Invite Dora, Boots and all her friends to your party with this Dora birthday party guide. But we won’t tell Swiper about the party, will we?
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- Come On! Vamanos! Everybody Let’s Go!
- It’s a Birthday Fiesta for [child’s name] the Explorer!
- Date and Time:
- RSVP so Swiper the Fox doesn’t swipe your spot at the party!
Take a look at these personalized Dora the Explorer Party invitations:
- Choose orange, purple and pink as the colors for streamers, balloons, and table covers.
- Dora is a Star Catcher, so hang shiny stars from the ceiling above the main table.
- Play a Dora music CD to help create a fun atmosphere.
- Make cute table decorations by printing the Dora and Diego stand-up figures from the official Dora website from Nick Jr. Attach them to cardboard backing to stand up easier or laminate them.
- Print Dora bracelets from the same Nick Jr. website onto thick paper. Use double-sided tape to close them.
- Take a look at Mexican Fiesta decorations that could fit the Dora theme.
- Make lots of big tissue paper flowers to decorate tables or tie to chairs using these directions.
- Make a path of stars from your front door to the party room.
- Purchase Dora mylar balloons and surround each one with a cluster of cheaper latex balloons. Tie together 5 or 7 balloons, with the mylar one slightly higher than the others. Then anchor the cluster of balloons in a prominent spot in the party room. Good placement ideas are at the entrance to the room, at one end of the food table, near the activities, and next to large furniture. Tie a balloon to the back of each chair, and tie a group of five balloons to the birthday child’s chair.
Dora’s Birthday Adventure -
Lead the children on an adventure like an episode of the Dora show. Make a map with three areas based on the show – show Crocodile River, Rainbow Rock and Tico’s Tunnel. Tell them that at the end of the adventure they will find the birthday cake [or the piñata]. First create Crocodile River using blue towels spread on the floor with a flat board stretched across so the children can safely cross the river. Add any toy crocodiles you own. Rainbow Rock can be a bunch of colorful balloons tied to a rock. And last is Tico’s Tunnel which can be made from a large cardboard box or a play tunnel if you own one already.
Use lavender paper bags (from the craft store) and draw the eyes and mouth to resemble Dora’s backpack. Use orange bags like Diego’s for boys. Put one guest’s name on each. Fill the bags with a copy of the map, a small noisemaker like a party blower and a mini-flashlight.
Start by saying you are taking them on an adventure but you don’t know how to get there and ask if anyone knows who we can ask for help when we don’t know which way to go? The kids will all call out “Map!” Of course, we’ll look at the map, you’ll say. Go first to Crocodile River and carefully cross over. Check the map again and go next to Rainbow Rock. Tell the children they must solve this riddle before going any further: Who uses a field journal and is Dora’s cousin? They will answer “Diego!” Great answer! Now we can go on…check the map and head to Tico’s Tunnel.
On the way to the tunnel you should put a big stuffed bear who is “sleeping”. Tell the children they can’t go any further until they wake up the bear and he moves out of the way. How can they make noise to wake up the bear? The children will take their noisemakers out of their purple bags. The children should shake their noisemakers and call out “Wake up, bear! Wake up bear! Wake up bear!” Move the bear out of the way and go to the tunnel. Stop the children and say “Ooooh, it’s dark in there, what can we use to see in the dark?” They will answer “our flashlights!” Let the kids use their mini-flashlights to crawl through the tunnel.
Leave a note on the other side of the tunnel from Swiper that says “I’ve stolen the birthday cake [or piñata] and you’ll never find it now!” Then lead the children in saying “Swiper, No Swiping! Swiper, No Swiping! Swiper, No Swiping!” At this point one of your helpers should appear as Swiper with the missing Birthday cake [or piñata] and say loudly “Oh, man!” just like Swiper does on the show.
More Dora Party Games
- As children arrive, let them color this free Dora coloring page.
- Dora’s Friendship Bracelet – Make these yourself for toddlers, and let older kids make them as a party activity. Supply yellow beads and one blue flower bead for each bracelet with a length of cord. Let the kids string the beads onto the cord to make a bracelet just like Dora wears. For boys, replace the flower bead with something like a sports ball.
- Pin the Backpack on Dora – Enlarge a picture of Dora and cut out lots of purple backpack shapes. Put double sided tape on the back of each backpack and let the kids try to stick it in the correct place while blindfolded. If any of the kids are scared of the blindfold, just skip it.
- Guess What’s in Dora’s Backpack – Put small items in a backpack and let each child reach in to feel what’s inside. Let them guess what they felt. Use items like a flashlight and binoculars.
- Find Swiper – Print a picture of Swiper the fox and hide it. Send the guests out to hunt for Swiper.
- Musical Stars – Use large yellow stars instead of chairs to play Musical Chairs.
- And don’t forget a Dora pinata!
Helpful Links for a Dora Party:
Honestly, kids will be having so much fun at this party that you don’t need to worry about food. If you do want to tie in the Dora theme, here are a few ideas:
- Make a vase of Isa’s flowers using lollipops stuck into a Styrofoam ball in the vase. Add some dry beans on top to hide the Styrofoam.
- Star shaped cookies.
- Boots the Monkey’s favorite snack – bananas!
- Small cheese quesadillas or mini tacos and tortilla chips.
- Decorate your own Dora cake using these instructions from the Dora website.
Choose party favors that Dora might use on an adventure, such as binoculars, a compass or a small backpack. Then add Dora stickers and bubbles, plus some candy, and you’re all set.
Take the work out of planning the favor bags by ordering complete Dora Party favor sets.
Take a look at our ideas for using personalized party supplies.