35 Fun Challenges for Kids to Do at a Sleepover

Are you searching for fun sleepover ideas for kids? Consider these fun challenges ideas for kids to do during sleepovers.

Sleepovers will never go out of style, and it doesn’t matter how old you are; they are still fun for everyone, particularly because of the silly activities or challenges you do with friends during sleepovers.

If you are a mother, hosting sleepovers, and you want the kids to have a great time, here are some fun sleepover ideas.

The great thing about these sleepover games is that they are not overly competitive. Sure, they are called challenges for a reason, but everyone playing knows it is just a fun game.

So, if one of your sleepovers ever hits a lull or you feel like your guests are getting bored, try out one or more of these challenges for sleepovers to ensure everyone has a great time.

Challenges for Kids to Do at a Sleepover

Challenges for sleepovers

Here are the top picks for challenges to do at a sleepover.

We’ve selected fun challenges for kids and teenagers that wouldn’t get you angry calls from other parents in the morning.

35. Tickle Me Challenge

To participate in this Challenge, the kids are expected to correctly answer certain trivia questions or be tickled by the one who asked the question.

To begin with, a list of questions can be gathered. These questions could be about famous celebrities, a popular tv show, or any fun topic. Each participant in this game will then take turns asking another person a question.

If the person who’s supposed to give an answer is incorrect, they will get tickled for a couple of seconds!

Alternatively, this Challenge can also be played by a participant filling up their mouth with water. Then, he or she is tickled to see how long they can keep a straight face and not laugh. A timer can be set for this part — for as short as 10 seconds or as long as a minute. If the player with water in their mouth manages to hold back their laughter and not spit out the water for the allocated time, they win the round and can be awarded a prize.

Take a look at how this family played the Tickle Me Challenge:

What You Need:

  • A list of trivia questions
  • A timer (a phone’s timer will do)
  • Some water (if you’d like to hold some water in your mouth while being tickled!)

34. Say Anything Challenge

To play this game, the kids will need some tape, a bowl, and some paper and a pen.

Everyone can decide to pick specific categories or one person can be selected to do this task. These categories could be Animals, Fruits, Food, or anything at all. These categories are written in papers and placed in the bowl, and every participant will take turns drawing categories from the bowl.

For example, if the category chosen is Food, the first person who pulls out the paper may begin with Spaghetti, and the next person could say French fries, and so on until one person cannot think of a food that hasn’t been mentioned. Whoever stumbles gets a piece of tape on their face, and the player with the most pieces of tape loses the game.

Here’s how these girls pulled it off:

What You Need:

  • Tape
  • Bowl
  • Paper/Writing materials
  • A list of categories

33. Spin Tasty Challenge

This Challenge may be considered as a clean and age-appropriate version of the popular “Spin the Bottle” game for kids and teens.

To play, you’d need a bottle (or any item with a “head” and a “tail” and can spin, which is more suitable for younger players) as well as six plates filled with different items.

On three of the six plates, you’re allowed to put some tasty food/snack that can be eaten. This could be crackers, cookies, candies, or brownies. On the other three plates, you can put some weird but edible items. This could be mayonnaise, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, relish, butter, etc.

Next, place all six plates in a circular order with the spinnable object at the center.

Each player will then be expected to spin and at whatever plate the spinning object faces, the player will be expected to take a taste or a bite of the item.

Here’s how these guys played this Challenge:

What You Need:

  • A spinnable object with a “head” and “tail” (could be a plastic bottle, a phone, etc)
  • Plates
  • Edible items

32. Guess The Lyric Challenge

This fun challenge is quite similar to the Human Shazam Challenge — sure, you’re great at identifying songs, but how well do you know the lyrics?

To play this game, one participant/moderator is expected to write down some parts of the lyrics of their favorite songs on pieces of paper. These could also be theme songs or soundtracks from popular shows. The papers with lyrics are then placed inside a bowl.

Each player is expected to draw out a paper, read or sing out the lyrics written and guess the lyrics that’s supposed to come next.

For example, if you’ve written the lyrics of Beyoncè’s Brown Skin Girl, the paper may contain something like, “Oh, have you looked in the mirror lately? (lately)

Wish you could trade eyes with me (’cause), ___________________”

The player is expected to continue by singing out the line that comes next, which in this case is, “There’s complexities in complexion…”

You never know how well you know the lyrics to your favorite songs until you play this game!

Here’s a fun video to start this Challenge with:

What You Need:

  • Pieces of paper/Writing materials
  • A list of songs/lyrics

31. Blindfolded Hairstyle Challenge

This Challenge is suitable for a girls’ sleepover, as it involves styling hair.

