Dramatics for The Jungle Book
classroom to jungle with The
Create Your Own Jungle:
Push back the desks and draw a magic circle on the floor. You
may do this by putting objects from the classroom in a circle on the
floor. Leave room for action inside the circle.
Now discuss thing that you
might find in the jungle: tigers, wolves, bugs, birds, rocks,
logs, flowers, snakes etc. Have each student choose a
"jungle thing in their minds. Have them keep it a
secret! Now have two or three students step inside the circle
and become their "jungle thing. Others may enter the
circle one by one to encounter these objects. Have them guess
what things they have met. Now switch roles: The
"jungle things now are just people and the people are the
"jungle things. How do they react to one
another? If one encounters a flower he might sniff it; another
might encounter a snake and jump over it. You can also do
this activity without the guessing game. Have students enter
the "jungle and simply enjoy it.
This is the Law of the Jungle..."
Old and As True As the Sky!" -- Rudyard Kipling
Raised by Wolves: What
do you think it was like for Mowgli to have brother and sister who
are wolves? What if you were raised as an animal in the
wild? Consider if your family was made up of porcupines, lions,
elephants or squirrels. What would you wear? What would
you eat? What sound would you make when you are hungry or
frightened? Have children perform the animal they might have
been raised by and have the others guess what it is. Tell the
class what your childhood was like living in the jungle.
Your School Performing The
Underwater Sea Party!
The wording of your under the
sea birthday party invitations can say "Calling all Jellyfish,
Sharks, Squid and Seals, too...There's going to be an adventure, and
we'd love to share it with you! You're O-Fish-ally invited to come
under the sea. It's (your child's name) Under the Sea Birthday
Party!". Then include day, time, address.
Here is a slightly different
idea for your under the sea party invitations. Make your under the
sea birthday party invitations as "messages-in-bottles."
Simply fill clear plastic bottles with sand, mini sea shells,
glitter, etc. Write your invitations on parchment paper, then roll
them into scrolls, and insert invitations into bottles.
Decorate your under the sea
birthday party room with green and blue balloons. Hang green
"seaweed" streamers from the ceiling, chairs, or from the
top of a windowsill. Cut out starfish, seahorses, and other sea
animals from construction paper. Tape cutouts to some of the streamers.
Cover the lights in the room
with blue cellophane paper, which will give the party "under
water" feeling. Spread out any stuffed sea animals that you
might have around the room. Have Mylar fish and dolphin balloons
free-floating in the area, and have lots of blue latex balloons on
the floor to create "ocean atmosphere." Hang a fish net in
the corner of the under the sea birthday party room.
Put a blue or turquoise
tablecloth on your under the sea party table, and then spread
multi-colored confetti around it. Put plastic fish in a clear bowl
for table centerpiece. Hang a personalized theme "Happy
Birthday!" banner in the area.
and Introductory Activities
Seascape Gel Bags: Here are
some directions for your under the sea birthday party guests to
follow for this activity.
Cut small fish from foam
paper. Fill a Ziploc bag with blue hair gel so when the bag is closed
it's about 1/4" thick. Place the fish shapes, colored beads, and
some glitter in the bag. Squeeze out excess air from the bag before
Place the bag, sealed end
first, inside another bag. Seal the second bag and cover the zipped
end with clear tape. Have children make the fish move by running
their hands over the surface of the bag.
Sea Life Mural: Tape a wide
sheet of butcher paper on the wall at kids' eye level. Spread posters
and pictures of tropical fish, dolphins, sharks, and other sea
animals for ideas. Provide the kids with paints and markers,
and let them create a mural of sea life.
are fascinated with sea life!"
Little Mermaid -- French Chefs,
Lindsey School, Chesterland, OH
Since kids are fascinated with
sea life, any theme related items as keepsakes will do the trick! For
your under the sea party favors, you can have such items as beach
balls, fish squirts, straws, sticker sheets, toy dolphins, and starfishes.
Under the Sea
Birthday Party Games
the Whale: This classic game is easy to design and set up.
Just draw a large whale on paper, leaving out the tail. Then cut out
"whale tails" for all your guests. Put children's initials
and a double-sided tape on each tail.
At game time, blindfold the
kids one by one, spin them around, and get them to pin their tail
shapes where they belong.
Get the kids to spread out on one side of the party area - they are
fish. Scatter five or more hula hoops around the opposite side of the
area (the hoops are the fish's "homes").
Select one child to be a
shark, and have that player stand between the "fish" and
their "homes." When the "shark" calls Shark!, he
or she runs after the "fish" and tags as many as possible.
The fish must reach home - step inside the hula hoop - to be safe
from the shark.
Any player who is tagged
becomes a shark for the next round, and tags remaining fish. For each
round, take away one hula hoop until only one hoop is left. The game
continues until all the fish are caught.
Beanbag Fish Toss:
Place candies or small prizes in three or four pails. Place the pails
against the walls. Have a couple of beanbags for children to throw.
(It's ideal that you make a beanbag that looks like fish, but it's
Have the kids take turns
throwing beanbags into a pail. Allow children to choose a prize from
whatever bucket the beanbag lands in. Be sure every under the sea
birthday party guest receives a prize.
Here is a great outdoor game for under the sea birthday party, and it
will require water balloons. Choose one person to be an octopus.
Arrange everyone else in a big circle around the octopus. Have the
kids in the circle toss a water balloon back and forth, trying to
keep it away from the octopus.
If the octopus pops the water
balloon by batting it out of the circle, the person who threw it is
out. Last child left in the circle wins.
Animal: Have your party guests sit in a circle. Play lively
music in the background, and let the kids pass around a sea animal
toy. Whenever the music stops the person holding the toy - goes out
of the game, and receives a prize (e.g., favor bag). Play until
everyone has won a prize.
Draw various sea creatures (e.g., seahorses, tropical fish,
octopuses, etc.) on crafting foam, and cut out creature shapes. At
game time, have the kids glue craft eyes onto the creature's head.
Next, get them to draw a mouth with a marker. They can decorate the
creature with sequins, beads, rickrack, and other craft materials.
Here is an activity where the kids can create their own story.
Invite all your under the sea birthday party guests to write a
beginning sentence on a slip of paper about sea life. (e.g.,
"Once upon a time, deep under the water surface an octopus was
born.") Put all the slips of paper into a bowl.
Have the kids sit in a circle.
Choose one player to pick one slip from a bowl, read it out loud, and
then add a sentence related to the original one (but even more
exaggerated than the last). The round continues until everyone has
had a chance to add a sentence. Then a new slip can be drawn from a bowl.