10 Engaging Group Games for Older Kids

Are you looking for exciting group games to entertain older kids without needing any supplies? You’re in luck! We’ve curated a list of ten thrilling games that will keep older kids engaged and entertained. From strategy-based challenges to intense physical activities, these games require no additional materials, making them perfect for gatherings, parties, or team-building activities. Prepare for an unforgettable time filled with laughter, teamwork, and friendly competition!

1. Capture the Flag
Capture the Flag is an adrenaline-pumping game that combines strategy, teamwork, and athleticism. Divide the kids into two teams and designate each team’s territory. Each team must protect their flag while trying to capture the other team’s flag. The goal is to return the enemy flag to your territory without getting caught. Communication, planning, and speed are crucial in this action-packed game.

2. Charades
Charades is a classic game that challenges players’ creativity, communication skills, and ability to think on their feet. Write down various movies, books, or activities on slips of paper, and have the kids take turns acting out the words without speaking while their teammates guess. It’s a fantastic game to spark laughter and showcase dramatic talents!

3. Double Agent
Double Agent is a thrilling and suspenseful game that tests the players’ observational skills. Have the kids sit in a circle and secretly select one player as the “Double Agent” by winking at their chosen victims. The remaining players must try to identify the Double Agent without getting winked at themselves. The game continues until the Double Agent is caught or everyone has been eliminated.

4. Reverse Charades
The usual roles are flipped in Reverse Charades, making it an entertaining twist on the classic game. Instead of one person acting out the word for their team to guess, the entire team collaborates to act out the word while one guesses. It’s a lively and hilarious game that encourages teamwork and creativity.

5. Ultimate Frisbee
Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-paced and energetic team sport that requires no equipment other than a Frisbee. Divide the kids into two teams and set up end zones for scoring. The objective is to pass the Frisbee among team members and catch it in the opposing team’s end zone for a point. It’s a fantastic game that combines elements of football and Frisbee, promoting teamwork, communication, and agility.

6. Mafia
Mafia is a strategic and suspenseful game that challenges players’ deduction skills. Assign roles to the participants, including mafia members and innocent civilians. The mafia members try to eliminate the civilians during the night phase, while the civilians must identify and eliminate the mafia members during the day phase. It’s a game of deception, strategy, and analytical thinking that keeps everyone on their toes.

7. Sack Race
A classic outdoor game, the Sack Race brings nostalgia and physical activity. Divide the kids into pairs, each receiving a large burlap sack or pillowcase. On the count of three, the participants hop in their sacks to the finish line. The first pair to cross the finish line wins. It’s a fun and lighthearted game that promotes friendly competition and coordination.

8. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunts are always a hit with older kids. Create a list of clues or riddles that lead the participants to different locations or objects. Divide the kids into teams and provide them with the first clue. As they solve each clue, they move closer to the final destination. The team that completes the scavenger hunt first wins. Get creative with the clues and make the hunt challenging yet exciting!

9. Human Knot
Human Knot is a fun and challenging team-building game. Have the kids form a circle and reach across to hold hands with two different people across the circle. Without letting go of each other’s hands, the group must work together to untangle themselves and form a circle again. This game requires problem-solving skills, communication, and coordination. Can they untangle the human knot?

10. Name That Tune
Name That Tune is a music-filled game that challenges the kids’ knowledge of songs and artists. Prepare a playlist with snippets of various songs from different genres. Play a short clip and let the participants guess the song title and artist. The player with the most correct answers becomes the ultimate music aficionado!

So, gather a group of older kids, create lasting memories, and let the excitement begin! These games are perfect for parties, team-building activities, youth groups, or any occasion that calls for a good time. Embrace these games’ joy and engagement and enjoy the laughter and friendly competition that will fill the air.

Remember to adapt the games based on the age and preferences of the participants, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. So, get ready for endless fun and laughter with these amazing group games for older kids. Let the games begin!




By Chris McKinney

Children's Pastor from the Pacific Northwest. With 20 years of experience in Children's Ministry, Chris uses his knowledge to help others reach families in their communities.