Minion madness

Need to throw a Minions-themed party on a budget? No problem. Check out these games and crafts. You just need a little planning (and some time to buy supplies) and you'll be on your way! 

flying minion

Decorate a yellow Solo cup with a minion face. Make a hole in the bottom of the cup and place it on a string hung horizontally between two points. Set up four stations and let the kids use “ray guns” (water guns) to shoot into the inside of the cup to push it to the end of the string. First one there wins!

penny pitch

To create this classic carnival game, place a yellow tablecloth on the table and tape down minion or Despicable Me characters. Write a number on each character that will represent a small prize or candy. Let the kids toss pennies onto a specific character to win a prize.

minion toss

Fill up a bunch of yellow water balloons. Put the kids in a line (or have them form a circle) and have them toss the balloons down the line without dropping them. After each successful trip down the line, move the players farther apart. Then up the challenge by making them toss the balloons between their legs or throw them with their non-dominant hand. 

go bananas

Minions love bananas. Line up the kids on the ground laying head to foot. Using only their feet, the kids pass a banana down the line of their team by lifting their legs over their head to the person behind them. If you drop a banana, your team has to start over.

minion switch

Decorate four empty water bottles to look like minions, complete with goggles and blue overalls. Fill two bottles with yellow candies or beads and place the other empty bottles on top to connect the two with tape. Then let two players race to see who can drain the yellow candies from one bottle to the other the fastest.

pop the evil minion 

Fill purple party balloons with air and slip in a piece of paper with a prize number. ( has 8-packs of 12-inch latex Minions balloons for $2.99.) Let the kids pick a balloon and — when you say “Go!” — try to pop it by stomping on it or sitting on it. When the balloon is popped, have the kids turn in their numbers and collect their prizes.

T-shirt challenge

This is a fun game to play outdoors at the end of the party. Purchase a yellow T-shirt for every party guest. The night before the party, wet the shirts and squeeze them into ball shapes. Put the balls in the freezer overnight. To play the game, give each kid a frozen shirt and see who can put it on the fastest — a perfect game for a hot day!

a minion grains of sand

Set up stations with colored sand to create minions using empty mini water bottles. Have the kids, using funnels and spoons, fill the water bottles one-third full with blue sand for the overalls and two-thirds full with yellow for the body. Decorate with a felt band for the goggles and one or two eyes for the face. Place a cap on top and wrap with black pipe cleaners with a few ends sticking up for hair.

minion bracelets

Make a simple elastic bracelet using yellow and blue beads. Solid colors and patterns with both colors work nicely together. Complete the jewelry with minion charms found online at Etsy or eBay.

photo booth

Etsy has a large selection of minion photo-booth props. Have fun! 

 Pam Molnar is a freelance writer, mother of three and a huge minion fan.