So your kids are out of time on technology, but still want to play? Awesome! Give them game themed activities instead. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
There are some really great Super Mario Puzzles out there. We have found several of them at Target, but you can find them online at Toys R Us, Amazon, Puzzle Warehouse and so on. Usually, my kids will lay claim to a character and put that one together, while I do the outline, though we’ve even had the neighbor kids help put them together.
Pokemon origami is very easy to do and lots of people have posted tutorials on the web. You can often find them on Pinterest or even Deviant Art as this Pikachu by Synconi is. Please note that due to people ripping off the original creator, this link requires you to join Deviant Art to view the tutorial. Or you can be a jerk and find it on Pinterest.
Also in the paper media form is this kind of Pokemon art/craft. Print, cut, fold, and paste and end up with these awesome creations.
Video game characters and items really lend themselves to anything that mimics pixelization. Pull out the Perler beads folks, ’cause nearly anything can be made out of these suckers. You can look on Pinterest for ideas, or again on Deviant Art. Just be respectful of the artists. Most of them don’t mind your kids copying their ideas for fun, but it’s not kind to post their art without giving them credit. Basic Perler beads can be found in stores or on Amazon. If, however, you find that your kids really get into this by, say, making a keyblade, you’re gonna want to order the extra colors directly from the source. And pick up about 12 extra plates or so. But just think how quiet the house will be.
Here’s the link most of the giant keyblades have been based on (as far as I can tell.)
If you have someone who crochets, you can look up patterns for screen shots of 8-bit games to turn into blankets, or even pokeball patterns. And who can mention crochet without bringing up Sackboy. I picked this link because the artist/crafter has other variations besides the first little guy.
You can even get your gamers into making plushies, scarves (such as Link’s from Hyrule a Warriors) or hats with fleece. Clear kid on Deviant Art has a basic hat pattern. A few of your kid’s own tweaks and they could have a Pan-Cham hat to wear.
And finally for this post, I’ll end with cross stitch. Yet another media that lends itself well to pixel created art. Please check out Pinterest and Deviant Art to see what patterns are out there, but I also want to direct you to the people over at Sprite Stitch. There is an absolutely beautiful pattern for a Legend of Zelda in-game stained glass window turned into a cross stitch pattern. Though you might want to start the kids with something a little simpler.