Witch Newspaper Fashion Show

About:

This twist on the classic newspaper fashion show game/challenge will delight Halloween party-goers of all ages. This activity can hypothetically be done for about $15 provided that you already have enough scissors and a newspaper subscription. It can entertain party-goers for about an hour.

What You’ll Need:

  • One pair of scissors per team
  • One roll of masking tape per team
  • Two weeks worth of thick newspapers (about a week of only NY Times Sunday paper size)
  • A hat or bin
  • A blank piece of paper
  • (Optional) construction paper and/or glue and/or glitter and/or markers

Instructions:

Write/print the following list onto a piece of paper and cut out each prompt. Mix up the prompts and stick them in a hat or a bucket.

Prompts:

The good witch

The wicked witch of the west

The wicked witch of the east

The candy witch

Hogwarts witch

Teenage witch

Princess witch

The rich witch

The pumpkin witch

The Southern belle witch

The movie star witch

Before the party starts, make sure that you have enough scissors and tape for each group. Divide up the newspapers equally for each group. Split the party up into equal groups. Have a member from each group pick a witch prompt from the hat/bucket. Give them about 15 minutes to brainstorm and about 30- 45 minutes to create. At the end, have the witch models walk down a designated runway to Halloween music and have the group explain the design.

Optional: give prizes such as ‘wicked,’ ‘most creative,’ ‘cutest,’ ‘funniest,’ ‘judge’s pick,’ and ‘most likely to cast a spell on our hearts.’

Hidden Mickey Hunt for Kid’s Birthday Party

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This activity is a fun way to both decorate and clean up (parts) of your child’s mickey mouse-themed birthday party. Around any Disney theme park and in many Disney movies, Disney tends to hide the Mickey Mouses (also known as “Mickeys”) in its designs (see the images below).

 

For this activity, you’ll cut out your own Mickeys and place them around the party room (in both obvious and hidden places), and then ask the kids near the end of the party to find and collect the ears. This activity will take10 minutes for the kids to do (. This activity should cost a little less than $20 (assuming that you already have scissors and pencils that you can use for the project).

Materials Needed:

  1. construction paper
  2. scissors
  3. 1 pencil
  4. 1 white colored pencil or light colored chalk
  5. 1 (or more if you’re getting help) Mickey Mouse templates
  6. tape (to tape the Mickeys around the room)
  7. 1 crayon/colored pencil per child or 1 bag per child to collect the Mickeys
  8. A prize of some sort for finding the most amount of Mickeys

Instructions:

Using a template (such as a cookie cutter that you already have or a cut-out of the image provided) and pencil for light colored paper (or white colored pencil for dark paper), draw as many Mickey Mouse ears on a piece of paper as you can.

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Here is a fun tip for the project if you have extra time: shrink and enlarge copies of the given template in Microsoft word or in Photoshop to have multiple templates of different sizes. The variety will make for prettier decorations and a more challenging hunt for the kids.

You should have at least three Mickeys to find per child plus one or two extra in case you accidentally snip off an ear. Next, cut out all of your Mickeys.

Either the morning of or the night before the party, decorate the party area with the Mickeys. You’ll probably want to test out the tape you’re using beforehand to make sure that you won’t damage your walls.

Near the end of the party, give each child a crayon or a colored pencil and tell them that whoever can find the most hidden Mickey Mouse ears in ten minutes will win a prize. They have to write their initials on each Mickey Mouse that they find or stick them in their own bag. When the ten minute timer is up, everyone has to return back to starting point and count how many Mickeys they’ve found. Feel free to ply music during this time. The child that got the most Mickeys wins.

Jellyfish Hunting for a Spongebob Birthday Party

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This activity is a fun way to both decorate and clean up (parts) of your child’s Spongebob-themed birthday party. Spongebob and Patrick love to go jellyfishing.

For this activity, you’ll cut out your own jellyfish and place them around the party room (in both obvious and hidden places), and then ask the kids near the end of the party to find and collect the ears. This activity will take 10 minutes for the kids to do (. This activity should cost a little less than $20 (assuming that you already have scissors that you can use for the project).

