Substitute spending hours on the Internet and in front of the television with fun party games for a group of 10-year-old kids. When planning a gathering or party for 10-year-old children, prevent boredom and introduce any unfamiliar faces by allowing the kids to participate in activities. Awarding small prizes to game winners will encourage participation.
Alphabet Animal Game
Have all the kids sit in a circle and select one player to go first. That player has to say the name of an animal that starts with the letter "A," such as ant or antelope. If the player says, "ant," the next player in the circle has to say a name the starts with the last letter of that word. That player could say, "turtle" or "tarantula." Each player has to say the name of an animal that starts with the last letter of the animal said by the player in front of him. You can player this as an activity for fun or eliminate players if they cannot think of a word. The last player standing wins the game.
Backwards Hide and Seek
Select a player to be "it" and have all the other players hide their eyes. The players have to count to 100, while "it" finds a hiding spot. After the players count to 100, they can all start looking for "it." If a player finds "it," he has to hide with him. Each player who finds "it" has to get in his hiding place with him. The last player to find "it," is the "it" player for the next game.
Sponge Relay Race
Divide the players into teams of two and give each team a sponge. Mark a starting line and finish line about 25 feet away from one another. Place a bucket full of water for each team at the starting line and an empty bucket for each team at the finish line. When you say, "Race," the first player in each team line has to dip the sponge in water and race to her team bucket. She has to squeeze as much water as she can in her team bucket from the sponge. After she squeezes out the sponge, she can race the sponge to the next player in line. The first team to fill up their team bucket with water wins the game.
Give each player a straw and a ping-pong or miniature polystyrene foam ball. Tell the children to blow through the straw creating a stream of air. While blowing, each player places a ping-pong or foam ball on the direct stream of air. This makes the ball float in the air. After the kids practice for a bit, have a competition to see who can make their ball float the longest.