Invitations for your dinosaur birthday party are a snap when you use Kaboose's Birthday Printables . Print placemats, thank you cards, and more. Or, purchase pre-printed or personalized dinosaur birthday invitations from BirthdayinaBox.com.
For outside dinosaur party decorations you can use three (or more) large, empty, refrigerator boxes cut and painted to look like a cave. Prop up/hang over front door. Hang a sign that says "Jurassic Park" over top or paint words onto cardboard. Place Palm plants or draw jungle bushes on cardboard and place beside the cave.
If you can't locate the necessary boxes, obtain a roll of butcher paper and do a paper mural. Pop a Jurassic Park Soundtrack into a tape player, hidden behind all the bushes for sound effects or have playing when they walk through the door. For an extra touch add some dry-ice to create a misty fog.
Inside, have your guests follow dinosaur footprints, cut from brown paper, to the party room. Lots of large green plants and giant rocks will add to your decor. Hang dinosaur posters or a dinosaur banner on the walls, along with other dinosaur birthday decorations for a little more authenticity.
Top you table with a black or dinosaur-themed vinyl cloth and small, bushy, plants, small rocks, dinosaur centerpieces, and plastic dinosaur figures or paper dinosaurs. The food should be worked into vines and shrubbery so that you don't see the food containers. Moss is a wonderful addition for this purpose.
No plasticware at this party! Instead use frisbees for plates and let them eat with their hands. Or stock up on dinosaur party supplies, such as dinosaur-themed paper plates, dinosaur print paper napkins, and dinosaur paper cups. If you desire paper, purchase a dino table cloth at your local party store and cut into napkins. Guests will want to either tie these around their necks or tuck them into the neckline of their shirts.
If you want to serve some finger food try your hand at cutting dino shape sandwiches using a dinosaur cookie cutter and heat up some dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets. Don't forget to mix up some red punch for volcanic lava juice.
Purchase black bags dinosaur print cellophane bags to hold party favors and decorate with dinosaur stickers or utilize our Kaboose Dino Clip Art. Fill each bag with dinosaur cookies and a cookie cutter, dinosaur pencil, small plastic dinosaurs, dinosaur stickers, and other dinosaur party favors.
Keep the theme going with dinosaur party games like:
Pin the Tooth on the Dinosaur - Enlarge an image of an open-mouth Tyrannosaurus Rex. Make enough paper teeth for each child and put their name on front. Blindfold and turn child three times before letting them go. Give a party prize to the tooth that comes the closest.
Dino Match - Use our Kids Domain Dino Clip Art to make your own matching cards. Two of each dinosaur mounted on sturdy cardstock and laminated, if desired. Or print the Dino Match Cards from Bry-Back Manor.
Dinosaur Hunt - Buy a medium size stuffed or plastic dinosaur. Have all the children close their eyes, or go out of the room, while the birthday child hides it. Have children return and commence "hunting" for the dinosaur. The child that finds it first gets a party prize and/or the opportunity to hide the dinosaur next.
Bone Drop - You'll need bone-shaped dog biscuits (or cookies made with a bone-shaped cookie cutter), a chair, and a bowl or jar (depending on the age of your guests) for this one. Have children kneel facing the back of the chair. Bowl or jar is placed on the floor in front of them. Give them 5-10 bones and see how many they can get into the bowl. Break a tie by having a drop-off and using a smaller container.
Dinosaur Egg Hatch - Stuff a large balloon "egg" with a dinosaur party favor (whistles work well), blow up and tie. Tell the children they're going to get a chance to hatch their very own dinosaur egg.
For older children divide into two teams and relay from one end of the room to the other, sit on the balloon egg, lay on the balloon egg, squish the balloon egg...anything they can to pop "HATCH" the balloon egg. First team to hatch all their eggs wins. For younger children say, "GO" and let them all grab a balloon egg at the same time and try to hatch it.
Make sure to carefully clean up the balloon remains, as they are choke hazards for young children.
Dinosaur Egg Relay - You will need a spoon for each child and lots of hard boiled, dyed, eggs. Divide children into two teams and give each child a spoon and each team an egg. On your mark the first person in each line races to the other end of the room and back, keeping the egg on the spoon. When they return they must then transfer their egg onto the next team members spoon and repeat until all player have finished.
Fossil Dig - Ask your local grocery butcher for left-over bones. Do this at least a week before the party. Boil bones for 1/2 to 1 hour and then bake at 350 degrees for another hour. Cool and spray with primer and white paint.
Fill plastic childs swimming pool with sand and hide bones within. Give each guest a bucket or decorated sack to store their bones in. Provide tools such as: small plastic shovel, medium and large paint brushes, plastic cups, broom, etc.
Let kids dig to their hearts delight and take home their findings. Sure to be a hit!
Dinosaur Tail - An outdoor game that begins like tag. Birthday child is "it". As soon as he/she tags a guest they hold hands and together proceed to tag another guest who joins the link "tail". Keep going until the tail is complete.
- Volcano's are always fascinating. A great, quick, craft for kids is to make their own miniature volcano . Have kids make a mound of sand around a Dixie cup. Let them scoop a couple spoonfuls of baking soda into the cup. Off to the side provide each child with a small cup of vinegar (add some dye for color) and let them pour the vinegar into the dixie cup. AWESOME! For more craft ideas you will want to peruse our Kids Domain Dinosaur Crafts.
Make sure you check out our Dinosaur Birthday Cake before calling your local bakery. It's sure to make your Cavemen grunt and roar for more!
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