Materials Needed:

  1. printer
  2. a lot of printer ink
  3. printer paper
  4. scissors
  5. tape (to tape the jellyfish around the room)
  6. 1 bag per child to collect the jellyfish
  7. A prize of some sort for finding the most amount of jellyfish

Instructions:

Using a template (such as a cookie cutter that you already have or a cut-out of the image provided) and pencil for light colored paper (or white colored pencil for dark paper), draw as many jelly fish on a piece of paper as you can.

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You can also cheat and print out this image numerous times:

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Here is a fun tip for the project if you have extra time: shrink and enlarge copies of the given template in Microsoft word or in Photoshop to have multiple templates of different sizes. The variety will make for prettier decorations and a more challenging hunt for the kids.

You should have at least three jelly fish to find per child plus one or two extra in case you accidentally snip off a tentacle. Next, cut out all of your jellyfish.

Either the morning of or the night before the party, decorate the party area with the jellyfish. You’ll probably want to test out the tape you’re using beforehand to make sure that you won’t damage your walls.

Near the end of the party, give each child a crayon or a colored pencil and tell them that whoever can find the most hidden jellyfish in ten minutes will win a prize. They have to write their initials on each jellyfish that they find or stick them in their own bag. When the ten minute timer is up, everyone has to return back to starting point and count how many jellyfish they’ve found. Feel free to ply music during this time. The child that got the most jellyfish wins.

Dolphin Race – Pool Game

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Happy National dolphin day! In honor of this day, I’m going to tell you about a great pool game to play at pool parties.

The goal of the game is to move a ball from one end of the pool to another using only your nose (because that’s how dolphins push balls). This game may take about 10 minutes to play and may cost about $6-$13 to play if you need to buy balls.

What you’ll need:

  1. One ball that floats in water per team (if you plan on using balls that you already have in your home, then you should make sure that they float).
  2. A pool deep enough for the kids to play the game in.

Instructions:

Break the swimming party guests into groups of four or more players. Make sure that you have one ball per team. Make sure that you have the same number of kids on each team. You can either have this game work as a race or part of a relay.

Like dolphins, team members can only use theirs noses to push the ball from one end of the pool to the other, and then back using their nose (although generally using the face to push the ball works too). Only one teammate goes at a time. If anyone is caught using his or her hands to move the ball, that person will have to return to the starting point.

The first team to finish wins!

 

Pool Rodeo

About:

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.

 

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!

Finish the Song Christmas Carol Game

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!… I forget what lyrics come next. I usually end up humming the next part because I can never remember what comes next.

Hopefully, your party guests will be able to remember what lyric comes next in this party game. There are different ways that you can play this game. You can play as the ultimate host and ask everyone for the next lyric. You can divide everyone into 2 teams, put the song cards in a bowl and see how many one team can go through in a minute. You would switch sides as soon as a minute is up and repeat until all of the song cards are gone. The last way to play is to divide everyone up into teams or families. Then the teams can use a sound effect on a group member’s phone or electronic device to buzz in and answer a question.

If you really want to go all out, then you should consider playing the music and freezing it to ask what the next line of the song is.

Materials Needed:

  1. cards with the song line leading up to the song and the missing lyric on it
  2. music (optional)

Songs for the Game:

The part that is in bold is the missing lyrics. Don’t say them out loud!