To play, every participant is expected to team up in groups of two. The game is to see which member of the team does a better job of weaving or styling the other’s hair while blindfolded. You can use a sleep mask as a blindfold for this game. To decide who sits to have their hair done and who is blinded, you can flip a coin.

Whoever does a better job at styling the hair wins. It’s best to not use hot tools when playing this game to avoid any kind of accidents.

Here’s a look at how these girls did:

What You Need:

  • Sleep masks as blindfolds
  • Simple hair tools like a comb or a brush

30. Guess the Oreo Challenge

This fun game requires packs of different Oreos flavors to play. You’d need as many as you can gather.

To play, all participants are expected to take turns at trying out different Oreo cookies while blindfolded to figure out what flavor they’re tasting. Each participant can taste a number of cookies from different flavors and try to guess each. Whoever does the best job at guessing correctly wins!

Here’s how these kids played the Challenge:

What You Need:

  • Plates
  • Different flavors of Oreos
  • Blindfolds (sleep masks will do)

29. The Alphabet Challenge

To play this game, all participants are expected to compile a list containing topics of interest. These topics could be food, countries, animals, etc. They can be written in pieces of paper and tossed into a bowl.

To start, one player will randomly draw out a topic from the bowl, and then starting with the letter A, he or she must mention words that fit into the category drawn out and that starts with the letter — that is, from letter A – Z.

The point of this game is to see how far each player can go without running out of ideas that fit the category and also starts with a certain letter. Any player who goes the farthest by mentioning the most words that fit the category wins this Challenge.

You can also pick out a new topic after everyone has had a turn.

Here’s a fun Alphabet Challenge game:

What You Need:

  • A bowl
  • A piece of paper/writing materials
  • A list containing random topics of interest

28. 20 Questions Challenge

First, think of an object that can be classified into a certain category. For example, if you think of watermelons, your category will be Fruits.

Next, mention whatever category you choose to all players so that they have an idea regarding what object you’re thinking of. It is, however, their duty to figure out the specific kind of fruit.

For them to do this, all participants are allowed to ask the one who’s thinking of an object 20 questions altogether as they try to figure it out.

The participant who has the specific object in mind is only allowed to give a “yes” or a “no” as an answer. The aim is to see if the other players will come close enough to figure out what the object in question is or not.

Here’s a helpful video on the 20 Questions challenge:

What You Need:

  • A list of objects that can be categorized

27. Speed Dance Challenge

This is one Challenge that encourages all players to get on their feet and move!

To play this game, a volunteer or all participants would be expected to compile a list containing some of their favorite and most popular songs right now.

They could also be songs that have a popular choreography that’s everyone’s familiar with. An example could be speed dancing to Megan Thee Stallion’s Savage while following the popular dance choreography

Here’s how these girls nailed this Challenge:

What You Need:

  • A compilation of songs OR one song with a popular dance choreography

26. Guess the Movie/Videogame from A Song Challenge

This is a fun and straightforward challenge that everyone can participate in. It’s also a great way to see how well you know Tv shows, video-games or popular animation movies.

To play, one participant may volunteer to compile a list of soundtracks from different movies, video games, popular cartoons, Netflix/Hulu shows, or any other source.

Alternatively, here’s a fun video you could use for your game:

What You Need:

  • A compilation of soundtracks/songs

25. Mute Challenge

To play this Challenge, all participants are required to be on alert if they’re trying not to lose.

One player is expected to volunteer to hold a remote while all other participants perform different activities like dancing, sipping on a soda, brushing their teeth, applying some make-up, or any other activity that requires a lot of moving around or noise.

Every time the participant with the remote holds down the mute button (either to the entire group of players or at a particular player), the participant(s) must immediately stop whatever activity that was taking place or whatever noise that was being made. Any player who does not go mute on time loses the round.

Here’s how this family did at theirs:

What You Need:

  • A remote
  • A list of activities to perform

24. Pancake Art Challenge

This popular Challenge is usually reserved for much older kids, or it would require a lot of adult supervision.

To begin, you’d need a nonstick pan or a crepe pan to make your pancakes in. You’d also be needing a lot of pancake batter so every player can get some for their pancakes, as well as gel food coloring to decorate the pancakes with.

Once all the players have their pancakes ready in whatever shape, size, or forms they’d like (this is where adult supervision comes in, especially for younger kids), every player gets some gel food coloring in as many colors as possible.

All players can be timed for about 30 minutes as their imaginative side runs wild, and they creatively decorate their pancakes as they like.

Once the time is up, the adults can choose who had the best-looking pancake, or every player can vote for whose pancake looked better (try not to vote for yours!)

