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Creative Dramatics for The Jungle Book
From classroom to jungle with The Jungle Book

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.

"Now This is the Law of the Jungle..."
Baloo helps Mowgli in The Jungle Book
"...As 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.


Is Your School Performing The Little Mermaid?
Have an Underwater Sea Party!

Invitations

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.

Decorations

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.

Guest Arrival 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 sealing it.

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.

"Kids are fascinated with sea life!"
Kids Love ArtReach's The Little Mermaid! Add as many characters as you like!  The Little Mermaid, Musical for Kids to Perform! Sailor Fun in The Little Mermaid!
ArtReach's The Little Mermaid -- French Chefs, Lindsey School, Chesterland, OH

Party Favors

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

Pin-the-Tail on 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.

Shark Chase: 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 not crucial!)

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.

Octopus Alert: 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.

Musical Sea 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.

Creature Magnets: 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.

Fish Story: 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.


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