  1. Dashing through the snow / In a one horse open sleigh/ O’er the fields we go/ Laughing all the way
  2. Bells on bob tails ring/ making spirits bright/ What fun it is to laugh and sing / a sleighing song tonight
  3. Oh what fun it is to rife/ In a one horse open sleigh
  4. You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen / you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen / But do you recall / the most famous reindeer of all
  5. All of the other reindeer / Used to laugh and call him names / They never let poor Rudolph / Join in any reindeer games
  6. Then one foggy Christmas Eve / Santa came to say / Rudolph with your nose so bright / Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight
  7. Then how all of the reindeer loved him / As they shouted out with glee / Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer / you’ll go down in history
  8. Silent night, Holy night / All is calm, all is bright / Round yon virgin, mother and child / Holy infant, tender and mild
  9. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! / Let Earth receive her king
  10. He rules the world with truth and grace / And makes the nations prove
  11. Sleigh bells ring / Are you listening? / In the lane / Snow is glistening
  12. A beautiful sight / We’re happy tonight / Walking in a winter wonderland
  13. In the meadow we can build a snowman / And pretend that he is Parson Brown
  14. Gone away is the blue bird / Here to stay is a new bird
  15. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay / The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay
  16. Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock / Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring / Snowing and blowing in bushels of fun / Now the jingle hop has begun
  17. What a bright time / It’s the right time / To rock the night away
  18. You better watch out / You better not cry / You better not pout / I’m telling you why / (Santa Claus is coming to town)
  19. He’s making a list / He’s checking it twice / He’s gonna find out / Who’s naughty or nice 
  20. He sees you when you’re sleeping / He knows when you’re awake / He knows if you’re been bad or good / So be good for goodness sake
  21. For every year this Christmas tree / Brings us such joy and glee / Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree / Such pleasure do you bring me!
  22. O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant / O come ye O come ye to Bethlehem / Come and behold him born the King of Angels / O come let us adore him Christ the Lord
  23. Rocking around the Christmas tree / Have a happy holiday / Everyone’s dancing merrily / In a new old fashioned way
  24. Rocking around the Christmas tree / Let the Christmas spirit ring / Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie / And we’ll do some caroling
  25. O star of wonder, star of night / Star of royal beauty bright / Westward leading, still proceeding / Guide us to thy perfect light
  26. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas / Just like the ones I used to know (or also acceptable is: With every Christmas card I write)
  27. Oh the weather outside if frightful / But the fire is so delightful / And since we’ve got no place to go / Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
  28. When we finally kiss goodnight / How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
  29. What child is this, who laid to rest / On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
  30. Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul / With a corncob pipe and a button nose / And two eyes made out of coal
  31. There must have been some magic / In that old silk hat they found / For when they placed it on his head / He began to dance around
  32. The first Noel, the angels did say / Was certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
  33. Said the night wind to the little lamb, / “Do you see what I see?” / Way up in the sky, little lamb, / Do you see what I see?”
  34. Silver bells / Silver bells / It’s Christmas time in the city
  35. Come on it’s lovely weather / For a sleigh ride together with you
  36. Hark! The herald angels sing / Glory to the newborn king
  37. On the first day of Christmas / My true love sent to me / A partridge in a pear tree
  38. On the third day of Christmas / My true love sent to me / Three French hens / Two turtle doves / And a partridge in a pear tree
  39. Here comes Santa Claus / Here comes Santa Claus / Right down Santa Claus lane
  40. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas / Everywhere you go
  41. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire / Jack frost nipping at your nose
  42. They know that Santa’s on his way / He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh / And every mother’s child is gonna spy / To see if reindeer really know how to fly
  43. Grandma got run over by a reindeer / Walking home from our house Christmas Eve
  44. You can say there’s no such thing as Santa / But as for me and Grandpa, we believe
  45. Good king Wenceslas looked out / On feast of Stephan / When the snow lay round about / Deep and crisp and even
  46. Good tidings we bring / to you and your kin / Good tidings for Christmas / and a Happy New Year!
  47. I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus / Underneath the mistletoe last night
  48. God rest you merry gentlemen / Let nothing you dismay / Remember Christ our Savior / Was born on Christmas Day
  49. I’ll be home for Christmas / You can count on me / Please have snow and mistletoe / And presents under the tree
  50. Christmas Eve will find me / Where the love lights gleams / I’ll be home for Christmas / If only in my dreams
  51.  I want to share your kisses for Christmas / The rest is only tinsel and show / You’re all I want, my darling / By candle glow and mistletoe 

Crazy Christmas Hat Party

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Everyone has ugly Christmas sweater parties nowadays. If you want something different and exciting, you should try having a crazy Christmas hat party! Just tell everyone to wear the craziest holiday hat that they can find. There are some pretty crazy options out there. This activity will cost you whatever your crazy hat will cost plus the cost of whatever a couple of prizes will be for you party.

Materials Needed:

  1.  crazy hats
  2. awards

Sample Hat Awards:

  1. Craziest Hat Award
  2. Flashiest Hat Award
  3. Cutest Hat Award
  4. Most Warm Hat Award
  5. Best Hat Award
  6. Hat Most Influenced by Eggnogg Intake Award
  7. Best Ugly Sweater even though this was a Hat Award