When your son tells you that he wants a monster truck party for his birthday, you're in luck! There are plenty of fun games and activities that are perfect for this theme. While the birthday party guests may get a little rowdy, it's sure to be a great time that all of them will remember, especially if you add giant tire-inspired decorations and a monster truck birthday cake!
Inflatable Tire Race
This super cute game sparks little kids' imaginations and allows them to blow off steam. You will need four inflatable tires for each team, though you can use swimming pool rings instead.
To begin, divide the party guests into two or more teams of four players each. Then, set up a starting line and a finish line and have each team stand behind the starting line. Give each team four inflatable tires.
When you're ready, wave your racing flag to signal the start of the game. Each player then blows up one 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. Fill the piñata with candy, monster truck-themed stickers, trading cards, and temporary tattoos, and let the kids "crush" the truck to expel the treats.
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, leaving a blank spot for the license plate. You can then 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 one player, 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. You can 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 lanes 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 on a timed course. The guest with the fastest time (and best adherence to the actual course) wins.
Monster Truck Wall Crush
This game gives little kids the chance to release some energy. Just 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
A fun game for kids of any age is to set up an obstacle course of real tires (you can source old tires from a tire garage). Alternatively, use inflatable swimming rings wrapped in black duct tape. If you choose to use real tires, warn the parents to dress their children in old play clothes, as they may come home dirty.
Place the tires side-by-side so the kids have to step through them (like in a boot camp workout). You can also stand a few on end and let the kids crawl through them. Or, you can create a course that is a combination of the two and add other types of obstacles to suit the age group.
Monster Tire Ring Toss
Turn the classic ring toss into a monster tire-sized game. All you need is 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 and have them take turns tossing the tire toward 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. For this imaginative art project, they can use their favorite monster trucks as inspiration.
You will need several small boxes, paint, markers, flame decals, stickers, and flags. Depending on their age, you may need to recruit a few 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, have the children show them off in a monster truck parade. 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.