DIY Hat Design

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DIY hats are much easier to do than many other fashionable DIY projects such as T shirts because you don’t have to worry about making sure that you have enough T shirts that are the right size. All that you need to do is to buy enough hats for the party and get the fashionable decoration items for the time (such as fabric markers or stick on patches). This activity will take about 15 minutes and it may cost about $40 to do.

Materials Needed:

  1. 1 hat to design per child (About $20/dozen)
  2. Fabric markers (About $20)
  3. (Optional) stick-on patches (About $20 per packet on Amazon)

Instructions:

Make sure that each child gets at least one hat. Let them decorate their hats to their heart’s desire. Stick around in case there is some sort of problem.

Mario Pool Party Game

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It’s a me… the Blast Off Party Activities blogger with a great pool party game for anyone who likes Mario and wants to incorporate him into his or her pool party. This game is similar to hot potato. In Mario’s world, little bomb-shaped creatures called bomb ombs often chase after him. He can pick them up, but they will explode a certain amount of time after coming into contact with Mario. This game may cost about $14 to create.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 black beach ball
  • 1 white acrylic paint pen or a silver sharpie
  • something that you can play music through that can easily be stopped and started
  • 1 pool
  • a responsible adult

Setting Up:

  1. Making the bomb omb -Inflate your beach ball. Look at the model below and draw on 2 oval eyes using a white or silver permanent marker.

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2. Selecting the music- use the music from the games to set the mood. You can either buy them in iTunes or simply use your smartphone to play the song from online. Here are some great songs to use off of YouTube:

Instructions:

Have the kids gather around in the shallow end of the pool in a circle. Make sure that everyone can comfortably stand. Explain that this game is like the game hot potato, except we have a bomb omb from Mario instead. When the music starts, pass or toss the bomb omb to another person. When the music stops, the person holding the bomb omb is out of the game and has to exit the circle. When they’re outside of the circle, the children who are out can make a splash when the music stops (like a bomb omb exploding). Play until there is one child left.

Crazy Hat 4th of July Party

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If you’re thinking of hosting your own Independence Day party this year, consider having a crazy hat contest. The one rule should be that the guy lighting the fireworks in the driveway shouldn’t wear his hat on duty or is excused from the game. Tell the relatives and friends to come with crazy hats for the competition.

You can also have the children make their own hats as a craft. You would need to buy as many blank hats as there are children between the ages of 2-13. The teenagers probably won’t want to do the craft. You would need fabric markers and some other designing materials such as glue, glitter, and feathers. You can also substitute an actual hat for a paper plate. You would just need to use a single hole puncher to create the holes to thread the ribbon through before the party. You can then give the kids regular markers, glue, pom pom’s, pipe cleaners, feathers, etc. to make their hats.

You should also consider breaking up the contest into different leagues. For example, you can have a kid league and an adult league. Anyone over the age of 14 should be in the adult league.

Materials Needed:

  1. prizes for the hat contest

Sample Prizes:

  1. Most Patriotic Hat Award
  2. Second Most  Hat Award
  3. Best Hat Award
  4. Runner Up Hat Award
  5. Most Original Hat Award
  6. Uncle Sam Approved Hat Award
  7. Coolest Hat Award
  8. Flashiest Hat Award
  9. Coolest Headband-based Hat Award
  10. Cutest Hat Award
  11. Most Likely to be Seen From Space Hat Award
  12. Most Likely to be in a Parade After this Party Hat Award
  13. Most Likely to Forget their Hat Award
  14. Most Likely to Lose their Hat Award

Pool Rodeo

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Are you thinking of having a cowboy pool party or a poolside family reunion? Then, this pool float is a necessity. It costs over $60 (yikes!) and by the description sounds like a pain in the butt to inflate. It does look really fun and challenging for all ages. At first, I was skeptical about how hard it could be to stay on the bull, but then I saw a bunch of Youtube videos of people testing out the toy and having trouble staying on, such as this celebrity video:

Materials Needed:

  • 1 inflatable bull pool float
  • 1 pool
  • At least 1 responsible adult
  • optional: a stopwatch to keep times
  • optional: hiring a lifeguard for the party might not be a bad idea either

Instructions:

 

Get all of your materials in place the evening before or the morning of the party. Do not wait until the last minute to try to inflate this thing!

Have the first person get on the bull. They will need help to get on it. Start the timer (if you want to make this a timed competition to see who the rodeo star is), and then have the other members of the party grab onto one of the handles and shake the raft until the person falls off.

Then, write that person’s time down and switch to the next person. Repeat until everyone has ridden the bull.

*A little note on the price, someone on Amazon claimed to have bought this toy off the internet for $48, so this might be one of those items that you have to stalk in order to find at a good price.

 

Who pooped in the pool? 💩

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The poop emoji is EVERYWHERE!!!! This pool game is bound to be a hit with a younger (younger than a tween) crowd. All you need is a poop emoji-shaped pool float, a pool, a responsible adult. Having a certified lifeguard at the party would be a good idea.

