Dora the Explorer Theme
Fun theme ideas for a Dora the Explorer birthday
Dora the Explorer invitations set the
stage for a scavenger / treasure hunt by sending guests a
message in a bottle. Print our party information 2 to a
sheet of paper. Cut them apart and roll the 1/2 sheets of
paper with the party information into scrolls. Tie the scrolls
with a small piece of twine or curling ribbon. Place
them inside clear plastic water bottles (great way to recycle!)
Add some sand, silk leaves or anything that will relate to the
treasure hunt you are having. See below.
You can also send out fun
Dora the Explorer invitations that look a treasure map. Print the invitation
information on brown paper. Include a map to the party location
using symbols instead of words. Crinkle the paper to make it look
old. Then send out to your guests.
On the invitation say something like:
Come on! Vamanos!
It's _______________'s birthday party! Come find some
Time:_______________ to _______________
Map to the party:
Decorations for a Dora the Explorer Party
Color scheme: orange and pink
Decorate the party with streamers and balloons.
A fun way to hang streamers is to cut the crepe paper into strips
varying from 8" to 12". Tape them next to each so they hang down
on mantles, doorways, stairways, etc. Tie helium balloons to the
backs of the party table chairs.
Fun Ideas for a
Dora the Explorer Party
A fun idea for a Dora the Explorer party is to have
an adult dress up as Swiper.
Let them hide until it is time to
tell the children what he has swiped and hidden (see Dora the Explorer
treasure hunt below) so the children will be surprised.
should be dressed in grey with blue gloves and a blue mask. Paint
on a black nose and whiskers with face paint.
Dora the Explorer
Scavenger / Treasure Hunt
Make a fun scavenger / treasure hunt
for the birthday party guests. Let the guests use clues to search
for missing or stolen (Swiper!) objects from the birthday party.
Before the party: Decide on what objects will be
missing that the children have to find. Good ideas for
missing objects are: cake candles, the birthday cake itself,
flatware, balloons, blowers / horns, or the presents. Hide several of these items and let the children
search for them and then pick them up and carry them on the journey. When you have decided
where the items will be hidden make a list of their locations.
Also make a list of where you will hide the objects - add several places
that items won't be hidden but that will be part of the treasure hunt.
Number these hiding places on your list.
Place the clues around the party area so that one clue will lead to the
next and so on. Hide small party favors along the way that the
children can take home with them. Some suggestions are party hats,
rings, blowers / horns, magnifying glasses, etc. To
make the hunt last longer you can make the children have to perform a
task before they can get the next clue. Fun ideas are: build
a tower of blocks, sing a nursery rhyme, say the alphabet backwards,
For fun you can decorate the house and yard into different areas that
will give them a clue where to look. For example: Hang
wrapped candies from a tree and call it the "sugar tree". Place
large lollipops in the yard (poke the stick into the ground) and call it
the "lollipop forest". Decorate a room in blue for the "shimmering
lake" or brown for a "cave".
Decide what you want Swiper to swipe from the party. The cake or
the presents are always fun. Make sure the children see the cake
on the table or the presents lined up before they are swiped.
Distract them with a game in another room and move the cake or presents
(or both!) to their hiding spot. Then announce that it's time to
open presents ... or have cake and ice cream. Pretend to be
concerned that the presents are missing. Look around the room for
them and ask the children if they have seen them. If you have
someone to dress up as Swiper have them appear. If you do
not have anyone to dress up as Swiper then tell the children that you
know who did this ... it must be Swiper!
Drawstring bags or small backpacks make great party favors for a Dora
the Explorer party and they can be used now while the children are trying to
find the missing items.
Decorate drawstring bags or backpacks
Paint wooden picture frames and decorate with glitter, paint and/or foam
Decorate cupcakes or brownies
birthday party activities
Food Ideas for a Dora the Explorer Party
Chips, Salsa, Queso and
Cheese and Chicken Quesadillas
Tacos - Have a serve yourself taco bar
where party guests can add their own toppings.
Cream cheese pinwheels - Spread cream
cheese on a tortilla (add chopped green chili if desired) then roll up.
Start at the end and cut the tortilla "tube" every 1" . The
circular pieces look like pinwheels.
Sopapillas and honey (Fried Mexican
Party Favor Ideas
Small pair of binoculars
Mexican Jumping Beans
Dora themed items such as stickers, chapstick, etc.
Small notepad and pencil
Goody / Loot Bags
Contain your Dora birthday party favors in:
Small backpacks or drawstring bags
Fiesta printed bandana (wrap around the party favors and tie with