Easy DIY: Mini game kit

So my kids were put on a electronics detox recently. This, of course, made for some unpleasant restaurant experiences for everyone. 

Luckily, I came across these party favors I had stashed away in my closet– mini Uno, mini Apples to Apples and a tiny crayon set. I ended up putting them in a small plastic case along with some paper and a robot eraser because they were getting lost and beat up in my bag.  And FYI, the cards are actually nice laminated ones, not flimsy at all. 

I keep this kit in my bag and it makes meals out so much nicer. An added bonus is that we all get to interact with each other. 

Make This: Muffin Tin Donuts

Cook’s Country has a tasty recipe for donuts that you just bake in your oven. Maybe not totally donut-like but they are tasty and super easy to make. I used a mini muffin to and ended up with donut-hole size ones.  


Party Time: Pokemon Birthday Party

For Elliott’s last single-digit birthday, he chose Pokemon as the theme. The YMCA provided the perfect space for the kids to run around and I didn’t have to worry about possibly being rained out. 

I arranged to have the kids play Protect the Pokemon (a.k.a. King Pin) and made cut-outs of Pokemon characters from wall decorations and some cardboard. This was followed up by running an obstacle course since I figured that’s what Pokemon trainers would do.  Almost two hours of non-stop play later, it was time for cake. I used this cake for inspiration and made the fondant Pokemon using these tutorials from Roart I found that used polymer clay.  

 After cake, we ended with a Pokeball Punchbox. I decided not to make it a trivia game, but that’s option if you need a longer activity.  The trading of figures that took place after will eat up some time as well.  

 The little Pokemon figures in the punchbox became part of their goodie bags, which included a Pokemon shirt, Pokemon stickers and Pokemon gum.  


Easy DIY: Pokeball Punchbox

I made a Candy Punchbox for my daughter’s 9th birthday, so it’s only fair that I make one for my son’s 9th. Luckily, the Pokemon theme he chose totally lends itself to a punchbox. Using the same basic steps, I used red, white and black tissue paper to create the pokeballs. I started with gluing the black strip in the middle.  I used separate strips just in case the kids punched a little too hard. I didn’t want the entire stripe to tear down the row of Pokeballs.   Then added the red and the white halves.  Again, I used separate rectangles to prevent more than one Pokeball from being punched out. 

I flipped it over and added the button detail with black and white tissue paper circles.   

   I attached the paper bags as in my candy punchbox tutorial, filling them with little Pokemon figures that I found on eBay.  I put three in a little cello bag to make sure no one lost a figure. 


Easy DIY: Pick-a-PrizeĀ 

For a fun take on the grab bag idea, use paper flowers. I made these for my son’s auctioned reused the boxes from his past Mario party. The green envelopes held a variety of gift cards but you could also just attach a number the corresponded to an actual prize.  


Easy DIY: Block Print Cards

While these were made as our school auction project, they would make a great gift idea. 

The kids have been studying Brazil, so they each drew an animal on the printing blocks and I cut them out.  I watched various videos to prepare and it was much easier than I thought (probably since I bought softer blocks, my cutter was new and the kids were instructed to keep their designs relatively simple). 
 The auction project will be the all the children’s prints and then we’ll make shirts and totes as well as sell the print blocks themselves to raise extra money. 

Easy DIY: Pokeball Invitations

With his 9th birthday coming up, my son picked Pokemon as the theme. So the first step was to make invites. 

There are some fun invitation ideas out there–personalized Pokemon cards, pull-out Pokeball cards and pop-up Pokemon invites, but I decided to make Pokeball pop-up invites.  

I used my Silhoutte machine to cut out the card but you can easily do it by hand. (Mmmcrafts has a clear explanation how to do it with a compass.) I used a Fiskar circle cutter to make the smaller circles.  I printed out various Pokemon images I found and cut them out. I used a paper spring to attach the Pokemon but you could use foam tape.   You can either write out your party information or print it out and cut it to fit.