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Materials Needed:

  • Poop Emoji Float (little poo, medium poo, large poo)
  • a pool
  • a responsible adult
  • (optional) a life guard – in order to get a local certified lifeguard you can either talk to the people at some local organization such as your church or go to your local pool and ask the manager if they know of any lifeguards that would be willing to help supervise your pool party.

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Instructions:

This is a shallow end only game. Everyone should be able to walk around with minimal swimming for safety sake. This game is similar to the pool game Marco Polo, but with some changes. Instead of the person being ‘it’ yelling “marco,” the person will ask “Who pooped in the pool?” Then the party guests will “I did!” instead of “polo.” Remember to only play this in your backyard pool and not a public one.

Start off with putting one person on a pool float. This can be the birthday child or a guest of honor. Everyone should start around in a huddle around the emoji pool float once the person has gotten onto the float. The person on the pool float should close their eyes and yell “who pooped in the pool?”

The pool guests will then swim/run away as fast as they can shouting “I did!” The person who is ‘it’ will try to direct the pool float towards people and asking repeatedly “who pooped in the pool?” until they tag someone. That person will then take that person’s place on the pool float.

Play the game as long as you’d like.

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Pool Float Races

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Cool pool floats are everywhere! They’re at Urban Outfitters, Target, Kohl’s, and are all over instagram. You finally caved and bought one (or are maybe thinking of buying one). Now what? Well, why not have a whacky relay race? This game will be fun for all ages whether at a 4th of July party or for your child’s 7th birthday party.

Ideas Based on Popular Pool Floats (with links through Amazon.com):

  1. Mermaid races (2 mermaid pool floats)
  2. The 4th of July (1 American flag pool float and one either red or Union Jack pool float)
  3. Battle of the Swans (1 black swan pool float and 1 white swan pool float)
  4. Unicorn races (2 unicorn pool floats)
  5. Candy races (1 piece of candy float and another piece of candy float)

Materials Needed:

  • 2 pool floats
  • 1 pool
  • At least 1 responsible adult

Instructions:

Split the party up into 2 groups. Each group will be assigned to a pool float. The kids will race to get their pool float from one side of the pool to the other. When one member finishes a lap, the next member of the team can jump on the pool float (which may be more or less difficult), and try to make it over to the other side of the pool and back before the other kid does. Keep going until one group has had all of its team members do a lap. The team that gets all of its players to return faster than the other team will win.

Tropical Jewelry Making

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The new Disney film, Moana, was stunning to watch. The art and animation was gorgeous. The story was also pretty good. I was inspired when I watched the film and saw Moana’s tribe’s relationship to to the jewelry that they wore. Jewelry not only a status symbol in the film, but it also told a story. Maui wore a necklace that held the teeth or parts of talons of enemies that he had defeated. Moana’s necklace was a family heirloom that was part of the story of a voyaging nation. This is one part craft and one part game. Have the children make jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces and ask them to have a story in mind when they make it. This activity may cost about $20-25 to do and should entertain the group for 5-15 minutes with the the plastic string design and 15-30 minutes if you use hemp braiding techniques.

Materials Needed:

  1. Plastic Animal Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)
  2. Either plastic, stretchy string (which looks like fishing wire) or hemp
  3. Regular Plastic Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)

Instructions:

Place all of the same types of beads together in bowl around the table that you will use for the craft.

For plastic wire:

Pre-cut the bracelet strings and give them to the children at the start of the activity. Leave about an inch and a half to an inch extra of string so that you can easily tie the bracelets for the kids. Make sure you mark the area in the bracelet that the kids can use with 2 permanent marker lines to indicate the area that should be filled in. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story. Help them tie the bracelets on using a surgeon’s knot When everyone is finished, let them go around and tell their stories in a circle. This part of the activity will take about 15 minutes.

For Hemp Bracelets:

First of all, poll the children to find out if they have ever made a hemp bracelet before. Some children with experience may want to make their own design.

This wikihow demonstration will give them a good idea of how to make their bracelets. Have them add beads to the center at their own pace. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story.

Lastly, gather everyone around to listen to everyone’s stories.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Party

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There is more to pokémon than just pikachu. The latest version of the game, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, are far different than past pokémon games in many ways. The most important difference is that this game takes place in Hawaii, so you can combine a tropical party and a pokémon party into one amazing party.

Party Games and Activities:

Arriving Gifts

The people at Gamefreak incorporated the famous Hawaiian hospitality into the game. When each guest arrives, give them a lei to welcome them to the party.

Rent a Pool

Whether it’s in January or July, all kids love a pool party. If your child has a birthday that is in a colder month, then consider renting a space at the pool of a local gym or fitness club. Most of them will have a space for birthday parties and a heated pool.