Here is one fun Pancake Art Challenge to get some inspiration from:

What You Need:

  • Pancake Batter
  • Pans
  • Gel food colorings (as many as possible)
  • A timer (a phone can be used for this)

23. Say it Backwards Challenge

This game involves getting the players to say certain words backward without stuttering or mispronouncing the words. Whoever accurately says a word backward wins the round.

A timer can be used to make sure everybody gets an equal amount of time to figure out how to say a word backward (this could be 5 seconds), or you can allow all players to take their time to properly say a word backward.

To make it as fun as possible, you can start by making a list of simple words. These could be words like “Bubble bath”, “Burger”, “Cartoon” said backward.

Here’s how these kids did at the Say It Backwards Challenge:

What You Need:

  • A list of words

23. What’s in The Box Challenge

To play this game, the kids are expected to guess correctly what’s in the box with just their sense of touch (that is, their hands).

Participants are allowed to touch the object inside the box (which could be toys or household items), and when a built-in timer goes off after 10 seconds, the kids are expected to guess what’s inside the box. A point is won for any kid who guesses the object correctly.

To add to the fun, the front doors of the box can also be kept open so that the other participants can watch the player guess what they can feel.

The game has a very simple format so that you can add your twist and quirks to stun your opponents.

Here’s a look at how this game usually goes:

What You Need:

  • A customized Challenge Box OR a cardboard box that can be cut
  • A tool to create two holes at both sides of the box (if you’re using a cardboard box)
  • Any kind of item to put inside the box

22. Mannequin Challenge

Although this Challenge has been around since 2016, it’s still fun to play today.

The mannequin challenge can be created to reflect the kind of activities that most people do at a sleepover. For example, one player could be applying some nail polish on her fingernails, another player could be snacking on some chips, a player could whisper some “secret” into the ears of another, and so on.

One participant in this Challenge can be assigned to go around and try to subtly distract other players by making silly faces just to see who cracks first. Alternatively, everybody could take up an activity and wait to see who moves from their mannequin position first.

Here’s a really cool video of the Mannequin Challenge:

What You Need:

  • A list of fun activities to do while pretending to be a mannequin

21. Drawing Blindfolded Challenge

Kids spend a lot of time and effort on their drawings. What happens, however, when they aren’t allowed to see what they are drawing?

For this Challenge, you are going to need to give your child a pencil and a piece of paper. Next, each kid will wear a blindfold and then attempt to draw an object of their own choosing. To help the game go a little faster, you can select what objects the kids should draw, and you can set a time limit for everyone to submit their drawings.

Now, these challenges can be played in several ways. One way to play the blindfolded drawing challenge is for everyone to decide on who has the best drawing. Another way is for the other children – to guess what they have drawn. The first person to correctly guess the picture is the winner.

Here is a look at how some kids managed to do this Challenge:

What You Need:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Blindfold

20. Accent Challenge

For this grand Challenge, the kids have to mimic different accents. The accent challenge is hugely popular among kids and teenagers because it does not involve any material or elaborate activities. The Challenge can be played in school, at home, and most importantly, during sleepovers.

To play the accent challenge, you have to decide on an accent for your opponent to mimic. For example, you can ask your opponent to mimic the famous British Accent or the badass Eastern European accent. Similarly, the kids can imitate the accent of their favorite T.V character.

Overall, the accent challenge is a delightful game for sleepovers.

Here’s a very interesting accent challenge:

What You Need:

  • Accent Ideas

19. Beans and Chopsticks Challenge

Can you pick beans from a bowl with a Chopstick? This is exactly what the beans and Chopsticks Challenge is about. For this Challenge, the participants will need an empty container; a plate or bowl is fine. Next, the participant will use chopsticks to transfer beans from a can or a bowl into the empty container. The contestant with the highest number of beans in the formerly empty bowl wins the Challenge.

Watch these adorable kids take on the viral Beans and Chopsticks challenge:

What You Need:

  • Can of beans
  • Chopsticks
  • Empty container

18. Blindfolded Makeup Challenge

At a girls’ sleepovers, as a tradition, a makeover or two inevitably takes place.  Now, the makeovers aren’t all about looking better – most of them are downright goofy. The blindfolded makeup challenge takes it to another level.

For this Challenge, depending on the rules, the blindfolded contestant will have to do her own makeup while blindfolded. The goal is to make sure that it goes on as perfectly as possible. You can also split the kids into teams. The team that manages to have the neatest result wins the Challenge.

Even the most skilled makeup artist will find this viral Challenge quite tough.

