When you are plannig ga family get together and know you have small children at a party it’s often hard to know if, or how you should include them a the murder mystery evening.
We are often on the phone or email chatting to customers about this very thing – so don’t hesitate to get in touch for some free advice. All of us in the office have children ourselves and know how important it is to make them feel included, but also to ensure the adults ALSO have a good time!
If you are worried about content, then that’s the easiest thing to answer and we can do that now! Our TEEN rated games are often the games we direct parents to. These games aren’t TEEN for difficulty level, but rather for content rating. there will be nothign more graphic in a TEEN rated game than you’d see in an average PG. MATURE games will contain more risque plot themes, but probably nothing that you wouldn’t see in an average East Enders, or James Bond film.
In terms of reading levels – they are pitched to be appropriate for 14 and up. Children below that age with a good reading level may also cope fine.
If it’s a “tween” child (9-14) with reasonable reading ability, then you may find it would be prudent if we adjusted the booklet for the character they are going to be playing into 1st person, or reduced the level of involvement for that character during the evening.
This sort of minor amendment would carry a fee, but if you want to avoid any charges, then you can always ask for the booklets in MSword so you can adjust them yourself.
If it’s a much younger child you’d like to involve in the evening, then we’ve found the best idea is to get them involved in supporting activities. It is possible to split off the questions within the rounds, so that the children ask some of the questions, and to spice things up a bit you can hide these questions or provide them as rewards to certain activities they can undertake in the time they would usually be sitting “bored” at the table.
In this instances we would usually suggest leaving the questions within the adult booklets too – this ensures that if clues go missing, or children suddenly decide to watch a movie, the adults don’t have to get down from the table and engage in a pass the parcel style activity to find them!
Again we can rearrange things for you so questions are removed and stored in a file for the children, and keep them “greyed out” in the adult booklets – or we can email the game to you in MSword so you can adjust it yourself.
Here are a few suggestions for how to involve the children when it comes to obtaining the questions each round.
Sometimes whole family groups want to get involved in extra activities with the children to make it more of a family affair.
This is great for Christmas get togethers.
If so – then simply split off all the questions and distribute them as rewards for team activities.
Some game ideas are always included in the making the most of your theme document provided with each kit – but how about some of these ideas?
Split into teams and give each one a piece of newspaper. The aim is to create the longest strip of newspaper by tearing the paper into a long line, but you CAN’T stick the paper together or knot it, so if you break the line, you have to start again.
We supply activity ideas inside our team building and ice breaking free info sheets – so why not download a few of those and find some ideas of your own!
Don’t forget we also have children’s activity packs available in our accessory section. These are pitched to suit the varying ability of primary school (kindergarten) children, with activity sheets ranging from dot to dot and spot the difference to decryption tasks. At just £1 to download you can’t go wrong.