K.C. asks from Plano, TX on January 11, 2009
Need Help Coming up with a Dora - Style Party Game
My daughter will be 4 in February. She has never had a birthday party other than a cake at home with the family. Her brothers have both had birthday parties and she's old enough to wonder why she has not. The last 2 years, we moved around February & March, so life was too stressful for anything extra. Now we are settled with no plan to move - ever if I get my way. I would love to do have a small party at home. She wants a Dora theme. I would like:
Small with no more than 12 children
It will be at my house & since February weather is unpredictable, I'll need to assume inside.
I have a small budget, ideally I'd like to spend less than $150 for everything.
I'm thinking to have the kids play bingo & musical chairs (remeber that?)
I would also like to do some kind of game that is related to the Dora show. HELP!? In the show, Dora & Boots the Monkey find something. They have the map & backpack. Ideally I'd like to incorporate these elements, but I need ideas of what to do. I'm hoping some creative Mamas can help me come up with suggestions. Maybe you've been to a party before? I'm very crafty, can sew & have a lot of supplies on hand that I can make maps & backpacks for everyone, but what should they look for? How should they go about it?
Thanks for your help!!!
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A. answers from Dallas on January 11, 2009
We just went to a 4 year-old Dora party yesterday. They had little backpacks for each child (which was also the party favor, and which were homemade), and each one had a plastic bag, some puzzle letters, a mask, a map and a whistle. The map was for the hunt, obviously. First, the kids had to go over the puzzle bridge, made up of those interlocking foam floor puzzle pieces. They had to put the letters from their bags into the bridge, then crossed the bridge. Then they went to lollipop forest, a big lollipop hunt (this is where they needed the plastic bags). Next, they put on masks to creep by someone (I forget this part), and finally, they found the treasure chest, but had to blow their whistles to wake up the dog sleeping on the chest (a stuffed dog). The mom had hidden the candles for the cake in the treasure chest, so that's how the hunt started - with everyone looking for the candles. The treasure chest (a toybox) also had little treasures for each child, like a little frisbee, playing cards, etc.
The mom also had a backpack with a bunch of things in it - ribbons, bubbles, a top, etc. Each child had to feel in the backpack and guess what they were feeling, and then got to keep whatever they guessed. It was cute, and the kids seemed to get really into it.
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H.M. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2009
This site is awesome and has lots of ideas....just type in the theme you are looking for.
E.W. answers from Dallas on January 11, 2009
One of my good friends did a Dora theme for her daughters fourth party. They took picture of her doing different things like playing in the sprinklers, digging in a sand box, etc. Then they made an invitation and on the back made a map that said explore while going under a waterfall, digging in the sand dunes, etc.. They put all of the pictures next to the spot on the maps. It was a really neat idea.
I did not do the invitation so I don't have a sample to show you, but if you wanted one I could recreate it for you www.WorksofaWink.com.
K.S. answers from Dallas on January 11, 2009
I just went to a pirate party, but you could do this idea for a Dora map instead of a pirate map. They had a little mobile of streamers in different colors around the house (one red, one blue, one orange, etc.) and each one had a little clue on it. The kids went as a group from color to color until they reached the treasure chest at the end. Maybe change that up to match Dora's map and have them find their own backpack that you made at the end or something???
S. answers from Dallas on January 11, 2009
Party City and US toy have a ton of Dora & Deigo stuff very reasonably. Even if you don't buy anything, you could get some really good ideas from that place. If you are creative and can sew (I can't), make a Dora and a Diego costume (maybe just a bib or a cardboard cut-out) and let the kids take their pictures with it. If you have an instant camera or can print, you can print the pics and make it part of their goody bag. You could get some Dora/Diego banners and goodies but get regular napkins and plates. You can just bake a regular cake and get a few cake toppers in the Dora style so you just spend a few bucks. I keep mentioning Diego because I assume you will have some boys at the party. Good luck. we did Dora for my girls 3 yr party and I got most everything from Party City.