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DINOSAUR BIRTHDAY PARTY

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Dinosaurs rock! This dino-mite Dinosaur Birthday Party is a theme that kids really dig.

We have a lot of boys in our family and they all love dinosaurs. In fact, the girls love them too. This is a theme that won't be going extinct any time soon.

Kim's son, Jack, chose this theme for one of his birthdays not too many years ago. The best thing is, you don't have to be a paleontologist to put together this prehistoric party. We have all the innovative ideas and simple suggestions you need to make this party a hit of gigantic proportions.

There are many varieties of Dinosaur Party themes to choose from like Dinosaur Adventure. For the younger ones, there is Little Dino, Dinosaur Train and and Dinosaur Party. If your child is turning one, we've got you covered on that one too.

All of the Dinosaur themes go right along together so no need to look any further! Make no bones about it, we have unearthed the best bargains on the planet for you. Take a peek at what we've dug up.

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We like to start out with a party package like the ones above and then gather up what we can excavate from around the house that we can creatively "re-imagine" and grab things at a dollar or discount store as well. Then, there are always some special things we splurge on.


INVITATIONS

Get the word out with a grrreat rrrroar with dinomite invitations like these. You can pick from fill-in-the-blanks or the custom versions. Most every dinosaur theme has matching invitations and don't forget the Thank-you notes while you're ordering.

You can also order your invitations straight from a print shop like Tiny Prints or the Card Shop. The quality is excellent, you can design your own and some of them will even mail them out for you and even tend to the RSVP list.

Of course, if you are up for it, you can create your own invitations. For those you can hand deliver, how about this fun idea:

Partymite Egg Invitations

1. Cut a dinosaur out of green construction paper and print the party details on it.

2. Fold the invitation up really small and place it in a "dinosaur egg". You can find the eggs on Amazon or do like we did and use green and camo colored "reimagined" Easter eggs.

3. Slip in a little treat like magically expanding dinos, stickers or even confetti.

4. Deliver!

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Neatly fill out the invitations of your choice or better yet, order personalized dinosaur address labels. Seal the deal with customized stamps from Stamps.com and dinosaur stickers. You can even order personalized stickers. Then sprinkle in some dino confetti for a little added fun.

Be sure to get the invitations in the wind with plenty of time to spare so parents can plan accordingly.


DECORATIONS

Enter the Land Before Time! Set your prehistoric party mood with dino-details that will leave the little paleontologists in wonder. Brown and green are excellent colors for this party but if your particular dino-theme has other colors too, you can certainly goe with those as well.

First, a yard sign, door cover or banner is a great way to welcome the guests and assure they won't end up at a neighbor's house by mistake.

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Make tracks! Check out these cool dino-foot prints that lead the way to the party area. We had them all the way from the front sidewalk, up the porch, down the hall and right into the family room where our party was. If your party is for little ones, you can play the fun song We Are The Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner. You won't believe the look on the little guest's faces as they begin the journey back in time down dinosaur lane!

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I like to set up a "grand entrance" right off so we grabbed up some tree standees at Shindigz. Shindigz has a myriad of scene setters and the best thing is that you can use a little imagination and repurpose them for party after party. We actually had used the same trees for our Jungle Theme Party. Another great theme to reuse them for is our Hawaiian Luau or any of our Summer Themes.



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We also got this standee at Shindigz. It's a Giganotosaurus that measures about 70x73 with the easel. You can choose between all different breeds though including the towering T-Rex.

A dinosaur standee not only set an adventurous mood to the room but serves as an excellent photo prop too.



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Make sure your Dinosaur Party rocks! Instead of bringing in heavy rocks from outside, we made our own paper rocks. It's easy! Just take brown paper bags of various sizes and spray paint them gray. Of course you will want to do this project outside due to the fumes. Once the spray paint has dried, draw specs and dots on the bags with a black marker.

Crumble your paper bag into a ball, un-crumble and crumble again. You may even want to set something on the bag until the shape is well set in. Spray the bags with Shellac to seal and make it shiney and even add a top coat if you wish.

Arrange the "rocks" around the party area. Couple them up with inflatable toy dinosaurs for a real prehistoric air.

Deck the walls with dinosaur cut outs. You can find dinosaur wall add ons online and can also use cut outs from kid magazines and posters work great too. We even hung some of Jack's dino artwork up.

