The ultimate party game for tween girls
It’s called Musical nails and it’s brilliant fun. In fact, Musical nails has been a huge hit for everyone for years, including me. I love it because it takes a good half an hour to play the game and not a single kid seemed to mind one bit. The kids love it because they get to paint their nails all different silly colours and might get a nail polish to take home.
How to play Musical nails
What you need
- Bottles of nail polish: Try to have at least five or 10 different colours. They make great prizes for the winners.
- A piece of A4 paper for each girl (this is just to put under their feet to protect your floor when they are painting their toenails!)
- Good tunes you can switch on and off
How to play
It’s a simple remake of an old classic: The music starts and the girls need to pass the bottles of nail polish around the circle until the music stops. When the music stops, whoever is holding a bottle of polish paints one toenail.
Watch out for the nail polish hogs! Veeeeery sloooow to pass the polish along and they end up with half their nails painted before anyone else has even had one. There’s always that kid… 🙂
It’s a good idea to pause the music for plenty of time and let the girls know there is NO RUSH. I forgot to do that in the beginning when we first played the game and the toes speak for themselves:
The winner is the first person to paint all of their toenails. You might find there’s a ‘race for the final toe’ situation happening and it could be difficult to judge who actually got enough polish on the toe to be deemed ‘finished’. So have an extra prize or two up your sleeve for a couple of winners.
You can have also have other place winners by keeping the game going until the very last kid paints their very last toe nail. It’s fun to have a prize for the kid who finishes last too.
Once the winners have been awarded and the game is done, you can send the kids girls outside for their toe nails to dry before starting on another party game: