Teach Kids To Think About Giving In Every Aspect of their Lives

Jungle Party Theme Cake

Children’s Jungle Party

(a short play or podcast)

Julie: I’m looking for a way to teach my kids to think about giving in every aspect of their lives.

Nichole: Weren’t you planning a birthday party for your son Howie?

Julie: Yes…

Nichole: You should add a charitable element to your celebration.

Julie: Intriguing, how do I do that?

Nichole: I’ve heard that some people, rather than accept more junky toys to clutter their houses, are asking friends and family to adopt an endangered animal in honor or the birthday boy or girl.

Julie: Wow! That’s a good idea.

Nichole: Of course. It’s a brilliant idea, if I may say so myself.

Nichole and Julie giggle

Nichole: And you know most of these charities give adoption gifts, like stuffed snow leopards and baby gorillas. Have the kids bring the adoption gifts and then use them as party decor. Then, donate the stuffed animals to the children’s hospital.

Julie: I like that. So.  Hmmm…it would mean, a jungle theme for decor too. That would be easy…a few coconuts, a bunch or two of bananas, plastic safari hats, and colorful plastic monkeys for the centerpiece.

Nichole: Yeah, now you’ve got your creative jungle juices flowing.

Julie: For more color, we can throw around safari balloons.

Nichole: That’s it. Keep it simple.

Julie: What do I do if the kids get hyper?

Nichole: If you bring hula hoops and beach balls you can keep the kids moving. Have them dance to music from movies like Jungle Book and Lion King.

Julie: I can also bring in musical instruments and have them make their own jungle music.

Nichole: Or have them bring their own instruments.

Julie: You’re right, some take lessons and have their own. I’ll bring extra…

Nichole:…like percussion?

Julie: Yeah…for the ones who don’t have any. You know, I saw a recipe for making a jungle themed cake on a cooking show.

Nichole: Cool. And for after the cake, if you bring old national geographic magazines and butcher block paper along with paper crayons, washable markers, and glue stick “creative kit bags,” they can walk away with their own creative designs and with the kits.

Julie: This is all such a great idea. Just one thing I don’t know if I can get ready.

Nichole: What’s that?

Julie: Get Howie ready for a party with no presents…


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Thursday Short Story Slam Week 7

You were supposed to write a story or poem based on the picture above. So I wrote a little play. Hope they don’t mind.

Since the Animal Rights community liked my previous poem, I wrote this with an AR theme.

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About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on August 4, 2011, in Animal, http://bluebellbooks.blogspot.com/, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Love it! Parents need to have material to educate their children. You are doing a great job my friend! Keep it up! Love your work:D

  2. I love your work 😀
    *hugs* keep rocking hon!

  3. Wonderful way to write a story about the prompts and work in some educational material, too. Well done!

  4. I love your interpretation of the prompt . What an excellent way to empower kids and teach them some good basic values … and they still get to have fun at the same time !

  5. Great idea, and sounds fun too=))

  6. I think that’s a fantastic idea and one that every family here on the West side of LA should implement immediately!

  7. kathi richards

    I need to forward this to my sis-in-law. My niece is having her 6th b-day at the end of the month.

  8. a party? how cool,
    love the creativity in this one, well done.


  9. Your imagination rocks! xoXox

  10. First off, I have a little bias toward one of the characters names – great choice! This was so fun to read and I do like the concept of teaching children appreciation for even the simplest of things like a birthday party or cake. Of course, I also like the idea of teaching them to enjoy life through participation as well. So many ideas you have wrapped up in here. Nicely done!
    P.S. Hope you’re recovering well. I send my very best wishes. 🙂

  11. It is taught in the Talmud to be charitable. This is what it reminds me of. Helping others is everlasting. Beautifully written and delivered. ❤

  12. cylestialchola

    I really liked this, not only the idea, but the delivery as well. I actually think that the concept is an excellent idea and would love to do something like this for my twins! Thanks for sharing this with us!!

  13. Wow, love this! If I had kids, I would soooo have this kind of party— heck, I might go ahead and have this kind of party anyway, adults need some education as much as the kids do!

    Awesome take on the prompt!

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  15. perfect for kids, big smiles.

    keep it up.

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  17. Thanks for pointing that out. I am sure there are other people besides me which find Teach Kids To Think About Giving In Every Aspect of their Lives ZONGRIK a useful source of information.

  18. A great idea and I love that jungle cake!

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