Let’s Explore! party – We’re going on a bear hunt!

Let’s Explore! party – We’re going on a bear hunt!

Answer the call of the wild by packing up your party in a rucksack and heading for the hills (or possibly just the bottom of your garden). Amongst the pine trees, set up camp, cook all your food on an open fire and explore the surroundings. Best of all, enjoy the great outdoors and spend all night long under the stars.

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LET’S GO EXPLORE

Follow and join in the excitement as you invite your guests to wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a birthday surprise awaits them on the other side of the forest!

DON’T FEED THE BEARS

Guide guests through the forest with these cute explore and adventure printable pennant signs and you may want to remind them not to feed the bears with our printable “wooden” sign.

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LIGHT THE WAY

For a fun and useful garland, string up a number of lanterns onto string tied between two trees. Decorate the tops with bright gingham ribbon for colour in the daytime, and as the sun sets, place lit tea lights inside to cast a warm glow over the site.

ADVENTURE AWAITS

The perfect party garland is available from Party Pieces featuring a forest of cute pennants including bears, tepees and an adventure awaits message crafted out of wooden letters. Best of all, the garland makes for a great bedroom decoration all year round.

CREATE A CAMPSITE

Camping ground wooden tables with benches or fold-up furniture are set up alongside a bonfire. Decorate the table with cute little tin buckets filled with pine fir trees and daisies. Add decorative fake mushrooms, pine cones and fashion mini pennant flags out of the printable paper flags stuck onto skewer sticks.

PINE AND DINE

Set a place for each little campground adventurer with the cool Meri Meri patterned paper cups, plates and napkins in bright colours. Add the final touch with the printable placemat, wooden cutlery and little printable place cards popped into pine cone holders.

TRAIL MIX

Trail mix is a great snack when hiking mountains or just spending a long day away from home. Trail mix can easily fit into a backpack and gives an energy boost when resources run low. For a healthy mix add: Almonds, Dark Chocolate, Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, Unsweetened Fruits: Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Apples, Pineapple, Apricots and Toasted Oats. Use the printable labels to name each food item.

BE PREPARED

A natural setting offers a dynamic, ever-changing canvas for your guests to explore and observe. This will keep them occupied most of the time, still it pays to be prepared by having a “go-to” bag of tricks and get your little campers earning printable scout badges at the same time.

I-SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE

Have one player choose an object that is visible to all the players and says, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with …”, naming the letter the chosen object starts with (e.g. “I spy with my little eye something beginning with T” if the chosen object is a tree). Other players have to guess the chosen object. An alternative version is played where the colour is given rather than the initial letter (e.g. “I spy with my little eye something green”). Add binoculars for added fun!

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT

Print the list of treasures to find and go on a nature walk of discovery. One can also give each guest a blank notebook and pencil to encourage explorers to sketch, write or make rubbings of found objects. Glue or washi tape objects like leaves or twigs to a page. For a twist, try playing the alphabet game by finding a natural object that starts with each letter of the alphabet. For a modern variation, each child can take photographs of the objects.

CAPTURE THE FLAG

Divide guests into two teams, each with a flag and the object is to capture the other team’s flag, located at the team’s “base”, and bring it safely back to their own base. Enemy players can be “tagged” by players in their home territory; these players are then, depending on the agreed rules, out of the game, members of the opposite team, sent back to their own territory, or “in jail”.

WOODLAND WANDERINGS

Purchase the Meri Meri woodland ears and create a display on a tree; totem-pole style. Have guests select their animal of choice and fasten around their heads. Take a few photos and then play classic party games in disguise like: tag, sardines or jailbreak.

STALK THE LANTERN

Best played at night, a lantern is placed in the centre of the campsite guarded by a player. The rest of the players need to make their way to the lantern without getting caught. The guard tries to spot the other players as they make their way to the lantern.

THE CHOCOLATE GAME

The players sit in a circle around a wrapped chocolate bar. Each participant rolls a die in turn. As the die continues around the circle, a player who rolls a six shouts “SIX!”. They then have to dress up by putting on a few items of clothing before attempting to eat the chocolate bar using a knife and fork. The die though continues around the circle until another player gets a six, and the player in the centre has to stop and it is the turn of the new player to try and eat the chocolate. The object of the game is to eat as much chocolate as possible.

NIGHT TIME SHADOWS

Make up the Meri Meri Balloon animals and peg a white sheet in front of a bright lamp or torch, and have guests proceed to recreate stories of their adventures and dreams.

HOT CHOCOLATE CUPS

Make your own by warming 500ml milk in a pot but do not allow to boil. Pop in 200g of Swiss chocolate and stir until it has melted. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs, top with marshmallows and a dollop of cream. Serve with a serviette around the mug so it doesn’t burn your hands. Sip and enjoy.

CAMPFIRE COOKING

Gather your guests together to make their own food, by skewering sausages and marshmallows for s’mores over the hot coals.

GRIZZLY BEAR CAKE

Creating a cake is easily done by surrounding a pre-bought chocolate cake with wafer straws and filling the centre with chocolate pieces and top it all off with the Meri Meri Let’s Explore bear cake topper.

CAN I HAVE S’MORE?

Send guests home with their own s’mores kit: fill Meri Meri Let’s Explore paper bags with cookies, marshmallows and chocolate pieces. Complete the take away treat with the printable tags.

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3 Comments

  1. Jennifer Weaver

    What a very sweet party!

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