Brother Bear Birthday Party | Ideas, Games & Activities

Hello and welcome to this Brother Bear birthday party ideas page! Brother Bear is one of my all-time favourite Disney movies, with a lovely story about caring, wisdom and love packaged in a beautiful movie full of funny scenes and great music!

I’m Zoe, previously a professional kids’ party host, who found a new love in this blog, sharing my ideas with you all at home. I like to keep things simple and stress-free, focusing on imagination and presence rather than Pinterest aesthetics.

This brother bear party post includes simple but great ideas for games, activities and fun!

As well as this lovely brother bear post we also have a teddy bear picnic party plan which you might like to check out too!

Brother Bear Birthday Party Games

1. Brother Bear adventure land

This is a fun, high-paced, high-concentration game that is great fun for all party kids to play.

In this game, the facilitator calls out instructions and the kids have to follow these associated actions below! The slowest to follow them can be sent out (or you can reward the fastest to avoid sending children out!)

  • Climb the Glacier- Children make a climbing action
  • Salmon Swim- Pretend to dive into the water and swim
  • Where the spirits touch the mountains – Run to one side of the room
  • To the Cave – Children run to the other side of the room
  • Riding the mammoth- children bump around pretending to ride a mammoth

To make it harder to easier you can add or take away actions to adapt it to a good level for your kids.

2. Grizzly Bear’s footsteps

This game is like grandmas footsteps and a super fun, classic party game. Kids line up along one side of the room and at the other one child is designated grizzly bear. The grizzly bear faces the wall- not looking at the children.

While the grizzly bear is turned away, the kids tiptoe forwards and as soon as the grizzly bear turns around, they have to freeze. If they catch anyone moving, kids can be sent out or back to the start line.

The child who manages to tap the grizzly bear on the shoulder wins! You can usually play a few rounds of this game.

3. Brother, Brother, Bear!

Another classic party game, this is like duck duck goose but with a theme. It’s a great one to play as children arrive (or as children might get tired of lunchtime at different rates) as new players can easily join and it’s fun and familiar to them.

Children sit in a circle facing inwards. Child A walks around the outside of the circle and gently taps the group one by one on the head as they pass saying brother, brother, brother….then, they choose one child (child B) to say bear!

Child B jumps up and chases Child A around the circle. Child A has to run around the whole group and sit back in Child B’s space. If they manage, Child B becomes Child A in the next round. Otherwise, Child A has to play again until they succeed.

Brother Bear Themed Birthday Party Activities

1. Craft activity: decorate your own animal spirit necklace

This is a lovely activity for the children and a great keepsake. In the movie, each character, when they come of age, is given a spirit animal to guide them into the person they should be becoming.

There are a few ways to do this. one of the best things I’ve seen online are these really cute button necklaces from KiwiCo! They have step-by-step instructions and loads of ideas for different animals that the children can choose between.

2. Adventure to the Salmon Fishing River

Take the kids on an adventure to “the salmon fishing river”! This is a great real-action role-play activity for kids to spark their creativity and get them doing what they do best- using their imagination!

Perhaps work your way along the length of a room, or around the room in a circle. to get the feeling of the journey and act out the steps that the characters take to reach the river ( and add some fictional ones for fun!)

Here are some of our ideas:

  • Through the jungle: act out slashing trees to make a path
  • Riding on mammoths: pretend you’re on a bouncy mammoth ride, shall we feed the mammoths as a thank you, or give them some water?
  • Balance on the ICE!: to get across the ice sheet, maybe we all need to balance to avoid the cracks and squeeze through the ice sheets. How else could we make our way over the ice? Skating? Sledding?
  • Let’s play I Spy! (this refers to the funny scene in the movie linked below where the characters play I Spy when the only thing on the horizon is a tree! “Something green?”, “Something tall?”…

3. Hand Print Ceremony

This ceremony will be a group artwork activity minicing the handprint ceremony in Brother Bear. With exciting ceremonial music, the children will each come forward and use paint to print their hands on a large group canvas while the other children cheer them!

This is a fun, light-hearted, group activity and the final hand-printed canvas will be a lovely keepsake of the day!

The best way to do this is by using red or brown poster paint and a large A2 or A1 sheet, blue tacked to a wall (with an old sheet or some newspaper below in case there are any spills.

This is a lovely youtube video of brother bear background music that will be perfect to help create an atmosphere for the activity!

Brother Bear Party Decorations!

Here are my top 3 suggestions for decorations for a Brother Bear Themed Party:

  1. Massive bear balloons! I rarely suggest themed balloons but I think, for an affordable price, these are just the cutest bear-themed decorations and I think they will add so much atmosphere to a space!
  2. Large prehistoric or northern light spirit backdrop as a photo prop and decoration! We think bold big impact sheet are super effective centrepiece decoration pieces. For instance either this stunning northern lights fabric hanging or something like this prehistoric vibe backdrop.
  3. Music! It sounds like a funny decoration suggestion but it is the absolute best way to create an atmosphere and the theme music for the Brother Bear movie is just gorgeous!!! I’ve already linked to perfect brother bear background music above, but be sure to play the classics too, particularly ‘Welcome to our family’ and ‘On our way!’


We have also created a step-by-step guide with a timeline for planning a kid’s party which includes this PDF party planning checklist, and a PDF list of tasks you can be delegating. These are ALL FREE, and don’t even take your emails so follow the links above to grab them.

Above all, make sure you are present for your child and that they are having fun! Be sure to capture the day with loads of gorgeous photos.

Best of luck, Zoe xx

As well as this Brother Bear party post, we have a number of other great party themes such as jungle explorer party or Outer Space Party that you might love to explore.

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