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Skylanders Giants Party Games Part 1

by Amy Bowerman

 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!

 

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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!

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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 :)

First up…

 

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 :)

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Slam Bam’s Ice Prison Smash

Supplies:  Blue Table Scatter Gems (Floral section at Dollar Tree), Recycled packaging plastic, Alcohol Ink, Distress Ink/ Archival Ink (black), Butterfly Stamp, E-6000

Instructions:

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.

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Slam Bam’s Ice Prison Smash

 

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!

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Eruptor’s Lava Lob

 

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

Instructions:

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.

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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?

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Boomer’s Troll Bomb Toss

 

Supplies:  Foil Tissue (Dollar Tree), Ball and Chain (Dollar Tree Toy Section), Jute Twine, Hot Glue.

Instructions:

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.

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Skylanders Troll

 

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.

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Boomer’s Troll Bomb Toss

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.

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Wrecking Ball’s Tongue Grabber

 

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.

Instructions:

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Find me on  | Pinterest | Facebook | and Twitter for more creative ideas and tutorials.

*UPDATE* View my Ultimate List of Skylanders Party Ideas HERE.

Ultimate List of Skylanders Party Ideas : DIY Games, Decor, and Party Favors. Plus the best places to shop for supplies! | Pluckingdaisies.com

Thanks for saving the Skylands…I’ll be back after I re-charge my Wii remote :)

 

 

Amy*

 

 

 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erin July 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hi Amy,

I tried making some of the butterfly wings but the distress ink ran and the blue wipes off if you touch it. Is there a step or something that I am missing?

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2 Amy Bowerman July 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hi Erin,

I used alcohol ink to not distress ink to dye the plastic and black archival ink to stamp and let it dry for a bit before freezing. The E-6000 does react with the freezing temps and some of the wings came off during smashing but the kids didn’t seem to mind that much.

Hope this helps!

Amy*

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3 Amy June 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Is the red and gold foil tissue – the cellophane rolls? I didn’t find some of the above at the Dollar Store (Dollar Tree), so I am trying to find these elsewhere.

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4 Amy Bowerman June 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Hi Amy they weren’t the cellophane rolls but I imagine those would work just as well.

Amy*

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5 Amys Party Ideas June 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

So cute! You have amazing ideas for your games!!! We had fun at our Skylanders Party too! http://amyspartyideas.com/2012/06/skylanders-adventure-party-real-parties-ive-styled/

And if your readers want customized game signs for their party, they can get them here!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/lulucole?section_id=12918154

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6 Michele May 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Amy what an amazing job you did on this party! After researching & planning for a star wars angry bird party my daughter just started with Skylanders and wants that kind of birthday party. I have a month to pull it together. What kind of game did you do with the skulls? Also how did you do your scavenger hunt? Thanks in advance.

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7 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

I just used cheap plastic skulls and had the kids throw them at a Chompy (lots of throwing things for this party). If you are having a Skylanders party with girls you have a lot more options. They sell wings and blue hair pieces at the dollar store and you could do a fun Persephone dress up game. You can also include my personal favorite character “Whirlwind” the unicorn…who doesn’t love a unicorn that shoots rainbows out of it’s horn? You should be able to find silly string at the Dollar store and do a game like that or have the kids try to make a rainbow out of glowsticks! Another fun new character is “Pop Fizz”…the old Pop rocks poured into a coke bottle would be a fun activity/ game :)

As for the scavenger hunt I had my father distract the kids while I went out and hid the scrolls in the yard. He made sure the kids stayed on track and when they got to the last clue they found me (dressed as persephone sitting on a treasure chest filled with prizes). Hope this helps good luck with your party!

Amy*

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8 Lacie Adams May 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

If you ever come across anyone in the dfw area (tx) i did everything u did and saved it all. They can have it! Party…done! Lol
Lacie

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9 Amy Bowerman May 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

Way to go Lacie! I hope you had a fantastic party! I wish I could rid the basement of all my Skylander fare but little man had a stage 5 meltdown when one of his buddies accidentally broke one of the character buckets. looks like Ill be keeping it until the next big craze.

Heads up TX friends planning Skylanders parties Lacie has your party ready to go :)

Amy*

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10 caroline March 9, 2013 at 7:26 am

thank you so much for putting this online… I could never have thought of this myself

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11 Shelly February 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Thank you so much for putting this together! I have been wracking my head trying to figure out how to put a Skylander party together!

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12 Amy Bowerman February 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm

You are very welcome Shelly! I hope this makes your Skylanders party planning a little easier. If you have any questions just ask away! :)

Amy*

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13 Sarah @ Becoming Martha January 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

It looks like they had a blast! How fun!
Thanks so much for joining us at the CSI Project this week! We loved seeing your party!
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14 Angela January 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Thank you for posting this!! Such great ideas!

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15 lacie January 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Hi! Thank you so much for Saving Me!! Your ideas are amazing! I have followed them carefully, as I am NOT creative. I can merely follow directions and hope it works like yours! I am about to sit down and start getting all the games ready. I was wondering when you would be posting about the scavenger hunt and signs? I’m sure you’re busy, but I’m curious!
Thanks so much.
Lacie

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16 Anonymous December 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

My son is obsessed with Skylanders and I am in the process of planning his birthday party for next month. I am a DIY-er when it comes to birthday parties and I love all of your ideas! I was wondering where the other 4 game ideas are located because I am planning on using all of them at his party! Thanks for sharing.

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17 Shahrul Niza December 5, 2012 at 1:22 am

I’m not a gamer BUT I have so MUCH fun reading this!!!. awesome imaginations. and the games!. The ice prison smash is GORGEOUS!. Love the blues, some of the photos are not loading well on my laptop so I may be missing some of your fairy shots here :). You said you dressed up. I don’t have a kid BUT if I live nearby I would have crashed your party!! lol. so much fun.
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18 Amy Bowerman December 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

Shahrul if you were my neighbor we could take crafting breaks and play the game…I think you would love it. There is a Flying unicorn character who defeats enemies by shooting rainbows out of his horn…just sayin :)

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