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Now is the time to get out all the dinosaur toys and anything pertaining to the leaping lizards. We found Jack had quite a collection of dinosaurs but we also picked up some at a thrift store for next to nothing.

Hang dinosaur toys and dino-danglers from the ceiling and scatter them about to set a real stone age atmosphere. Inflatable dinosaur toys are awesome to use!

Drape some green and brown streamers across the ceiling,from corner to corner, as well.




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If you really want to go all out, grab a couple of jungle tree palms from Shidigz. They are a little pricey but are a dino-mite WOW factor.

Standing 6 foot and 9 foot tall, they are perfect for a party at a community center or somewhere that has a lot of room you need to spruce up. You can always repurpose them for many parties to come.

You can find tropical and jungle backdrops at Shindigz too.


Make no bones about it, dinosaur balloons that will add a prehistoric air to your room. No party is complete without lots and lots of balloons. Mix solids with dinosaur theme mylars and fill them with helium We always purchase a tank because it's more economical and much more convenient.

Tie a color coordinating curly ribbon on each one and float some from the ceiling, tie some on to the backs of chairs and anchor some with toy dinosaurs and place about the room. We always use some to make centerpieces for tables.

Got a pinata? Pinatas are always a hit and serve as a fun party game too so be sure you have one for your party. You can order just the pinata and fill it yourself or the whole kit and kaboodle which includes the filler toys and candy. Check these out!

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A super fun thing to do for this party is to make a balloon tree. First, you will need to make a base. We used a large planter and filled it with dirt then stuck a mop handle in it (minus the mop). Blow up brown and green balloons. Start with the brown and attach them to the lower part of the mop handle to form the "trunk" and then work your way to the "tree" using the green balloons. You will want to use curly ribbon to tie green on green to shape a very full circle. when doing the "tree". Place some dinosaur toys or standees around the tree.

If you aren't into making your own or are pressed for time, Shindigz has a great kit that you can use over and over.

Not only is a balloon tree a fun saurce of dino-decor but you can use the balloon tree at game time and when the party is over, the guests can take some of the tree home as a reminder of the gigantic fun they had at your Dinosaur Party.

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When setting up tables like for the cake, punch and food, you have simply GOT to set these mini volcanos around for that added flair!

This pocket volcano is exploding with fun! Each plastic pocket volcano can be activate just by adding baking soda and vinegar or bathtub fizz and then watch the volcano erupt! We added some dinosaur toys and some miniature trees the get the full effect.

These di-novelties are really inexpensive so we sat them everywhere, used one on the cake and also gave each guest one in their party favor bag!


DINOSAUR PARTY FOOD

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The children will no doubt have a Giganotosaurus appetite with the huge fun they will be having so please feed the dinos gobs of great grub so delicious it will become extinct right before your eyes.

Needless to say, if your party falls around mealtime, you will want to be sure to include some of the more filling dishes so as not to ruffle the spikes of the terrible lizzards.

DINOSAUR NUGGETS

We found Dinosaur chicken nuggets and simply warmed them up. Serve o a green platter. We sat miniature plastic trees around the platter for an added fun flair.

CARNIVORE CUSINE

Carnivore's were meat eating dinosaurs so be sure to dine the dinos in style with Dinosaur Legs dipped in Prehistoric Honey-Mustard Sauce. You can provide a "graveyard" for the dino-bones to go in when the dish is devoured.

DINOSAUR LEGS

Bake up a nice batch of chicken legs providing at least one per guest. Simply salt and pepper the legs and bake at 350 degrees until completely done.

PREHISTORIC HONEY-MUSTARD SAUCE

Simply mix up 1/2 cup of honey with 1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of prepared Dijon-style mustard or regular mustard. Chill.

YUMMY-SARUS QUESADILLAS

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For each Yumy-saurus you will simply fill a flour tortilla with cheese and fold. Cook each side in skillet in small amount of cooking oil.

Once they have cooled, use a dinosaur shaped cookie cutter to cut out Yummy-saurus.

Depending on the size of the cookie cutters, you will need one tortilla per quesadilla.

NOTE: You can use spinach tortillas instead if you want to go green...and they are healthier too (shhhh....don't tell the kids!).





CAVEMAN ROCK AND ROLL

Bake a caveman rock that's a roll! Take one frozen bread dough package and defrost. Roll into a round "cave shape" and follow the instructions as far as letting the dough rise and baking it as each brand may vary.

