My two oldest kids are Minecraft-crazy. They love watching Stampy Longhead videos (AHHHHHHH! – Sorry, I just had to let that out) and building their own worlds. While Minecraft isn’t my thing, I’m amazed by their creativity and enjoy seeing them play together. This Minecraft obsession has turned into two birthday parties in the last 5 months, challenging my creativity, budget, and time. We have many fun ideas for cake decorating, party decorations, food, and party favors. I thought it would be helpful to start with what I consider to be the biggest party challenge – games.
Luckily, the internet is a wealth of ideas (many of them an insane amount of party food) and I was able to create 4 Minecraft Party Games you can DIY in no time. You can make these games simple or sophisticated. My kids like to be involved in birthday prep, so I opted for simpler DIY.
GAME 1: Don’t Drop the TNT Take your extra air-filled packing materials and create a Minecraft version of hot potato. This game is simple to put together and will have kids giggling in no time!
Air-filled packing materials (enough for each team of 2 to have 5 to 10 TNT blocks)
Printed TNT labels from Sweet Metel Moments
Cut the TNT labels, then tape them to the top of each air filled pack.
How to Play
Split party-goers into teams of 2. Line them up with enough space between them to make hitting the TNT to each other a challenge (shorter distance for young kids and longer distance for older kids). Put a stack of TNT blocks by each player. When you say, “Go!,” each team will attempt to hit their TNT blocks to each other without letting them hit the floor. Each player has two hits to get the block to their teammate. If a block hits the ground, the team stops on it and it explodes. The team with the least amount of exploded TNT at the end of the game (5 to 10 mintues) wins and little kids won’t care if they lose because they love stomping the TNT!
GAME 2: Minecraft Bingo Play some Bingo with candy as your place holders and let the kids eat the candy after they make a Bingo!
Printed Minecraft Bingo Boards from Life With Squeaker.
Printed Bingo Master Sheet
Candy placeholders. I used spice drops as “slime balls” because that’s what I could find on short notice, but you have many food options.
Ender Pearls – Jelly Beans
Cooked Salmon – Swedish Fish
Gold – Twix, Rolos, or Chocolate Coins
Red Stone – Hot Tamales
Slime Balls – Green Gum Balls or Spice Drops
Food Labels – I used these tented food cards
Optional: Baggies for extra candy.
Put your candy placeholders in a bowl in the center of your players or make a mini bowl for each player with a label. Print a game board for each guest.
How to Play
This Bingo game is incredibly detailed, so be prepared to adapt if for younger kids. We started very specific and I soon realized that we needed broader categories, like wood, stone, meat, fish, etc. Give each player a bingo board and candy placeholders. Have everyone cover the “free” tile in the center of their board. Call out bingo tiles from your master sheet and have players cover matching tiles on their game board. Once a player reaches five in a row, they call “Bingo!” and get to eat all of the candy on their board (or save it in a baggie). Play until everyone reaches Bingo.
GAME 3: Creeper Bean Bag Toss Play the classic bean bag game, but wit a twist!
Large cardboard box or Poster Paper
Scissors or Exacto knife
Green Marker or Paint
3 Bean Bags or Small Balls
Take apart your cardboard box and leave the folded sides on, so the face can stand later. Draw a large creeper face on your cardboard box. Cut out the eyes and mouth, so you have 3 large holes. Color or paint the creeper green. Outline the eyes and mouth in black. Write point values above the eyes and mouth with black marker (if desired). Stand the Creeper face near a wall and put bean bags nearby. Create “toss lines” for kids to stand at to toss the bean bags, making lines further back for older kids and closer for younger kids.
How to Play
Have players line up to take turns at the toss. When it is a player’s turn, line them up at the appropriate tape line. Give them 3 chances to toss the bean bag through the holes in the Creeper face. You may need an adult to hold the face, so it doesn’t fall down. Winner can be the player with the most points or you can just celebrate each hole-in-one.
GAME 4: Minecraft Target Practice Invite your party-goers to try some target practice on “bad guys” from Minecraft, such as creepers, spiders, skeletons, and zombies!
Cardboard Square to reinforce each coloring page
Crayons or Markers
String or Yarn
Optional: Laundry Line
Print 3 to 4 coloring pages and invite your kids to color them. If you are going to have a large amount of guests, print more pages to create multiple targets. Glue coloring pages to cardboard squares. Punch one hole on each side of your pictures, so each one has two holes. Cut a length of yarn to extend across a wall. Weave yarn through holes (down, up, down, up) until pictures are connected. Leave a length of yarn on each side and between pictures. Hang the pictures on a wall or from wall to wall, if playing indoors. Hang them between two trees or on a laundry line, if playing outdoors. Create tape lines at different distances from the targets.
How to Play
Version 1: Line players up and have them take 3 turns each shooting a the targets. Create tape lines at different distances and have players start closer and go further back with each turn. If you want it to be competitive, have the players return to the line if they hit a target. Have them stand farther back from the target each time they hit it.
Version 2: Split the players into teams, according to the number of available targets. Line the teams up behind their targets. Have a player from each team stand at the closest line. Have them shoot on “Go!” and see how many targets they can hit. Do this until each player has hit the targets from the closest line. Repeat these steps with each line, challenging the players to hit the targets from farther back each time.
If this is helpful, please let me know and I’ll share more party decorating and food ideas.
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