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It’s amazing how things in life can come full circle. My most recent example of this was the request by my son to have a Classic Nintendo-themed birthday party. It was super fun and nostalgic to plan a party based on the original Nintendo video games I played as a child. See the complete details from G’s Classic Nintendo birthday party here, but today I am sharing one of the Super Mario Bros. kid’s craft ideas we had as a Mario birthday party activity. This Mario Bros. craft is fun as an after-school or weekend kid’s activity idea, as well as a party game for a Super Mario-themed birthday party.
I was inspired by this project that I found on Pinterest where the Baby Piranha character from Mario Bros. pops out of a pipe tube. For the party, I wanted to include a few more characters for variety, so I added Mario and Luigi in addition to Piranha. I also wanted to keep it simple so the craft would be easy for young children and little hands (which means less frustration for everyone, including the supervising parents!). Therefore, I prepped the components for the kids in advance and had the characters as printable Mario Bros. coloring pages instead.
Here are the instructions!
Easy Mario Bros. Pipe Craft
What you need:
- Green paper cups
- Jumbo popsicle sticks
- Printable Baby Piranha, Mario, and Luigi coloring pages. I printed them at 3″ tall and between about 2.25″ and 2.5″ wide.
- Double-sided tape
- Prep the cups (pipes) in advance by cutting slits in the bottom of each cup. The slits should be wide enough for the jumbo popsicle stick to fit through, but not as wide as the printable character.
- Color a character of your choice with crayons, then cut the character out at its outline.
- Using double-sided tape, attach the character to the end of a jumbo popsicle stick.
- Insert the other end of the popsicle stick into the cup and through the slit on the bottom of the cup.
- You can now pop the character in and out of the tube with the popsicle stick.
Stay tuned for more from G’s Classic Nintendo birthday party! In the meantime, check out my Classic Nintendo Birthday Party Ideas planning and inspiration board on Pinterest.