “Who-What-When-Where-How-and-Why.” That even sounds lame.
But, no. It is fun. Really. They start with a piece of paper for every person playing. They write down the above, each on a different line, and fill in the who. Could be someone there, could be a celebrity, could be *giggle* a parent. Then they fold the paper so it covers what they wrote and pass it to the next person. When they get passed a new piece of paper, they complete the next line, fold, and pass. When it’s done, everyone opens their paper and reads it, in a narrative fashion. It’s like mad-libs meets the game where you whisper something in someone’s ear and then they whisper what they think they heard in the next person’s ear, and so on.
But, um…. I need more ideas. Help me!!!!11
Ouija boards are a good way to scare the bejesus out of them. We used to play truth or dare as well.
I don’t think 14 year old sleepovers need to be organized, though. Just feed them and set them loose.
I’ve been doing research on psychics and ghosts. No Ouija boards. That’d scare the bejesus out of ME. I’m probably overthinking. You know, I tend to do that.
I used to be a drama teacher. I wish I had a typed document of all the games we played. You might find a few by doing a search for Ice Breakers and Team Building Games. There’s Two Truths and a Lie (always popular). And watch as many youtube videos of Whose Line is it Anyway that you can get your hands on. :)
But some kids are too shy for the Whose Line games. There’s “I Never.” — Okay, it’s a drinking game, but who says you can’t do it with M&Ms?
I also agree that they’ll probably take care of themselves once they get warmed up. You could start them off with some sort of task… baking cookies?
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Thanks for the advice, Sophia. I think teachers are awesome and a drama teacher–you must have story structure down pat.
I love the idea of turning a drinking game into wholesome chocolate-eating fun!