Now that my oldest daughter is in kindergarten, our afternoons are filled with play dates and after-school activities. Now, the inevitable question has finally popped up -“Can we have a sleepover?” If you’ve decided to take the plunge and let your daughter have her first sleepover, these fun games will keep the girls entertained until bedtime.
If you aren’t game for a wild dance party, continue a round or two of musical chairs early in the evening. Let the girls select their favorite songs, play them loudly from your iPod, and see who’s left standing at the end of a round of musical chairs. The girls will love listening to their favorite music, and the activity is the perfect icebreaker when all the sleepover guests don’t know one another.
Pictionary, either a boxed version or a homemade variation, is the perfect choice for a girl’s sleepover. There’s little to no reading required, and you can use materials you likely already have around the house (markers and paper are all you need). If you’re making your own version of the popular game, simply write down words on paper that the girls can draw for each other and take turns guessing. You can also play the board-game version, though you may need to modify the game slightly for younger girls.
Guess What I Am?
Guess What I Am? is another great game selection for a girl’s first sleepover. Like Pictionary, it also requires no reading. In addition, there are several play options that allow you and the girls to tweak the game to meet their individual likes and needs. The girls will love wearing the cardboard masks and seeing if they can guess what they are using clues from their friends.
Go Fish, Old Maid and Crazy Eights
While these card games classics might seem like throwaway choices, they’re actually ideal for a girl’s first sleepover. Girls can play card games in pairs or in larger groups, they can easily pick up and move to a different game, and a few decks of cards will provide you with a plethora of card games that you can play over the course of the evening. Don’t feel limited to Go Fish, Crazy Eights or Old Maid; teach older children how to play Gin Rummy or Hearts. Once you introduce them to these card games, they won’t need your help to continue the fun. If you expect the girls to stay up late into the evening talking, card games can help them pass the night at their first sleepover.