Creating an Unexpected Prize Board/Game
That Adults Can Enjoy Too
Obviously, with only having one kid, I’m new to this whole kid’s party thing. For his first birthday we only had one small child attend since we held it at my parents house instead of our own. Well, that and we really didn’t know anyone with kids back then. This year we were able to invite some of our neighbors and other friends who had kids ranging from one years old up to sixteen. Although I knew that since my son turning 2 meant he really had no idea what a birthday was, it was more for the adults, but me being me, I still wanted to create some activities for the kiddos. Pinterest lead me to something I’ve never heard of before.
Have you heard of a punch board? There seems to be a few different variations that you can create. Personally, I just wanted something that the kids could literally punch and grab a surprise. If I put more thought into it, I would have used it as a designated prize board; as in, if they were the winner of each game (this would have required actual games to play!) then they would take their shot at the punch board. With no time for all of that, I just created two separate boards that still left our party-goers excited about.
Yes, I made an adult friendly one filled with mini bottles of liquor and scratch offs!
- Fill plastic cups with fun goodies
- Using hot glue gun, cover cups with tissue paper
- Carefully hot glue bottom of cups to foam core board
I added some black and white and gold washi tape to the adult cups, because I was originally going to have all the cups on the same board, thus making it easier to know which were for adults.
It worked out best that I split the cups onto two different boards since the kids went crazy with this activity, wanting to punch all of them right away! I was able to gather the kids at one time to have fun, but ended up having each adult couple punch a cup on their way out the door. How is it easier to wrangle a bunch of hyper kids to do something than it is to get all the adults to do the same?!
Either way, this was a big hit all around. I’ve decided to keep the boards and empty cups for future parties. Next time, I’m thinking Nerf Guns/target practice game?