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.
School Performing The Little Mermaid?
Have an 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.
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.
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
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.