Are you searching for a few jungle themed party game ideas to use at your child’s next birthday party? If so, I might be able to help. I happen to know of a few jungle themed games that might fill the bill. Here they are:
Slacklining over Jungle Crocs
Are you looking for a unique and physically challenging jungle game to play with the kids? If so, why not consider setting up a slackline? It works similar to a tight rope, only it has some slack. You could set it up in your back yard and then ask the kids to pretend that the slackline is a jungle vine. Then ask them to imagine that the jungle vine is all that separates them from hungry jungle crocodiles. Afterward, allow each child to attempt to cross the yard via the slackline. The child that successfully makes it across the yard on the slackline without falling off wins.
“Ring Around the Nosy”
“Ring Around the Nosy”($15) is a children’s game that you buy in the store. It would also work as a jungle themed party game. My children received the game as a gift when they were little and absolutely loved it. It consists of elephant face masks and plastic rings. The elephant masks and rings come in different colors. During the game, each child, using only their elephant nose, must attempt to pick up as many rings as possible. The other tricky part is that they can’t remove any of the rings either. Thus the game becomes more difficult each time a ring is added to their elephant’s nose. The game is available through various toy stores for $13 and there are enough masks for four players. If you plan on having more than four children in attendance, you’ll need to pick up a few extra elephant masks and plastic rings (48 rings for $15).
A game of tiger tag will undoubtedly keep your junior adventurers busy. It is played like the classic children’s game, “Ghosts in the Graveyard,” only with a tiger twist. The child that is “it” gets to wear a plush tiger’s tail ($5) and tiger ears. In addition, instead of counting down the clock, the child that is “it” has to recite the first stanza of William Blake’s poem, “The Tyger.” While the child is reciting the poem, the other children must run and hide. Once the child is done reciting the tiger poem, he or she must go in search of the other children. The other children, in turn, must attempt to make it back to base before the child that is “it” catches them.
Feed the Hippos
Do you remember playing the board game, “Hungry Hippos”, when you were a child? Well, feed the hippos is a similar game only it’s played outside with bean bags and laundry baskets. I’d suggest creating a hippo head out of card stock or paper mache and using it to partially obstruct the laundry basket’s opening. Afterward, place the laundry baskets at one end of the room and have the kids stand at the other end of the room. Divide the kids up into groups and assign each group a laundry basket and a bucket of bean bags. Once that’s done, put on a jungle noises sound track and instruct the kids to throw their bean bags into their designated laundry baskets until the music stops. When the music stops, count the bean bags in each basket. The team that managed to get the most bean bags into their designated basket wins.
Killeen Gonzalez has a degree in hotel and restaurant management. She is also a former special events planner.
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