Have the Skylanders landed at your home? If you are living with a Skylanders fan you probably already have the whole set or are still working on finding some of the elusive characters like myself. With the release of Skylanders Giants falling just before my little guy’s birthday he naturally “Had to have” a Skylanders Giants Party . Much to my chagrin since Skylanders party supplies are almost non-existent.
After searching the internet for what seemed like days for Skylanders party fare I nearly gave up on this Spyro inspired Adventure. Instead of throwing up my hands I decided to dive head first into this seemingly impossible undertaking. Good news frustrated moms…I have the answer to all your Skylanders Giants party woes. And guess what? You can find most of it at the Dollar Store!
Yes, it’s true! Nearly every game, decor item, and party favor was found at my local dollar tree! After almost admitting defeat, I consulted the Skylanders guide-book (you know the one that tells you all about the characters, their moves and how to play the game). I pored over that thing and took copious notes. In the end I was able to come up with simple games based on popular Skylander Character moves and familiarize myself with items found throughout the game. After my Skylanders guide book brainstorm session I was off to the dollar tree for a Skylanders style scavenger hunt!
Oh what treasures I found at Ye’ old Dollar Tree! Nearly everything on my list was found there that day. I have so much to share….too much in fact for just one post. We played 10 games in total and had a scavenger hunt. I’ll be sharing the rest of the games we played and more fun Skylanders party stuff in future posts so stay tuned
Slam Bam’s Ice Prison Smash
When planning the games I wanted to include all the 8 Elements. For the water element I chose Slam Bam. One of Slam Bam’s upgraded powers is the “Ice Prison Smash” where he encases enemies in an ice prison. Yeah…I know all the characters AND their moves <—NERD ALERT
How does one such Skylander get an upgrade like this? By finding winged sapphires and bringing them to Persephone (you know the fairy with the blue hair). So that’s the game…find the winged sapphires by breaking them out of Slam Bam’s Ice prison.
*Yes I did don a blue wig and fairy wings to give all the little portal masters an “upgrade” but that’s a whole ‘nother post
Supplies: Blue Table Scatter Gems (Floral section at Dollar Tree), Recycled packaging plastic, Alcohol Ink, Distress Ink/ Archival Ink (black), Butterfly Stamp, E-6000
To create Winged Sapphires 1. Ink a piece of packaging plastic with Alcohol ink. 2.Stamp a butterfly with Ranger Archival or Black Soot Distress ink (I used Tim Holtz Butterflies and Moths). 3. Cut with Tonic Scissor. 4. Adhere gems with E-600.
To create ice block spray a container (I used a plastic bin from a toy shelf) with cooking spray. Add Winged Sapphires, fill with water and freeze overnight.
I had the kids wear protective goggles, gave them a craft hammer and let them have at it until they had freed a winged sapphire. *Have the other kids stand back a bit in case you have any wild swingers…this game is sure to be a fan favorite!
Eruptor’s Lava Lob
For the fire element I went with Eruptor. Eruptor likes to throw fireballs and molten lava at his foes. I wish I had known this trick when I was sewing felt fireballs for Jack’s Mario Party. We live and we learn don’t we? This method for making fireballs or in this case “Lava Balls” is MUCH easier!
Supplies: Plastic Balls (Toy section at Dollar Tree), Red Foil Tissue, Gold cellophane Tissue (Dollar Tree), Hot Glue, Elmer’s spray glue, heat gun or hair dryer
1. Cut tissue into squares big enough to wrap around ball with excess. 2. Drizzle hot glue on ball and wrap red tissue around. 3. Spritz wrapped ball with Elmer’s Spray glue and adhere gold cellophane. 4. Apply heat to melt cellophane together and curl ends.
I made enough lava balls to fill a bucket and let the kids hurl them at a Chompy perched on a cardboard box in the yard. (View my tutorial for creating a Chompy here).
Goodness Gracious…GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!!
Boomer’s Troll Bomb Toss
Have you noticed a theme yet? Pretty much all of the Skylanders games involve hurling things or breaking things. Nothing a little boy likes more than throwing and breaking things….am I right?
For the Tech element we have Boomer. Boomer is a troll who likes to blow stuff up via dynamite or bomb. Since you already have the foil tissue out lets use it to light the fuse on our “Troll bombs” shall we?
Supplies: Foil Tissue (Dollar Tree), Ball and Chain (Dollar Tree Toy Section), Jute Twine, Hot Glue.
1. Wrap the chain around itself and secure with hot glue to form the wick. 2. Hot glue 2 pieces of foil tissue to the end (wear finger caps). 3. Hot glue one end of Jute Twine to base of “wick”, wrap to cover and secure with Hot glue.
In order to have a troll bomb toss you will need a troll. To create the Head I followed my own Pinata tutorial. Instead of painting I wrapped the head in Green Duck Tape. The Eyes, Nose and ears were made with packaging plastic. I attached the head to a Dracula pumpkin stand I found at Christmas Tree Shop (75 cents boo-yah!) and gave him a suit of armor from Dollar Tree.
I don’t have a picture of the game in play but I can assure you Sir Troll took a serious beating (Thank God for Duck tape!). He was bombed repeatedly yet remains no worse for the wear. We got some great group shots with Mister Troll here for future Thank-you cards.
Wrecking Ball’s Tongue Grabber
For the Magic element meet Wrecking Ball. Just like it sounds, Wrecking Ball uses his tongue to grab treasure and defeat enemies. This game is super simple. It’s as easy as dumping beads…I mean treasure into a tray.
Supplies: Sticky Hands (Dollar Tree toy section…2 per pack yay!), cheapo plastic beads (got mine at Michael’s for 5 bucks), large plastic storage tub lid.
Dump beads in lid. Let kids pick them up with their sticky hands…yeah thats it! *TIP- Have some Ziploc bags handy the kids WILL want to keep their sticky hands.
Notice the man (my Dad) in the background with the striped box? For each game we played the kids were awarded “Treasure”. These “Treasure Boxes” appear throughout the Skylanders Giants game. I found the perfect way to create similar ones for the party at none other than…Dollar Tree.
Skylanders Prize Boxes
Not only did I find the boxes at Dollar Tree, I also found the treasure to fill them with!
To Give your Dollar Tree gift boxes the Skylanders treatment simply color the silver stripes with Alcohol Ink and Hot Glue a Big Red Bow on top. Fill with Dollar Tree Favors from the party section and more table scatter gems from the floral section.
Have the kids collect their treasure in felt bags from dollar tree (3 per pack in the craft section). See how I turned my plain Dollar Tree felt bags into personalized Skylanders favor bags here.
Well, we’ve covered the first four element. Only 4 more (plus one extra for good measure) to go! I’ll be back with more tutorials for the rest of the Skylanders Giants games soon. I’ll also be showing you how to create the game signs, buckets and Giant Skylanders stickers. And let’s not forget the scavenger hunt! In the meantime check out some of my earlier Skylanders Giants Party posts from the link list below or my Skylanders Party Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.
*UPDATE* View my Ultimate List of Skylanders Party Ideas HERE.
Thanks for saving the Skylands…I’ll be back after I re-charge my Wii remote