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Jungle Safari Party

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Jungle Safari Party Decorations
Jungle Safari Party Decorations
Let your guests know they've arrived in the jungle by covering the entryway with hanging green and brown streamers to simulate overgrown vines. Inside, you will want a lot of green to represent the lush vegetation of the jungle. Hang more streamers (primarily green, with some brown, tan and orange) and decorate the walls with inflatable or cardboard palm trees. You can make your own by painting large cardboard tubes and adding leaves of felt or construction paper and brown balloons as coconuts.

Place posters of animals on the walls, hide stuffed animals in the leaves, even throw down rubber snakes and plastic bugs for the creepy-crawly jungle floor. Balloons weighed down by stuffed animals make the perfect centerpiece for the table, and plates and napkins should feature African or animal patterns and designs.

Of course you'll want a piñata, and there are no shortage of jungle animal shapes to choose from. A creative alternative is to tape grocery bags together with paper packing tape, wrapped with twine and adorned with a label reading "Emergency Supplies." Don't forget the music! Set the mood with a "sounds of the jungle" CD as the guests enter. When the party is in full swing, switch to soundtracks from jungle and animal themed movies such as "The Jungle Book," "The Lion King" and "Madagascar."

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Jungle Safari Party
Games and Activities
Jungle Safari Party Activities
Jungle safari parties are all about letting young imaginations run wild. While the kids may have fun just pretending to be explorers and animals, it is a good idea to have enough activities planned to keep them entertained throughout the afternoon.

What is a safari without a hunt? For the younger children, hide small stuffed or plush animals throughout the house or yard and leave paper cut-outs of paw prints as a trail. Let them take home the animals they find in their goody bags.

If the adventurers are a little older, you can make it more of a challenge. Assemble a list of directions to hidden treasure that require the use of compass to find (for example, "move to the tree directly south of the mailbox.") Make sure to map the coordinates accurately, and buy enough toy compasses for the party!

"Jungle Charades" is a game that is sure to be popular. Prepare cards beforehand with images of animals (animal stickers work well.) When it is their turn, each child draws the card and has to act like the animal in front of the group. Unlike regular charades, making animal noises is encouraged... But no talking allowed!

Another fun game is "What animal am I?" Attach a card with an image of an animal to each of the guests' backs, so that everyone can see their animal except for them. When it is their turn, each child will try to figure what animal they are by asking the others "yes" and "no" questions.

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Jungle safari parties are a great opportunity for children to unleash their inner artists. Making animal masks from crafting materials and other odds and ends is an activity they are sure to enjoy. Start with paper platters or cut-up cardboard boxes with eye and mouth openings prepared and let the kids add yarn, ribbon, bits of construction paper, plastic bottle caps, and (of course) paint and marker to create their own wild designs. When they're finished they can even wear them to play animal games!

Young children will be happy with animal coloring books, and if they're a little older they'll enjoy painting jungle scenes on posterboard. You can also let them make animals from modeling clay (or Play Dough.) Do your homework and prepare some books or computer print-outs of exotic animals as references to draw or sculpt from.
Jungle Safari Party Crafts
Jungle Safari Party Crafts

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