Picking games for a 10-year-old’s birthday party can be easy; however, selecting games to keep them interested and involved is a little harder. Party games allow the children to mingle and meet new friends. Award prizes to all game winners to give children an incentive to want to play.
Stretch the Circle - Divide the kids into two even teams and have them stand in a circle. Tell them to get close together and put all their hands in the middle of the circle. Each child grabs the hands of two other players. Once all the children are holding hands, they try to spread out in a circle without letting go of each other's hands. They must go under and over, each other's arms and legs to form a circle. Let the teams compete by seeing who can do this first.
Cotton Bowl - For this game you'll need two large bowls, two chairs, a big spoon, a bag of cotton balls and a blindfold. One person plays at a time while the rest of the crowd cheers them on. Place one bowl of cotton balls on a chair and the other empty bowl on another chair 5 or 6 feet away. The child is blindfolded, spun once or twice and placed in front of the bowl full of cotton balls. The aim is to use the spoon to transfer as many cotton balls from one bowl to the other before the minute runs out. The child who has transferred the most cotton balls is the winner.
Balloon Relay - All you need for this game is several balloons and a backyard. Split the group into teams--ideally, three or four teams of four, but this can be tweaked for however many party goers are present. Give the first player of each team a balloon and direct her to place the balloon between her knees. The objective of the game is for that person to run to a specified spot and back again, then pass the balloon to the next team member using her knees only. If the balloon is dropped or bursts on the run, the player must start over. The first team to have each player complete the run wins.