Indoor group games for teens

Updated April 17, 2017

When teens gather for parties or just informal get-togethers, having games to play can make for fun and memorable times. The games can be simple, using just a pen, paper and some teenage creativity. Indoor games also don't need a lot of room, usually just a place to hang out and enjoy each other's company.

Whistling Lap Bluff Game

Have one teen blindfolded and standing in the middle of a group of teens who are seated. Each teen gets up and moves to a different seat without making any noise. The blindfolded player then sits down on someone's lap and that person must whistle a song or at least grunt if she can't whistle. If the blindfolded player guesses who it is, he and that person switch places and she must be blindfolded. If he's wrong, he must get up and move to another lap.

Speed Lists

This game will test how quickly teens can think on their feet. Give everyone a pad of paper and a pen. Then ask the teens to list as many things as they can in one minute for a particular category. Lists can include teachers at their school, characters in the Harry Potter books, states, countries, candy bars, breakfast cereals, rock bands or rappers, TV shows, athletes, jungle animals, terrible jobs, or words that start with A or any random letter. Have a little prize for each list winner or the person who lists the most after five or 10 lists.


This is another pen and paper game, but with a twist. Have the teens sit in a circle and start by writing down an adjective that applies to a man at the top of the paper. Each player then folds the paper enough so that the word is covered. Then each player hands the sheet to the person on his right and that person writes the name of a male, either present or absent. Then that name is covered and the sheets are passed to the right. From there, the list of things to write and cover continues with an adjective that applies to a woman, the name of a female present or absent, where they met, what he said, what she said, the consequence and then what the world said.


Here's a team game that can have an unlimited number of players per team, but it will be easier if the teens are all good friends and share acquaintances and teachers. Have each player write down three names of people everyone knows, with each name on a separate piece of paper. Fold all the sheets and collect them in a big bowl. Have the first player on Team A draw a name and, without saying the name or using initials as clues, try to get his teammates to guess the person's name. He can use clues about appearance, mannerisms, accomplishments, embarrassing stories and similar clues. Once someone guesses the name, the bowl goes to the next player on Team A and he does the same thing. Team A has a minute to get as many names as they can. Then the bowl goes to Team B for one minute and they try to get as many names as they can. For round two, players may act out clues for the name on the paper, but may not say a word. For round three, the only clue allowed is one word, and not the person's name. The winning team is the one with the most names guessed after three rounds.

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