If you’ve ever been to an auction you know just how much fun it can be. Children might be able to tag along with you to an auction but they really can’t participate. Of course, they can always have their own auction. Maybe not on the level of those auctions you’ve attended but a fun auction nevertheless. This year, when your child has a sleepover, play an auction game with the kids that, although it’s not a real auction, it’s fun and exciting anyway.
At the sleepover auction you’ll designate one person the “auctioneer”. This person might be a parent but could also be an older kid. No one will need any money, and no one will actually purchase anything, but there will still be loads of fun.
Use a trash bag or pillowcase for each child to collect auction items from around the house. Set chairs around the room; give each child lots of space as he or she will have a pile of goods to auction.
Have the kids gather things from around the house at the blowing of a whistle or the calling of “go”. Give them a limited time, like one minute, to gather as many things as they can. Designate areas where they can collect items, and places which are off limits. You might allow them to gather objects from the living room but not from any of the bedrooms. Place other limitations, such as stating that no one should collect any knives or breakable objects, like glasses or dishes. Or, that no one can remove things which are hanging on the wall. An adult can supervise to make sure things that could be damaged are not taken in the game.
While the other kids gather auction objects for the game, the auctioneer will make a list of things which will be called during the auction, and assign each of those things a point value. So, the auctioneer might write down “writing instrument, 2 points”, or “anything circular, 4 points”.
After everyone is seated with their bag full of collected things, the auctioneer will call off objects from the list, and kids will pull out said objects from their bags. The auctioneer should have a piece of paper with the guests’ names on it and should write down the points as the objects are announced.
During the auction game kids can only claim something once. For example, if “a writing implement” is called, kids can only claim one pencil, one pen or one marker. The others are disqualified unless they’re called on another round. For instance, if you’ve already claimed a writing implement, and then the auctioneer calls for “anything made from wood” you can claim a second pencil. Also, more than one person can claim points for something the auctioneer calls. If he calls “a pencil” every child in the room can claim points for that if he has a pencil in his bag.
As things are removed from the sacks, and shown for points, they are not put back in the bags. However, later, when the game is over, points are not tallied until all the objects are returned to their original place. The person who returns all items first receives ten extra points. Points are then added and someone declared the winner.