When you throw a Pokemon birthday party, you definitely want to have one or two Pokemon party games planned to go along with it. They don’t always have to be 100% on theme as long as you can tie them in somehow.
Case in point…for the Pokemon party that went on at our house, we combined crafts, activity sheets and minute-to-win-it type games and called them all “Training Activities” the kids had to complete to get their Pokemon Trainer certificates.
From start to finish, here is how we ran our Pokemon party activities to give you a few ideas for your own Pokemon bash.
Pikachu Ear Making
Party guests, unfortunately, do not all arrive at once. So while we were waiting for all our friends to be there, each arrival was set to making themselves a set of Pikachu ears. Big big hit. Most kids wore them the whole party through. Because I really and truly love my readers, I have a tutorial and free downloadable template you can see here.
Pikiachu Pizza Making
If you’re looking at doing a lunch or dinner time party, this is a great time killer! With a little adult help, kids will be thrilled to put sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on their pizzas and eat their yummy creations at the end. If you purchase the pre-made crusts, it’ll make the pizza-making a tad easier on the hostess.
Pokemon Balance Training
As one of our stations, we played this Minute to win it dice game. The kids put a large Popsicle stick in their mouths to see how many dice they could stack on top without them falling over. Materials: dice (buy here) and popsicle sticks (buy here).
Beat Team Rocket Target Practice
The kids flocked to this one. It WAS pretty fun. We printed out a picture of Team Rocket and taped it to the inside of our sliding glass door. The kids use a suction cup nerf gun (buy it here) to shoot darts at Team Rocket.
At our party, Jesse from Team Rocket assisted with the weaponry. It’s a good idea to have a bit of adult supervision on this game. The goal? The most hits to stick wins!
Fishing for Pokemon
This was done as the classic fishing game. Magnets were glued to critters in a “pond” and a dowel rod with yarn and another magnet on the end to pick them up.
Make Your Own Pokemon
Kids LOVE craft projects. And the less structure, the more they seem to like it. The idea behind this activity is that they are “evolving” a Pokemon from the bits of things on the table.
Provide pom poms, pipe cleaner, googly eyes and other crafty supplies and have the kids make up and name their own Pokemon creatures. They’ll come back with more than one Pokemon to show you!
Find the Pokeballs
If you’re into Pokemon Go, it’s kind of like going on a hunt for Pokeballs to fill up your stash. Or you can describe it as an Easter egg hunt…hide Pokeballs in the yard and have the kids go hunt for them. Have a good idea of how many you start with–a year later we’re still finding Pokeballs in the yard!
Make the Pokeballs by coloring half a ping pong (buy it here) or practice plastic golf ball (buy it here) red and ring them around the center with a black magic marker. These don’t have to be perfectly perfect, the kids just have to get the idea. Sadly, the children played this game while I was cooking pizzas so I didn’t get a photo of this activity.
Pokemon Activity Sheets
In the middle of all the chaos, you might want them to settle a bit (like when they are waiting for their pizzas or as they arrive to the party). An activity sheet is the perfect way to get all your little trainers to have a little quiet time.
These suggestions are just a start! You can adapt any minute-to-win-it style game to entertain everyone during your party. Consider it “training” for your Pokemon trainers so they’re in tip top shape when they go out to catch all those Pokemon!