Minecraft Birthday Invitations

minecraft-invitationHello, friends! I’m planning another Minecraft birthday party, and I’ve just put together some postcard-sized invitations.

I’m sharing them with you, because I know there are lots of other kids out there who want Minecraft parties, and there aren’t a lot of ready-made paper goods to buy.

These invitations are free printables! I’ve put in the basic information fields, so you can print them out and fill them in by hand, or you can use your software to type right into the pdf and print the whole thing.

These print 4 to a page, and you can use a sheet of cardstock or Avery perforated postcards. Enjoy!

Free Minecraft printable birthday invitations

Another Minecraft Party, Coming Up…

minecraft-cookiesMy son had a Minecraft themed birthday party back in September, and now my daughter wants one, too! This means I’ll need to come up with some new ideas for Minecraft treats, decorations, and activities. Since I know other parents are looking for similar stuff, I’ll post what I find here. Maybe it will help you with your Minecraft kids, too!

I found this Minecraft cookie cutter set today! I think it will be great for birthday treats, although the decorating will be a bit tricky. The shapes aren’t necessarily recognizable without the colored icing in the right places. Well, except for the Creeper face cookie. I’m pretty sure that will be easy enough.

The cookie cutters are $19.99 at ThinkGeek right now. Let me know if you get them, and how you do the decorating.

Minecraft Cookie Cutters

How to make edible Minecraft dirt and grass blocks

Hello, friends! Recently, I threw a Minecraft birthday party for my son, featuring dirt and grass blocks made from crispy cereal. Here is the recipe for those treats, which were delicious, and which scored highly on the Minecraft cred scale with the kids. Enjoy!

Minecraft treat ingredients
Minecraft treat ingredients

Ingredients

1/2 stick margarine

Large box of chocolate Rice Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles (about 8 cups, I think)

2 regular-sized bags of small marshmallows

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/2 cup chocolate chips

green icing in a can

green sugar sprinkles

chocolate sprinkles

Pam or other cooking oil spray

13 x 9 inch cake pan

Dirt blocks without frosting.
Dirt blocks without frosting.

Instructions

In a large nonstick pot, melt the margarine and marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring so the marshmallows don’t burn. Mix in the corn syrup and keep stirring. Once the mixture is smooth, turn off the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they’re completely melted and combined.

Add most of the cereal and fold it into the marshmallow mixture. I think I used about 8-10 cups of the cereal, which ended up being the whole box. You want the treats to be chewy, but not so squishy that they won’t hold a cube shape.

Grease the cake pan by rubbing the margarine wrapper all over the inside of the pan, or spray with Pam. Then pour the cereal mixture into the pan and spread it out evenly. It might help to spray some Pam onto your spoon or spatula, and use that to pack the mixture down into the pan. You want to press it down pretty well so there aren’t any big air pockets.

Allow the “cake” to cool to room temperature.

One Minecraft dirt and grass block.
One Minecraft dirt and grass block.

Decorating the treats

Place a cutting board over the top of the cake pan. Hold it in place and flip the whole thing over. Set it on the counter and tap on the bottom of the pan until the whole thing falls out onto the cutting board. Remove the cake pan and use a knife to cut the treats into squares/cubes.

Use your fingers to squeeze the treats into cube shapes and then roll the sides into the chocolate sprinkles. Don’t put sprinkles on the top of the cubes, because we’re going to put frosting on that part.

Use the green icing with the serrated tip (it looks like zig-zags) to make pointy tufts of frosting on top, to look like grass. Sprinkle some of the green sugar on top of the frosting for a little extra sparkle.

Arrange the finished blocks on a plate or tray, and add Creeper face picks if you want to (get free Creeper printables here).

I hope you enjoy these treats. I posted the recipe the way I made them, which was without a recipe, so that’s why the measurements are approximations. Cheers!

Playstation 4 Reveal

Yesterday at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Sony revealed the next generation of Playstation gaming console: the Playstation 4. It has a parallelogram profile, and a black finish that is divided into glossy and matte areas by a blue line. The PS4 package includes a new controller, sensor bar and headset.

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Here are some highlights from the Sony press event:

  • Playstation 4 will not require online connection
  • Sensor bar will not be “always on”
  • Sony will not impose new restrictions on used games
  • CD-based games can still be re-sold, traded or shared
  • Playstation Plus (approximately $5 per month) will be required for online multiplayer games (such as Call of Duty)
  • PS4 controller includes Share button for uploading gameplay to Ustream
  • PS4 bundle retail price will be $399

Got $399 burning a hole in your bank account? You can pre-order your Playstation 4 right now!

Starbucks and Big Fish Give Away Games

Going to Starbucks? Help yourself to one of their Free App download cards! Starbucks and Big Fish Games have teamed up to give away free iPhone and iPad game downloads.

The free games change every week, so stay tuned to the Pick of the Week page for the latest news.

So next time you’re spending way too much on your caffeine and whip fix, pick up a free game while you’re there!

Can Video Games Help Improve Health?

Video games have been taking heat for keeping kids on the couch, when they could be exercising. But there is evidence that certain types of video games can be helpful for physical therapy and other health improvements! What do you think?

Do you use video games for exercise, fitness, or therapy? Leave a comment!

How Video Games Improve Health
Source: Big Fish Games