Ten-year-old children have interest levels and attention spans greater than small children but not quite as mature as teens, so it is important to choose party games that are appropriate for their age group. Social games that use reasoning and role playing will allow 10-year-olds to follow rules and use learnt skills while they enjoy silly fun.
A game of eye witness is similar to murder mystery games played by adults at dinner parties, but scaled down for 10-year-old understanding. One child dresses up as a bandit, and this costume can include any number of funny items such as goofy glasses, a moustache, a trench coat and mismatched shoes. The other children act as witnesses and each has a sheet of paper for note taking. The bandit runs through the room where the rest of the party guests are congregated, and then leaves the room. Each witness writes an eyewitness account on their sheet, providing details about what the bandit was wearing and carrying. After a predetermined time period, the papers are collected and the bandit reappears. The child with the most accurate list of details wins the game.
Hot Potato Dress Up
This game combines the young children's game of hot potato with a dress up game. Before the game starts, a bag is filled with a variety of clothing articles. Include potentially silly items such as bikini tops, ugly neckties, gloves and hats. A parent controls the music for the game. Children stand in a circle and toss the bag around while music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the bag must reach in without looking, take out an article of clothing and put it on over his clothes. The game continues in this manner until the bag is empty, and the children vote to determine who is wearing the funniest outfit.
Minefield is an active game, best played outdoors. Children are split into two teams, and a minefield is set up in the yard using boxes, chairs, buckets and other items. One child from each team is blindfolded, and his respective team must help him navigate from one side of the minefield to the other using verbal instructions. If the blindfolded team member bumps into one of the "mines," he must stop moving for 10 seconds. When the team member makes it through the minefield obstacle course, another team member is blindfolded and must be lead through. The team that gets all its players through the minefield first wins.
Improv allows children to put on a performance for their friends. Split children into groups of four or five kids, and provide each group with a bag of items. Each bag should contain different items, so each improvisation act goes in a different direction. Give each group 15 minutes to look through the bag and come up with a skit using each group member and each item. After the 15 minutes, children can draw straws for the order they will perform their skits.