Making the birds & pigs
Getting the character faces onto the bouncy-balls is slightly more challenging, but still simple enough for anyone to try. Don’t worry about how artistic you are. We’ve learned a little trick to get those angry faces into place.
1. Find an image online to print out as a template. Cut your image out and use a marker to trace its shape onto the surface of your ball.
2. Fill in inner lines using your printed template as a reference. If needed, you can even cut your template down again to get the shapes that you need to fill in the gaps.
3. Use your printed template image as a reference for colors, and then use your acrylic paints to color in the shapes on your ball. Allow to dry before adding a second coat.
4. Once your paint is dry, use your marker to outline the shapes, and you’re done!
How to play
Stand approximately 10-15 feet away from your Angry Birds set up, pull back on the launcher, and let those birds fly! You will need adults (or teenagers) to hold the straps for the launcher, so we recommend taking turns. Allow each player to launch the full set of birds before moving on to the next player. Whoever can knock down the most pigs is the winner!
SheKnows put this game to the test, and we found a few things that all Angry Bird gamers should keep in mind. For a successful live Angry Birds experience, take a look at these helpful tips.
Beware of sprinklers
We found these water-blasting launchers to be a real game-kill! Before planning your Angry Birds outing, we’d recommend scouting your location at the times you plan to play to pick up on the times when the sprinklers come on.
Keep those pigs upright
A little tip that worked for us… mason jar lids! Use them as stands beneath each of the pigs to keep them from rolling around. They work great, because they still allow the pigs to fall when enough force is applied.
Fun for the little guys
We found that the launcher was not entirely kid-friendly. It takes a good amount of coordination and perfect timing to get those birds to launch. Because of that, we recommend allowing young children to simply throw the balls at the set up. They seemed to be just as happy with this option when we tested it ourselves.
Published May 2013. Updated August 2016