We had so much fun with Davis' party this year. The kids were asked to bring their invitations with them to put the treasure map back together. It was an adventure "Lego Indiana Jones" style.
I thought of several games based on some of the things from the Indiana Jones movies. As we went through the games I gave a little background story to the boys. I wasn't sure if all of them were familiar with the stories. First we did an "Ark of the Covenant" wheel barrow walk. In the first Indiana Jones movie they dug up the Ark. I know my yellow box looks more like Pikachu, but I ran out of yellow paper. The second movie, Temple of Doom, starts out in Shanghai, China. For our next game, the boys used chopsticks to pick up a "diamond" and "antidote" out of a bowl of ice. The second movie is also where Indiana Jones had to eat really weird stuff. The boys had to eat "monkey brains" (raspberry gummies) and "baby snakes" (sour gummy worms).
Indiana Jones is always fighting bad guys. So for the next game Tess and I built Lego towers and gathered up all our "Bad Guy" Lego characters. We positioned the Legos in a row and the boys shot them with homemade rubber-band guns.
The third movie, The Last Crusade, is the search for the Holy Grail. Indiana Jones has to do a "walk of faith" and walk across a huge gap in the rock where there seems to be no walk way. We had the boys walk across a 2x6 that was lifted off the ground with two buckets. After everyone had a few passes Mike decided to step it up a notch. We set the board on the floor and turned it on it's side. They loved walking across this beam. So simple, but fun.
At the end of every Indiana Jones adventure is some kind of treasure. The boys each got a goodie bag that they could hook on to their belt loop. All adventurers need something to hold their loot in! I wanted to make these, but couldn't find carabiners. I rigged something else up with ribbon and some snaps. I will have to make the trinket bags as soon as I find carabiners. I also freezer paper stenciled each bag with the initial of the first name of each boy. All in all I think this was a success. We had to leave for my niece's birthday right after our party (Davis shares his birthday was a cousin), when we got home all the boys were out playing with their rubber-band guns and still had their goodie bags on their belt loops. I even had a few neighbor kids (that we just met) ask if they could get a bag.
I can't believe my baby is already 6. Time flies.