Birthday Parties For Children



Age Level: 6 and up

Number of Players: 3 or more

What is Needed: a pad and a pencil to count the questions

Type of Game: noncompetitive

Location: inside or outside


Have the children sit in a circle. It (the birthday child at first) thinks of something with which everyone at the party is familiar. The children take turns, going around the circle, starting with the child on the birthday child's right, asking questions in order to guess what the thing is. Each question must be a yes-or-no question; that is, it must be asked in such a way as to be answered by the word yes or no. For example, "Is it alive?" "Is it a person?" "Is it a person in this room?" "Is it a girl?" An adult counts the questions on the pad and tells how many have been used up. If by twenty no one has guessed correctly, It tells the answer. Then the next person to It's left in the circle becomes the next It. If someone guesses the answer, this person becomes the next It.

Twenty Questions Illustration


Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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