EARLY PREPARATION: We downloaded Dora and Diego music beforehand to play through-out the party. My husband downloaded it to his iphone and hooked it up to speakers. I bought white backpacks from Oriental Trading Company and dyed them with rit dye, purple and orange, for Back Pack and Rescue Pack. I printed their faces of Back Pack and Rescue Pack onto Iron transfer paper (Ebay 10 sheets for about $7) and ironed them onto the backpacks. We handed these out at the beginning of the party and used them to collect their prizes and goodies. I also made video watches for the boys. My dad cut little square pieces of wood, I spray painted them black, and the mod-podged an animal onto the front. I hot glued them onto yellow ribbon and then added Velcro so they would stay on.
We had markers and stickers for the kids to decorate their stars.
ADVENTURE BEGINS: Music plays baby tiger cry for help. We had pre-recorded a tiger cry and we told the kids that an animal is in trouble. I said, “Oh no that sounds like an animal is in trouble. We need to find out who it is.” I asked the kids, "Who can help us find out which animal is in trouble??" They respond, "Click the camera"(the kids say) We play the Click the Camera Song. I pulled out a Click the camera I had printed. On one side it was zoomed in to show just the fur of an animal.
I said “we need to Zoom out to see which animal needs our help.” The kids yelled "ZOOM ZOOOM!" and I turned it over and it clearly showed the picture of baby Tiger.
"Now we know what animal we are going to rescue, but we need to get ready for our adventure. (We hand out back-packs and rescue packs, video watches for the boys, and Dora bracelets or the girls.There were mini flashlights, telescopes in their backpacks) Play rescue pack and backpack songs while we get ready.) Tiger cries again. ‘Oh no we need to hurry baby tiger is so scared. Oh wait a minute we don’t know how to get there." I say, "Who do we ask for help when we don't know where to go??" and the kids say, "The map!" (I play the map song I then pull out a map that I created that show the way to go, 6 places, and we go over it.
As the kids approached the bridge, I started playing the grumpy old troll song and my sister (who had been hiding) jumped out, dressed as a troll, and pretended to sing while dance around to the song. After the song she read them the riddle that they must answer in order to cross his bridge. The riddle was super easy because they were 3 and 4 years old. The riddle was: What is a yellow treat that monkeys like to eat? After they answer the riddle then the adults help the kids cross the "bridge." When they get to the other side, I pull-out the map again and say, "We have been to lollipop fields, we have crossed the troll-bridge, now where to we need to go???"
I brought all the jungle animals, snakes, monkeys, etc from my sons toys to create the look. I had hidden a large stuffed tiger in the trees and the kids had to look for baby tiger. They were so excited to find him! Once they found him, we played the song "We did it!" and all the kids danced around so happy!