Take on the Party Island Challenges

In this new game, there are no gym leaders. There are trial captains that the player has to defeat in order to challenge the island kahunas. If you want to get really into this, then you should create paper bracelets (out of white construction or printer paper) for the party guests. Usually, when the player defeats an island challenge, then the trial captain will give the player a z crystal for their z ring. When a child finishes one of these challenges, then you should stamp something onto his or her bracelet. The following a list of trial captains, their types, and games; you should pick 3-5 of these games to play at the party:

Ilima- normal type trainer- In Ilima’s trial, the trainer has to battle hiding pokémon. Hide 3-4 items around the yard such a pokémon figurines or balls that the children have to find and return. Once all of the items are returned, move on to the next trial activity.

Lana- water type trainer- For this trial game, you will need a kitty pool (one of the temporary, plastic pools for young children), a prize for every child, and a lot of plastic or rubber ducks. You can buy them at bulk for a reasonable price online. Mark some of the ducks with a number on the bottom that will correspond with a prize. For instance, the child that will pull duck number one out of the water will receive a piece of candy. Do this until all of the children at the party have gotten a prize. You can let the kids keep the ducks if you want to.

Kiawe- fire type trainer- Kiawe’s trial involves his trained, dancing pokémon, so the game that would make the most sense to play would be freeze dance.

Sophocles- electric type trainer- Sophocles is a very shy trial captain who likes video games. He would like it if you had a video game bracket using a popular game such as super smash bros or mario kart.

Mallow- grass type trainer- Mallow is a grass type trainer, but her family owns a restaurant. Even her challenge in the game involved making food. Any of Mina’s challenges should be a friendly cooking activity such as a DIY cupcake decoration station, make your own mini pizza, a fondue station, etc.

Mina- Fairy type trainer-Mina is an artist. She’ll be impressed with any craft that you come up with for the children whether its those popular, pinterest pikachu ears or just letting the kids scribble whatever they want onto paper.

Acerola- ghost type trainer-Hide some things around the party area that don’t belong. This challenge will be for the children to find the things that don’t belong in a timely manner. Make sure that the children don’t see you place the items.

Take on the Island Kahunas (Pool Games)

In the Pokémon games, there are 4 kahunas that each represent one island. These pool games are inspired by them and once the children have completed them, they’ll have completed their island challenge.

Hala- sharks and minnows

Olivia- Octopus Pool Game

Nanu- Doubloon Game

Hapu- Pool H-O-R-S-E

If you try our suggestions, let us know how it went!

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

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SO… do you want to build a snowman? No? The kids might if there’s snow on the ground. You can use old clothes to decorate the snowmen. This activity should take about 45 minutes to do. If you want to, you can also turn it into a contest.

Materials Needed:

  1. over a foot of fresh snow on the the ground
  2. About 4-6 hats
  3. About 4-6 scarves
  4. About 4-6 carrots
  5. About 4-6 long branched for the arms or cleaning materials with a long handle such as a broom
  6. Optional: snow dye or rocks for decoration

Instructions:

Break the kids up into teams 0f 3-4 and have them work together to create snowman. Once everyone is done, have them talk about their snowman: his/her name, hobbies, and profession. Don’t forget to take their pictures!

Wrapping Paper Fashion Show

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We’ve all tried to save the wrapping paper from Christmas at some point. It’s too pretty to simply throw away, but we don’t always wrap up next year’s presents in the same paper, do we?

A better use of the paper is to simply entertain the kids once they become bored of their presents. You just need to save the wrapping paper from opened presents on Christmas day for this activity. The wrapping paper fashion show should entertain the kids for 45 minutes to a full hour. However, this game is so fun that even the grown up’s will want to play.

Materials Needed:

  1. left over wrapping paper and bows
  2. scotch tape and/or masking tape
  3. enough scissors for everyone

Instructions:

Store all of the leftover Christmas wrapping paper and bows together so that you can easily pull them out when it’s time to play the game.

First of all, the family should decide who is judging. One person can judge or you can have a judge panel. If you have enough people, break the participants up into equal sized groups. Perhaps you can even have a family vs. family contest. The Christmas fashionistas must then decide who the model should be. If the boys in the household seem reluctant to play because the game has the word “fashion” in it, then you should remind them that fashion is just clothes you wear. Having a santa clause and reindeer dotted ninja turtle costume is just as much of a fashion statement as wearing a fancy, sledding penguin dress.

Each team should be given tape, a piece of paper of sketch on, and a pair of scissors. Try to evenly divide up the wrapping paper and bows between the teams. If you can’t, them just make it a free for all. Don’t allow any other materials than what’s been given. Each team has a limited amount of time to come up with an idea and make it. Give them 30-45 minutes.

Once the players have broken up into teams, they should choose one person to be the model. This game is not puppy friendly and the family cat would not like to be the kids’ model. Once time is up, have every one meet in the judging room where they can show off and explain their creations. The judges can have numerous categories of which to judge from. For example the can award the titles of cutest, coolest, Project Runway worthy, what I want for Christmas next year, most creative, etc.

Just don’t forget to take pictures!