You know the saying ... Boys will be boys. So, while you secretly wish he opted for a Lego birthday party, complete with mind-enhancing activities, a monster truck party is what your son fancies. It's time to get into gear with giant tire-inspired decorations and a monster truck birthday cake. And sure, guests may get rowdy (and maybe even a little destructive) with party games designed around the theme. But with a variety of activities to get their motors running, kids will roll through the event while burning off any chance of excitement-induced overload.
Inflatable Tire Race
This super cute game sparks little kids' imaginations and allows them to blow off steam. First, create two or more teams of four players each. Next, set up a starting line and a finish line and have each team stand behind the starting line. Give the teams four inflatable tires (you can use swimming pool rings as tires). Wave your racing flag to signal the start of the game, instructing each player to blow up a tire. When a team has all four tires inflated, have them line up in rows of two, simulating four tires on a truck, and simultaneously roll the tires to the finish line. The first team to cross the finish line with all four players wins.
Monster Truck Piñata
With a couple of shoe boxes, some crepe paper, and a little creativity, you can design a monster truck piñata for your child's special day. Paint it with his favorite colors and have the truck's number correspond to his birthday age. Then, fill the piñata with candy and let kids "crush" the truck to expel the treats. In addition to candy, include monster truck-themed stickers, trading cards, and temporary tattoos as piñata favors.
Pin the License Plate on the Monster Truck
This spin on "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" incorporates the truck theme and allows you to personalize the game to the invited guests. Setup includes painting a large monster truck onto a sheet of poster board, including a blank cardboard spot for the license plate. Create paper license plates with the names of your party guests printed on them. When it is time to play, hang the poster and give each player his own personalized plate. Then blindfold him, spin him around, and challenge him to pin his license plate in the correct spot. Once everyone gets a turn, choose the winner by deciding who pinned their plate closest to the designated area.
Tabletop Monster Truck Races
Tabletop races work best for a younger, kindergarten crowd. Create a raceway by taping a black tablecloth to a table. Use white tape on top of the tablecloth to make two divided race track lines down the center of the table (make sure little arms can reach them). Gameplay is simple. Have two players stand at one end of the table and give each player a toy monster truck. Then, instruct them to push the trucks across the table. The first one to the finish line (or closest to it) wins. The winners from each race move on to the next bracket until only one winner remains.
Remote Control Monster Truck Races
For older kids, remote control monster truck races take the fun into the backyard. Not only can they compete on a track, but you can also build an obstacle course, complete with jumps and water features (if you want to go big). This works well with only one truck, too, as kids can take turns completing a timed course. The guest with the lowest time (and best adherence to the actual course) wins.
Monster Truck Wall Crush
This game gives little kids the chance to get out their crazies, but make sure you have an indestructible area to play it in (or move it outside). First, build a wall out of toy blocks or cardboard boxes. Next, give each party guest a toy monster truck. Have them all stand behind a line and, at the same time, push their trucks as hard as they can toward the wall. The object is to knock down the wall of blocks in one fell swoop. Rebuild the wall and play the game over and over again until the group's energy wanes.
Monster Tire Obstacle Course
Set up an obstacle course of real tires (you can source old tires from a tire garage) or inflatable swimming rings wrapped in black duct tape. Place the tires side-by-side so that the kids have to step through them (like in a boot camp workout). You can also stand a few on end, letting the kids crawl through them. Or, you can create a course that is a combination of the two. If you choose to use real tires, warn the parents to dress their children in old play clothes, as they may come home dirty.
Monster Tire Ring Toss
For this game, you need a monster truck tire—again made from an inflatable ring—and one orange traffic cone. Place the cone in the middle of the party space. Then, line kids up behind a starting line to toss the tire and ring the cone. Give each player three turns to score points ringing the cone. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Musical Monster Truck Tires
Prepare for this game just as you would a traditional game of musical chairs, but use tires, or inflatable pool rings, instead of chairs. Have the children walk in a circle around a ring of tires while music plays in the background. Once the music stops, kids need to find the closest tire and sit in it. The one left standing is out. Remove one tire after each round and the last child left in the game wins.
Build Your Own Cardboard Monster Trucks
Kids love building their own monster trucks out of cardboard boxes. And for this imaginative art project, they can use their favorite popular monster trucks as inspiration. You will need several small boxes, paint, markers, flame decals, stickers, and flags. Recruit other adults to help assist the kids with glue, scissors, or attaching tires to the trucks (you can use inflatable mini rings or cardboard circles). Once the trucks are decorated, instruct the children to show them off in parade form. They can even "race" them or vote on "the wildest," "the funniest," or "the most realistic" monster truck. Come up with other categories, too, and create ribbons for each kid, so everyone wins a title.