See how these girls managed to do it:

What You Need:

  • Makeup
  • Blindfolds (Eye masks)

17. Guess That Pizza Challenge

The pizza challenge is a fun challenge for sleepovers because everyone gets to eat pizza afterward.

This fun challenge requires the kids to take a bite from a slice of pizza and guess which pizza they just tasted. The game has several variations. For example, the kids can guess what flavor or topping is on the pizza, or they can just guess what pizza shop the pizza is from.

Here is a viral pizza challenge video:

What You Need:

  • Pizza
  • Blindfolds (a sleep-mask will do)

16. Internet Slang Challenge

These days, everyone spends a considerable amount of their time on the internet. As expected, if you spend a lot of time doing something, you are going to get good at it. So how strong is your knowledge of internet slangs?

The Internet Slang challenge is a sure winner among teenagers and kids. Remember, you can make this game more fun by setting fun penalties for anyone who fails to answer correctly. For example, anyone who doesn’t answer correctly can get tickled.

Here’s how these girls did the Internet Slang Challenge:

What You Need:

  • A list containing Internet Slangs

15. Minute To Win It Games

The Minute To Win it games have been around for a long time, and it is an excellent source of fun challenges for kids.

Minute To Win It games is similar to seven-second challenges. The major difference is for the Minute To Win It games, you have a minute to complete your task. This is a huge list of fun games you can complete in sixty seconds.

Here is an exciting Minute To Win It video:

What You Need:

  • Timer
  • A list of fun tasks to complete

14. No Thumbs Challenge

Everyone takes their thumbs for granted. So, what will you do when you no longer can use them? Well, make a mess of things, of course!

In this Challenge, you have to tape the player’s thumbs in a way that they cannot use them, no matter how much they try. Then, give the player a simple task to try out. Go for something funny, like trying to eat cereal or putting on clothes. Then watch as this easy activity becomes a lot more challenging and hilarious.

The first child to complete their task is the winner of the Challenge!

This brother and sister duo certainly have a time of it with this game:

What You Need:

  • Tape
  • A list of activities to do

13. Whisper Challenge

Have you ever tried to get kids to use their ‘indoor voice’ on multiple occasions and failed miserably? Well, this Challenge should help with that.

Depending on how old the kids are, you can either give them cue cards to read from or just have them make up their own dialogue. Adult supervision can be useful, especially for young children.

This Challenge is best played in pairs. To begin with, one participant has to wear a pair of headphones and listen to music. Another has to whisper something to them. The kid with the headphones on then has to guess what was said to him or her. After a certain number of tries, the other child gets a turn. The kid with the correct answers wins the game.

See how these two did with the Whisper Challenge:

What You Need:

  • Headset(s)

12. Dizzy Challenge

This is a fun challenge for kids that everyone will enjoy. The goal here is to get the little ones as dizzy as possible, and usually, adult supervision is needed for this Challenge.

How to make all the players as dizzy as possible depends on the adult. You can have them spin around and around. You can also put them on a chair with wheels and spin them around a bit.

Once all the players are quite dizzy, you need to get them to do something simple. Remember, as they are quite disoriented, so don’t make it too difficult or dangerous.

Try getting them to put a t-shirt on or to find their way to a different spot. If they manage to do it properly, they win the Challenge.

Here’s how these boys played the dizzy Challenge:

What You Need:

  • A list of tasks to do

11. The Popsicle Challenge

In this Challenge, one person may volunteer to blindfold all players and give each person a Popsicle.

Everyone is expected to taste it at the same time and guess the flavor. You can choose a variety of store-bought Popsicles for them to taste. If you want to get really creative, however, you can make your own. Choose unusual flavors or drinks and freeze them in Popsicle molds.

This will most likely confuse the players quite a lot when it’s time for the taste test. Anyone who guesses the most number of flavors correctly wins the game.

See how these sisters fared against each other in the Popsicle Challenge:

What You Need:

  • Popsicle
  • Blindfolds (An eye-mask will suffice)

10. Not My Arms Challenge

The Not My Arms Challenge is a great game to inspire teamwork.

For the Not My Arms challenge, two people have to pair up. Next, both of them have to put on a big t-shirt. The shirt will help you disguise whose arm we are seeing. Following this, the person in front will narrate what their arms are doing, and the person at the back has to act as the arms of the person in front when completing tasks such as eating, drinking, or putting on makeup.

See how these two gave this Challenge a try:

What You Need:

  • Big T-shirt

9. Blindfolded Food Tasting Challenge

The Blindfold Food Tasting Challenge is a fun challenge for sleepovers.

For this Challenge, the participants have to put on a blindfold, and then they have to taste different foods blindly and guess what they just tasted. Remember, to take note of everyone’s allergies before you begin this Challenge so that you don’t give them anything that could cause an allergic reaction.

