Tropical Jewelry Making


The new Disney film, Moana, was stunning to watch. The art and animation was gorgeous. The story was also pretty good. I was inspired when I watched the film and saw Moana’s tribe’s relationship to to the jewelry that they wore. Jewelry not only a status symbol in the film, but it also told a story. Maui wore a necklace that held the teeth or parts of talons of enemies that he had defeated. Moana’s necklace was a family heirloom that was part of the story of a voyaging nation. This is one part craft and one part game. Have the children make jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces and ask them to have a story in mind when they make it. This activity may cost about $20-25 to do and should entertain the group for 5-15 minutes with the the plastic string design and 15-30 minutes if you use hemp braiding techniques.

Materials Needed:

  1. Plastic Animal Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)
  2. Either plastic, stretchy string (which looks like fishing wire) or hemp
  3. Regular Plastic Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)


Place all of the same types of beads together in bowl around the table that you will use for the craft.

For plastic wire:

Pre-cut the bracelet strings and give them to the children at the start of the activity. Leave about an inch and a half to an inch extra of string so that you can easily tie the bracelets for the kids. Make sure you mark the area in the bracelet that the kids can use with 2 permanent marker lines to indicate the area that should be filled in. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story. Help them tie the bracelets on using a surgeon’s knot When everyone is finished, let them go around and tell their stories in a circle. This part of the activity will take about 15 minutes.

For Hemp Bracelets:

First of all, poll the children to find out if they have ever made a hemp bracelet before. Some children with experience may want to make their own design.

This wikihow demonstration will give them a good idea of how to make their bracelets. Have them add beads to the center at their own pace. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story.

Lastly, gather everyone around to listen to everyone’s stories.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Party


There is more to pokémon than just pikachu. The latest version of the game, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, are far different than past pokémon games in many ways. The most important difference is that this game takes place in Hawaii, so you can combine a tropical party and a pokémon party into one amazing party.

Party Games and Activities:

Arriving Gifts

The people at Gamefreak incorporated the famous Hawaiian hospitality into the game. When each guest arrives, give them a lei to welcome them to the party.

Rent a Pool

Whether it’s in January or July, all kids love a pool party. If your child has a birthday that is in a colder month, then consider renting a space at the pool of a local gym or fitness club. Most of them will have a space for birthday parties and a heated pool.

Take on the Party Island Challenges

In this new game, there are no gym leaders. There are trial captains that the player has to defeat in order to challenge the island kahunas. If you want to get really into this, then you should create paper bracelets (out of white construction or printer paper) for the party guests. Usually, when the player defeats an island challenge, then the trial captain will give the player a z crystal for their z ring. When a child finishes one of these challenges, then you should stamp something onto his or her bracelet. The following a list of trial captains, their types, and games; you should pick 3-5 of these games to play at the party:

Ilima- normal type trainer- In Ilima’s trial, the trainer has to battle hiding pokémon. Hide 3-4 items around the yard such a pokémon figurines or balls that the children have to find and return. Once all of the items are returned, move on to the next trial activity.

Lana- water type trainer- For this trial game, you will need a kitty pool (one of the temporary, plastic pools for young children), a prize for every child, and a lot of plastic or rubber ducks. You can buy them at bulk for a reasonable price online. Mark some of the ducks with a number on the bottom that will correspond with a prize. For instance, the child that will pull duck number one out of the water will receive a piece of candy. Do this until all of the children at the party have gotten a prize. You can let the kids keep the ducks if you want to.

Kiawe- fire type trainer- Kiawe’s trial involves his trained, dancing pokémon, so the game that would make the most sense to play would be freeze dance.

Sophocles- electric type trainer- Sophocles is a very shy trial captain who likes video games. He would like it if you had a video game bracket using a popular game such as super smash bros or mario kart.

Mallow- grass type trainer- Mallow is a grass type trainer, but her family owns a restaurant. Even her challenge in the game involved making food. Any of Mina’s challenges should be a friendly cooking activity such as a DIY cupcake decoration station, make your own mini pizza, a fondue station, etc.

Mina- Fairy type trainer-Mina is an artist. She’ll be impressed with any craft that you come up with for the children whether its those popular, pinterest pikachu ears or just letting the kids scribble whatever they want onto paper.

Acerola- ghost type trainer-Hide some things around the party area that don’t belong. This challenge will be for the children to find the things that don’t belong in a timely manner. Make sure that the children don’t see you place the items.

Take on the Island Kahunas (Pool Games)

In the Pokémon games, there are 4 kahunas that each represent one island. These pool games are inspired by them and once the children have completed them, they’ll have completed their island challenge.

Hala- sharks and minnows

Olivia- Octopus Pool Game

Nanu- Doubloon Game

Hapu- Pool H-O-R-S-E

If you try our suggestions, let us know how it went!