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Miserable party games for fun and profit - Not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be
rollick
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Miserable party games for fun and profit
Been googling around for creative games for 8-year-olds, and mostly finding loud, running-and-yelling party games. And then there's this:
Whipped Cream Round The World
Have children stand in one line. Two plates of whipped cream are passed from each player along the line whilst players are dancing to the music. When the music stops, the player must rub the plate of whipped cream 'round the world style' (start at the front and rub the plate around the head back to front), on their face. They are then out. Plates are replenished and repeated until the last player is standing. Obviously the last player get the 'world treatment.
This sounds more like a punishment than a game — first, a punishment for the kids participating, and then a punishment for all the parents who have to get whipped cream out of their kids' eyes, ears, noses, hair, and clothes, and then finally a punishment for whoever's hosting the party, because there's going to be whipped cream everywhere. This reads to me like the equivalent of a fun party game called "Dump the honey on the rug."

I'm-a feelin': annoyed annoyed

14 people still haven't weakened / Isn't it a great life?
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vatna From: vatna Date: March 15th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
If they're not already into Pokémon, the theme decks are a good entry point to the trading card game.

When I was that age, I played board games and card games at every opportunity. Crazy Eights!
ladycelia From: ladycelia Date: March 15th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That does not sound even remotely like a fun game. For anyone.

At that age the "stick your hand in a box of something and try to identify it" game was usually good. Still messy, but more contained.
revme From: revme Date: March 15th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
FEELYAT!
From: lhn Date: March 15th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember when Flash Gordon played that with Prince Barin on Arboria: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/mv-D5ayq/flash_gordon_film_the_wood_beast/
polyfrog From: polyfrog Date: March 16th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know this one, Reverend Mother Mohiam! It's "Searing Pain!"
From: magdalene1 Date: March 15th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
They should call this game "Hazing Ritual for People With Servants."
rollick From: rollick Date: March 16th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Seriously. I can see a you-style short film where the adults line up the kids and start the game, and Our Awkward POV Protagonist is the first one "out," and reluctantly smears whipped cream all over his/her face. Whereupon all the other children declare this is gross and they aren't participating, and one kid is left covered in gross while everyone else runs off to play.
ilwitchgrrl From: ilwitchgrrl Date: March 15th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Believe it or not they take reallllly well to Werewolf. My son is eight and I've played it with them at cub scouts a few times. I also brought it in as the Halloween party for his class and when I came back for the Christmas and valentines parties, both times I was mobbed by children screaming 'ARE WE GOING TO PLAY THAT GAME AGAIN?!' They aren't great at the subtle nuances of the game, lol, but it's a great intro to further gaming I think.
rollick From: rollick Date: March 16th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh. It'd definitely be interesting to see a bunch of eight-year-olds go at this, though in our case we only have two kids, and the eight-year-old may well be too hyper for anything this involved. But somewhere down the road, I definitely need to introduce him and his friends to it.
ilwitchgrrl From: ilwitchgrrl Date: March 18th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
If / when you do just make sure you have low expectations, lol! There will likely be lots of peeking and shrieking but every group of kids I've played it with has loved it. It also lends itself well to adaptation for 'themed' parties. Our Cub Scout camp was spy-themed so instead of werewolves there were spies, and the seer was an FBI agent who received special intel each round. And for a Scooby Doo themed party we played 'Scooby Doo vs the werewolf', where everyone was a member of the Scooby gang instead of a villager. There was only one Velma - the 'seer' - and she got an extra clue each round.
buscemi From: buscemi Date: March 15th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the whipped cream game falls into the category of "I'm not cleaning that up." ;)
spreadnparanoia From: spreadnparanoia Date: March 16th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that sounds awful. But one game I used to play at camp around that age that I love was called The Chocolate Game. The players sit in a circle and in the center is a set of clothes that can be put on over your clothes (we used oversized stuff from the costume closet - a jacket, pants, a tie and a hat), a paper plate, a bar of chocolate and a plastic fork and a knife. Then you pass along a pair of dice and everyone takes time rolling. If you roll doubles you shout "Doubles!" and run into the center of the circle, put on all the clothes and try to eat the chocolate with the fork and knife. The trick is that the dice are still going around and if someone else gets doubles they get to take your spot. So it's all about speed, looking silly and eating chocolate. I recommend a bar that's not vacuum sealed so you can leave the wrapper on to add to the challenge (opening the wrapper with a knife was always satisfying).
rollick From: rollick Date: March 17th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm fascinated, yet dubious. Anything that involves kids trying to cram food into their mouths as fast as they can, plus a bunch of running, seems destined to lead to barfing. And how much motivation does the kid with the clothes on have to get the clothes back off for the person replacing them? Or are they rushing to do it so they can get back to their place in the circle so they have another chance at the dice? And the kids don't mind all eating off the same fork?
spreadnparanoia From: spreadnparanoia Date: March 17th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's basically no running involved. The only movement is getting from the perimeter to the center of the circle and then putting the clothes on and eating. Plus if you have a decent number of people playing the most any kid is likely to eat is a single bar. The kids are usually pretty fast to strip down due to wanting to get back into the circle and the other kid practically stripping them for a shot at the chocolate. No one I played with seemed to mind using the same fork, but if you're concerned or they are you could give each kid their own fork that they take in with them.

Edited at 2013-03-17 05:58 pm (UTC)
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