JUNGLE THEME PARTY GAMES & ACTIVITIES
Are the kids ready to brave the wild with these fun jungle theme party games and activities?!
Most of these jungle games need only a little bit of setting up and most of the items that you need, you may well have already at home.
JUNGLE THEME PARTY GAMES
Feed the Lions
In advance make a several large lions head cutouts of various sizes, from strong card.
Make a hole for the mouth then color or paint the heads.
Make each mouth a different shape or size to make it more challenging.
Suspend the lion heads from a tree or chair and get the kids to toss bean bags or small cuddly animals into the lion mouths.
Give points for each mouth and the highest scorer wins.
Try this Elephant Race Jungle theme party game by dividing the kids into two teams and line them up in two rows. The first child in line bends over and lets one hand hang down (the trunk) and puts the other hand (the elephant tail) through his/her legs to the person behind him/her.
The next person bends over and grabs the first persons "tail" with his "trunk" and the process repeats so that all the elephants are holding on to each other. Tail - trunk.
On the whistle the two teams race to the finish line and the first team to reach it without breaking the chain wins.
This is always a fun jungle theme party game and is about a game keeper trying to round up some loose animals. In advance make some cards (one for each child) and stick a picture of a wild animal on each. Draw two chalk lines (several meters apart) on the ground and have the kids stand in between the two lines.
Choose one child to be the gamekeeper and the others are all given an animal card. Tell them to keep their animal identity secret from the 'Gamekeeper'. The gamekeeper then patrols around the park and shouts out the name of an animal.
If an animal hears his name he must run past the gamekeeper wherever he may be and touch the other chalk line before the gamekeeper catches him. If caught he must leave the playing area and is said to have been put back in the game park. Last animal caught becomes the next gamekeeper.
For this jungle theme party game you need to be outdoors on a warm day and to have a sturdy tree. Fill up one or more paddling pools with water and place them under a strong branch of the tree. Put plastic crocodiles in the water for a swampy effect. Tie a jungle rope to the branch and let it hang down so the kids can easily reach it. You could tie in a couple of knots too to make the rope easier to grab.
The kids take turns to see if they can swing across the swampy river without falling in. Naturally they are going to want to get in at some time so be prepared for lots of wet kids!
Free the Monkey
This is an outdoor jungle theme party game and you need a smooth horizontal tree branch or a climbing frame would be ideal.
Place a toy monkey in a makeshift cage or sack. Tie the cage to a rope and fling the rope over the branch. To the loose end of the rope attach a bucket. The bucket needs to be much lighter than the cage so you may need to add some bags of flour to the cage. Fill the bucket with heavy objects such as largish pebbles or potatoes so that it sits on the floor but the monkey in the cage is suspended in the air.
As the kids will be in two teams you will need to make two cages and have the buckets weigh equal amounts.
On the whistle each team member takes it in turn to run to the bucket, grab a pebble or potato and rush back to his team. Then the next person goes and does the same.
As the bucket empties, the cage should lower. Once it is on the ground, the team must grab the monkey and rush to their base. First team to free the monkey is the winner.
JUNGLE PARTY ACTIVITIES
My Own Binoculars
As a warm up activity for younger kids, get them to make their own binoculars. In advance collect lots of cardboard toilet rolls and get the kids to decorate two toilet rolls with paints and marker pens or stick on crepe paper. Glue or staple them together and then thread a string trough two holes made at one end so they can wear them round their necks.
Try out with some face paints and a book of face painting ideas and let your imagination go. Or consider hiring a face painter.
Arrange a trip to the local zoo or hire an animal expert to come and visit your house. See if they could bring a selection of snakes or small pets.
NOTE Check beforehand that none of the children have a real fear of certain animals.
Purchase a number of cheap silk neckties from thrift stores or second hand shops. Unpick the stitching at the widest end of the tie. Give each child a tie and get then to stuff it with cotton wool or cut up rags – use rulers or sticks to push the padding down the snake.
Close the end using glue or give it a quick stitch. Glue on buttons for eyes and a red felt tongue. The kids can then take these home afterwards.