Create a big splash by planning a "Finding Nemo" birthday party for your child. Incorporate the orange and white clown fish, and his friends Dory and Marlin, into the party games. Encourage the children to "dive into" the games and try their best by awarding Nemo-themed party favors to game winners.
Print several pictures of Nemo and hide them all over the party area. Have the children search for Nemo and collect as many pictures as they can. The child who finds the most pictures wins the game. Include pictures of Dory and Marlin, too. For an added bonus, mark a star on the back of some pictures. The children who finds the specially marked pictures also wins a prize. For a variation, hide "Finding Nemo" party favors instead of pictures and all the party guests can take home the prizes they find as a memento of the party.
Tape a large blue poster board on the bottom of a cardboard box. Draw waves on the poster with a marker and cut a hole in the middle of the poster board. Lean the box against a wall or pole. Mark a line six feet from the box and have the children try to toss plush Nemo toys into the ocean. Award a small prize for each player who makes Nemo in the ocean. For added fun, allow the children to toss Dory and Marlin plush toys in the ocean, too. If you cannot find any plush toys, have the children use orange fish crackers to try to toss into the ocean.
Put a spin on classic games by incorporating Nemo into the games. For example, instead of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," you can play "Pin the Fin of Nemo." Instead of Duck, Duck, Goose, the kids can play Nemo, Nemo, Dory. For a game of hot potato, have the children sit in a circle and give one player a large plush Nemo toy. Play the soundtrack from "Finding Nemo" and have the children pass Nemo around the circle. When the music stops, the player holding Nemo is out of the game. Keep eliminating one child each round and the last player remaining in the game wins the large plush Nemo.
Print several pictures from online of different characters from the movie -- two of each. Laminate the cards to make them more durable. Place the cards face down on a table and have the children play a game of memory. The child with the most pairs at the end of the game wins. For another memory game, hang all the characters on the wall and have the children look at the pictures. Tell the players to close their eyes and look at the ground, while you remove a picture. When you say "look," the first child to look up and call out the character that is missing wins a prize.
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