These Super Mario Party 8 mini games were designed to be coin-earning activities to go along with the life-size Super Mario Party 8 board game that I created for my son’s 6th birthday party. They can also be used as stand alone activities to fit any Mario themed party. When the children land on a yellow square, they are sent into another room to choose one of the following mini games to play.
If you are creating the life-size board game, it is helpful to keep a list of names beside each mini game. As a part of the board game, each child gets to play each game only once, and a list of names means that you can cross their name off to ensure that they don’t receive coins for playing the game again. It is best to have a helper at each game (or at least one helper for every two games) who can cross off children’s names on the lists as they complete their turn at the game. I used sticky tack to stick printed lists to the games.
1. Lakitu Fishing Mini Game
For this game you will need the following supplies:
- A large piece of cardboard (from a refrigerator box maybe)
- Scissors or a knife for cutting the cardboard
- Small Plastic Sandwich Bags
- Mario Coins
- White, Yellow, and Green Acrylic Paints and a paintbrush
Draw a picture of Lakitu onto your cardboard and paint him as shown in the picture. If you don’t think you can free hand the drawing, you can find an image of Lakitu on Google Images and upload it to Block Posters, where you can enlarge it to print across multiple pages. You can then tape them together and cut out Lakitu for tracing onto your cardboard.
Cut a hole at the tip of his fishing rod. Use a large soup can to trace circles along the bottom of the cardboard. Cut out the circles. You will need one circle for each child and they need to be big enough to fit a small bag of coins through. Tie together enough lengths of string to make one string per hole. Push the knot through the hole on the top of the fishing rod and tape it to the back of the board. Put one string through each hole and in the back, tie on small bags with random amounts of coins in them (1 to 3 coins in each bag).
When a child comes to play this mini game, they get to choose one string to pull out.
2. Super Mario Bean Bag Toss Mini Game
You can use the same images as I did in the picture below, or you could search Google Images to find different Super Mario characters. Draw them onto a large piece of cardboard (or, save them to your computer and then upload them to Block Posters to enlarge and trace), paint them, and cut a few holes in the cardboard. Provide the children with bean bags and assign a certain amount of coins per hole. For the game in the photo, the Goomba and Bullet Bill were worth 1 coin each, and the Piranha Plant was worth 3 coins. Each child got to throw until they got through any one hole, then they received that many coins.
3. Coin Toss Mini Game
This is an extremely simple game, but the children all loved it and continued to play it long after the board game was finished. I used colored electrical tape around clean tin soup cans and provided my brother (my helper for this game) with some Mario coins. The children had to stand behind a line of masking tape on the floor and had three chances to get the coin into a can. The biggest yellow can was worth 1 point, the medium blue can was worth 2 points, and the small red can was worth 3. They each collected the same amount of coins as the amount of points they earned.
4. Mushroom Chest Mini Game
Out of all of my Super Mario birthday ideas, this one was my son’s absolute favorite. He still has this chest! It is made completely out of cardboard, tape, hot glue, and paint. You can find a template for the mushroom cookies in my Cool Super Mario Food Ideas article.
In most Super Mario games you can take Mario or another character into a Mushroom House where he gets to open a chest and find a cool prize such as a mushroom that makes him bigger or a flower that gives him fire power. The special items change from game to game, but the mushrooms are always there. When the children chose this mini game they were able to peek inside of the chest and choose a Super Mario Mushroom cookie to take home.
I have created a printable to help you make your Mario Chest, and you can click on the link below to open the file. Alternatively, right click on the link and choose “save link as” to save the file to your computer.
5. Coin Board Mini Game
This is another very simple mini game. Download my free Mario Coin printable below and print your coins. Glue them to a sheet of colored paper and then to a piece of cardboard. Attach string to the card board and hang it on your wall. Print and cut out the mini Mario according to the instructions.
With this game, it is important to flip the board over throughout the party and keep it hidden until a child is blindfolded and ready to play. Especially with older children. You don’t want them to have any idea where the coins are on the board or they will easily be able to win the game. Whichever coin they stick the Mario closest to while blindfolded will determine how many coins they win. As shown below, the large coin earns them 1, the medium earns them 2, and the small earns them three.
You can click on the link below to open the file. Alternatively, right click on the link and choose “save link as” to save the file to your computer.
6. Game Over!
When all of the children have finished the board game, check the lists and make sure each child has had a turn at each game. This may or may not happen depending on the luck of rolling the die and how many yellow squares each child managed to land on. Let them finish any games they didn’t make it to and then have the children give the paper mache King Boo their coins (you can let them put their coins into their treat bag to keep) to ‘buy’ their stars from him, as explained in my Life Size Mario Party 8 Game post.