Here is one interesting blindfolded food tasting challenge:

What You Need:

  • Blindfolds
  • Different kinds of food

8. Human Shazam Challenge

Shazam helps you discover songs you hear. So basically, if you play any part of a song, Shazam tells you what song you are playing.

For the Human Shazam challenge, you have to identify what song is playing by listening to a part of the song.

This Challenge has been around long before the internet, and it is a popular game for music lovers. Similarly, you can bring the fun to the next sleepover you are hosting. It is an excellent way to test the knowledge of your friends.

Here is a fun video of the Shazam challenge:

What You Need:

  • Lots of great music

7. Baby Food Challenge

Do you remember the taste of baby food? In the Baby Food Challenge, you are going to be eating some baby food. However, we wouldn’t count on it to bring back a lot of old memories.

In the Baby Food Challenge, the contestants are going to put on a blindfold. Next, the contestants are going to eat from a can or jar of baby food and guess what flavor of baby food they have just tasted.

As with all fun challenges, the person with the highest number of correct guesses wins the Challenge. Also, you can decide on a penalty for anyone who doesn’t guess correctly.

Here is a video of the baby food challenge:

What You Need:

  • Baby Foods
  • Blindfolds (sleep masks will do)

6. Impression/Guess Who Challenge

Impressions are a fun game for sleepovers because you get to make mimic anyone you want. Even the fellow participants of the game.

The impression challenge requires the participants to make impressions of selected characters. The person with the best impression wins the Challenge.

Musicians, Movie stars, Presidents, Parents, Cartoon, Character, Teacher, Friends are great characters to imitate for this Challenge.

Watch these two charming ladies take the impression challenge:

What You Need:

  • A list of characters to imitate

5. Memorize Challenge

Do you ever wonder if you’re one of the lucky few who are blessed with a photographic memory that stores every detail without error? Here is a great way for everyone to find out!

Basically, the memorize challenge tests the participant’s memory. Mainly, the ability to remember things quickly.

The memorize challenge can be played in multiple ways. First, you can make everyone listen to a song or read a part of a book, and then after a while, they have to recite the thing they just read.

Secondly, you can display some items and give the contestant a set time to note all the items. Next, you remove some items, and the contestant has to guess what items are missing correctly.

Here’s one interesting video of the memorize challenge:

What You Need:

  • Things to memorize

4. Tag Questions

Tag questions are a great idea for having fun with friends. It helps friends to gauge exactly how well they know each other. For a sleepover, tag questions help everyone bond and have fun.

There are different types of tag questions. For sleepovers, the about me tag questions, this or that tag questions, and most likely to tag questions are good questions for everyone to answer about themselves.

Here is a video of the best friend tag, which is equally an excellent question tag for sleepovers:

What You Need:

  • A list of Tag Questions

3. 7-second Challenge

The 7-second Challenge is a timeless challenge that works for almost all occasions. Even for sleepovers, the seven-second Challenge is an excellent game to play with friends.

For the 7-second Challenge, each participant will have seven seconds to complete a task. You can select any task you want, but it has to be a task that can be done in seven seconds. Here are fun 7-second challenge ideas to get you started.

Here’s an interesting video of the 7-second Challenge:

What You Need:

  • 7 Second Challenge Ideas

2. Water Bottle Flip Challenge

How many people can actually flip a water bottle and get it to stand perfectly? Find out with the water bottle flip challenge.

For the water bottle flip challenge, the participant will have to flip a water bottle, and the bottle must land perfectly on its bottom. Any participant who can successfully flip a bottle wins the Challenge. The great thing about this fun challenge is that as long as you have a water bottle, you can play it anywhere.

Here’s a video of the viral water bottle flip challenge:

What You Need:

  • Water bottle

1. Try Not to Laugh Challenge

Even during the worst situations, most of us manage to find some sort of comic relief. Now imagine watching a hilarious video and having to keep a straight face.

The Try Not To Laugh Challenge requires you to watch a funny video without laughing or grinning. In this Challenge, the contestants have to look at a compilation of funny videos without breaking into a smile. The first player to laugh loses the game. This is definitely not an easy game. Even adults have a tough time keeping a straight face.

Here’s a compilation of funny videos for the Challenge — Try Not To Laugh!:

What You Need:

  • Funny videos.

With these fun challenges for kids, you will never host another boring sleepover. Do you know anyone who’s hosting a sleepover soon (or going for one) and could use a list of fun challenges to keep everyone engaged?

Be a sweetheart and send them this article, and they’d be thankful for it!