Recently I was watching ‘The Voice’ on TV with my teenage daughter and it gave me an idea for a kid’s party game. The game does not involve any singing but does involve the kids trying to ‘disguise’ their voices whilst reading or acting out a popular story or fairy tale.
The set up is simple, in that the party guests are split into small teams. The size of the small teams will depend on the size of the overall party, so if there are 12 guests in total then 2 teams of 6 would be a good number. For a party of 18, 3 teams of 6 could be used. Also teams of 4 could be selected if you think 6 is too large a number for the stories that you want to have acted out.
Each team then takes turns in reading or acting out a fairy tale, each of the ‘players’ takes on one character for example ‘Little red riding Hood’, Grandma, Wolfe etc. The hostess should select stories that have multiple characters and the story can be changed slightly to allow for a fairer distribution of the speaking parts: selecting scenes from the story can do this rather than having the kids read the whole story.
The children reading the story will try to disguise their voices and the other team(s) (that are blindfolded or have their backs to the performers) try to match a story character to a person by listening carefully to the voice.
The game can be played in quick rounds, with the story and characters changing each round or a whole story could be acted out. The ‘guessing’ team(s) does not speak, but waits until the end of a round and then gets together to make a team guess. Alternatively you could ask the kids to shout out names as they think they know the correct answer but this variation will be a little chaotic (but fun). At the end of each round the teams reverse their roles so the guessing team becomes the acting team and vice versa.
For parties where the kids are not all known to each other, have each child read something in their ‘natural’ voice first. Also for these types of parties (where the guests do not know each other that well) I would advise using nametags as the team guessing needs to match a name with a voice.
As the hostess you will find that some of the guests are shy and some will push themselves forward so a little flexibility is needed in preparing and organizing this game, but when the guests get the basic idea this game will be fun even if a little disorganized and fragmented.
This game is also ideal for incorporating into a themed party, for example a ‘princess party’, where popular princess stories can be acted\read out. Preparation is key to these type of games and having multiple stories or scenes drafted out ahead of time should allow you the flexibility to mix and match stories\scenes depending on how the game is going over. In it’s simplest form each guest can read out a small nursery rhyme in turn and the guessing team just tries to match the reader with a party guest (at the end of the round).