Super Mario Bros.-inspired Party Power-Up Panel Punch Board
For Huck’s Nintendo-inspired 9th birthday party, I wanted to make a real-life Power-Up Panel Punch Board just like the Power-Up panels found in the Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Houses. We did this instead of a pinata, and the prizes were the party favors that the kids took home with them. We saved this game for last, and it made a great party decoration and backdrop for photos during the opening of gifts.
MATERIALS (contains affiliate links):
Tri-fold cardboard presentation board, 48″ x 36″ (red)
Yellow tissue paper
24 pipe cleaners
White paper party favor bags
Question Mark template (I used this one)
Print-outs of power-ups (I found most of these on Super Mario Wiki): Propeller Mushroom, Star, Mushroom, Fire Flower, Ice Flower, Penguin Suit, Bowser, Jr., Bowser
POWER-UP PRIZES/FAVORS IN THE BAGS:
Propeller Mushroom – Whirly Wing
Star – Star candy tin
Mushroom – Red Mushroom candy tin
Fire Flower – Hot Tamales
Ice Flower – Blue LED light-up ball
Penguin Suit – Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummies Penguins
Bowser Jr. – Sour Patch Candy
Bowser – Warheads Extreme Sour Hard Candy
Our party had 9 kids, so I made 12 panels for our punch board. This way, even the last kids would have a choice of panels to punch through. It also left us with some extra prizes – this worked out really well because kids were trading their prizes after the game, and the kids who got the Extreme Sour Candy in the Bowser panels were able to exchange for something else.
To make the punch board, I cut out 12 square flaps into the presentation board. The squares were 7.5″ each, and spaced 3″-4″ apart. I cut the sides and top and then folded the flaps back to make a platform. I used duct tape to tape pipe cleaners under the flaps and on either side of the opening to help make them sturdy. I then cut question marks out of white card stock and glued them onto yellow tissue paper, which I glued to the back of the openings.
For the favor bags, I printed out the Power-Up icons (re-sized to fit my white paper bags) and glued them to the paper bags. I filled each bag with a prize that corresponded to the image. Some had toys and some had candy. For example, I chose cinnamon candies for the Fire Flower bag, a blue light-up LED ball that looked like ice for the Ice Flower, and a balloon-powered propeller toy for the Propeller Mushroom.
When it was time to play. my husband and I each held one side of the board, and we placed the favor bags behind the panels.
We had a Mario mask that the kids put on, and they each punched through a panel. Some of them punched really hard and the favor bags went flying!
Once they punched though, they could grab their Power-Up and the prize inside! They were so excited to see what Power-Up they got, and they seemed to like that each favor inside had something to do with the icon on the bag.
It was so cute, and so much fun! I think the board can be re-used and given a new theme for future parties, too!