Originally posted in Country Living for a Medieval costume party, this fun game is a creative take on traditional Pin the Tail on the Donkey. It is a festive children's party game for a Mardi Gras themed party.
To make the Jeweled Crown Game:
- Trace a large crown shape on a large piece of paper or poster board. The game shown is cut out of plain brown packaging paper. Metallic gold gift wrap would be a good alternative to add some sparkle to the crown.
- Cut out your crown shape.
- Add sparkly accents to the crown with Mardi Gras beads, metallic doubloons or plastic jewels.
- Choose one "prize spot" on the crown for the children to aim for. Mark this with a large X.
- For the jewels: Cut assorted colored paper into circles or octagon jeweled shapes. Another option would be to have the children create their own jewels. Use card-stock cut into jewel shapes. Let the children glue on sparkly Mardi Gras beads, glitter, ribbon and jewels for their own custom jewel creation. (After the game, is over they can take these home.)
To play the game (just like pin the tail on the donkey, but substitute jewels for the donkey tails):
- Hang your crown game on a flat wall with clear space on each side (in case the kids miss the target.)
- Mark each jewel with a child's name. Put a tape roll or a piece of double stick tape on the back of the jewel.
- Each child takes a turn putting jewels on the crown. I would suggest, youngest to oldest.
- Children are blindfolded. From a starting line, point them in the direction of the crown game and let them try to put the jewel on the crown. The goal is to get on or close to the target jewel space.
- After each player has a turn, the player with the jewel closest to the target wins.
- Give out prizes to the closest jewel. A great idea for a prize would be a crown and/or tiara for the winning players. King and Queen of your Mardi Gras celebration.
I am sure this game will be the hit of your party. It is an easy and inexpensive way to keep kids entertained for a Mardi Gras Themed event. Have you hosted a Mardi Gras themed party? Have any great games or ideas to share? If you do, please share them with us at ideas@MardiGrasOulet.com.