Bridge to Terabithia (Disney) was recently released as a major motion picture ~ it is the very poignant story of two 5th graders, Jess and Leslie, who spin an imaginary world, Terabithia, to slay their fears and handle the awkward situations in their real lives. The charming relationship between these two school outcasts is very sweet. There is a true poignancy to the film as well ~ if you have read the book or seen the film, you will know exactly what I mean. Still, Bridge to Terabithia has so many wonderful elements that you can use to incorporate into a wonderful tween party. The movie embraces kids’ using their imagination to build an enchanting world. What a great concept for a party! If the idea appeals to your tween, here are some ideas to bring your own Land of Terabithia alive:

  1. This is a great idea for a spring or summer party, so that the action of the party can take place outdoors either in your backyard, the woods, or at a park.
  2. The story takes place using the imagination of the two kids, Jess and Leslie. “Keeping their eyes shut and their minds wind open.” A great sign to hang at the front entrance of the party would be this saying.
  3. A large part of the story takes place in Jess’ notebook where he draws amazing things. When the kids arrive, provide them with small notebooks and colored pencils. Encourage them to begin drawing or writing what they imagine. Encourage them to be descriptive.

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