Birthday Party Themes: Kids Dinosaur Party

Advice on planning dinosaur parties for children. Tips on invitations, decorations, and activities.

INVITATIONS

One simple invitation is to cut a bone shape out of a piece of white card stock or poster board. Write the party invitation on the bone. If you want to get a little more complex, get some white plastic Easter eggs. Put a miniature plastic dinosaur inside of it, with a folded-up note containing all of the party information. Make some clay by combining equal amounts of baking soda and corn starch and water in a pot. Stir until it's the consistency of mashed potatoes. Add more of the corn starch and baking soda if it's a little runny. When it's of a good molding consistency, take it off the heat and let it cool. Mold the clay around the eggs and roll into a ball. Don't make it too thick-- no more than a half-inch layer, or it won't dry. Leave it out for a couple of days to completely set. Give these to your guests with instructions to crack it open. They'll find their dinosaur egg with their invitation inside.

DECORATIONS:

Turn your living room or yard into a prehistoric swamp. Make big palm trees by cutting long sheets of butcher or brown paper (or paper bags in the grocery stores) into long, tapered tree barks. Tape them to the wall. Make long, green, slightly curving leaves out of construction or poster board paper, and tape them to the top of the tree trunk. Hang green crepe paper for vines. If you know someone who is artistic enough to trace a dinosaur on a large piece of poster board paper, make some cut outs and hang them around the room as well. Cut some great big dinosaur feet out of felt and put them around the area on the floor.

REFRESHMENTS:

Put signs on the table-- on one side, the food for "herbivores," and on the other side the food for "carnivores." On the herbivore side, place some vegetable sticks on a platter decorated with leafy greens, cold slaw and pretzel sticks (twigs). On the carnivore side, put some roasted turkey (dino) drumsticks, (brontosaurus) burgers, and chicken (pterodactyl) wings. Make some lava punch by putting some raspberry sherbet into ginger ale. For a great cake, get a package of miniature dinosaurs from a dollar store. Make a regular cake, decorate it with chocolate frosting. Pipe some green tinted frosting on it in the shape of leaves. Stick the little dinosaurs on them to roam around.

ACTIVITIES

Have a dinosaur egg hung. Get some plastic Easter eggs and fill them all with little candy and treats, except for one-- save a plastic dinosaur and put it inside. Hide the eggs around the area and let the kids go looking for the eggs. The one who finds the dinosaur egg wins a prize. Get some safari shaped party hats at the party store, and let the kids decorate them with stickers. Get a few sets of alphabet stickers so that they can put their names on the hats, as well as different prehistoric plants, trees, and, of course, dinosaurs. Let the kids make "dinosaur feet". You'll need two shoe boxes per child. Let them cut a hole in the top of the shoe box just big enough to fit their foot into. Tape the box top to the bottom. Wrap it in paper of green, brown or gray, leaving the hole open. Glue some smaller paper scraps on the front for nails or claws. When they are done, let the kids have a race in their dinosaur feet.

GOODY BAGS

There are tons of dinosaur stuff for kids that you can find at discount stores or party stores; coloring books, inflatable dolls, little plastic miniatures, skeleton models, key chains, and games. Pick a variety and put it into a bag for them, with more "dinosaur eggs" full of treats.

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