Once the bread roll is baked and cooled, sit it on a platter and scoop out a "door" and some of the center. Fill the empty cavity with a cream cheese dip or any dip that is not runny.

Cut the bread scoopings into cubes and arrange around the cave for dipping along with veggies such as carrot and celery sticks.

We reserved a little of the dip and put around the "cave door" and stuck parsley in it to look like shrubs and then placed some little toy dinosaurs about.


EGGSELLENT DINOSAUR TRAIL MIX

Fill a Clear Plastic Eggsclear-easter-eggs with sunflower seeds, raisins, dried fruit or even trail mix. You can grab the plastic eggs for next to nothing on Amazon. Be sure to order extras for our fun dino-putty craft.



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SLIMY DINOSAUR JELL-O

Make green Jell-O. Put some of it in clear plastic containers and put some aside. When the Jell-O starts to solidify, add various gummy dinosaurs. Beat the rest of the Jell-O to a froth and add to the top of the slime. Let set. Decorate the top with some toy dinosaurs for even more fun.


GrrrrGANCIOUSLY GREAT GOODIES

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Dig this silicone mold from Designed 2B Sweet. Make mini dinocakes or dino-mite-candy from green Wilton Candy Melts.wilton-candy-melts,/div>



DINO-SHAPED COOKIES

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These cookies are really easy and cute taboot! Mix up some of our shortbread cookie dough and let chill for at least an hour. Roll out and cut with Dinosaur Cookie Cuttersdinosaur-cookie-cutters. Bake as directed on the recipe and let cool. Frost using our decorative frosting recipe tinted with Wilton Icing Colorswilton-cake-coloring.



WHITE CHOCOLATE DINOSAUR PRETZELS

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If you want to put together a super quick, super yummy dino-snack, here ya go...

Take large pretzel sticks and dip 1/2 in melted white Wilton candy melts. While still hot, sprinkle on Dinosaur Ediblesdinosaur-sprinkles and let cool. Arrange in bright colored festive dishes like these cute dinosaur mugs that we used.

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RAINBOW DINO-EGGS

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This was one of the funnest desserts we served and delicious as well! You will need a couple of dozen plastic Easter Eggs. You will need to make fairly large holes in each but be sure that is the only hole in the egg. If your eggs have a tiny hole already, simply use the same hole and make it larger. You can make the hole with a drill. SPRAY THE INSIDE OF EACH EGG GENEROUSLY WITH NON-STICK SPRAY.

Boil 1 cup of water and pour into a bowl containing one package of Jello until dissolved.

Place 1/3 Cool Whip in a bowl and pour half of the Jello in the bowl. Whisk the mixture together.

Set the plastic eggs in an empty egg carton, hole side up. Take a small amount of the solid Jello and squirt inside the egg with a turkey baster. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Take the eggs out and add the Jello and Cool Whip mixture on top of the layer that has set. Return to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Make another batch of Jello using another color. Again, mix half with 1/3 cup of Cool Whip and repeat the process.

Once you have completed the process enough times to have full eggs that are completely set, carefully remove from the plastic eggs. It is easiest to remove the larger part of the egg first.

Arrange on a platter. We made a "bed" out of spinach and layed the eggs atop then set around some small plastic dinosaur toys for the full effect.


DINOSAUR JIGGLE EGGS

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These are a fun twist to Jello Eggs. You will need enough eggs so each guest can have at least one.

Take a knife and crack the top part of each egg and remove only the top part, about 1/4 of the shell.

Empty each egg into a bowl so you can use the it for another recipe or even for scrambled eggs. Wash the inside of the shells and place them back in the egg cartons with the broken side facing up.

Prepare the Jello mix according to directions. Set aside.

Place one gummy dinosaur candy of a contrasting color to your gelatin into each shell. Fill 3/4 full with liquid Jello mixture.

Refrigerate overnight and remove the eggs from the cartons and display on a plate along with a scattering of extra gummy dinosaurs.


KRISPIE DINOSAUR BONES

We made these with bone shaped cookie cutters we had from a party for our dog, Joe!

Simply make up a batch of Rice Crispie Treats, tint in green, blue or whatever color you choose then shape with bone shaped cookie cutters.

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 package of regular sized marshmallows

6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Tint if you would like tol Remove from heat.

Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Usse a cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes.

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KRISPIE DINO EGGS

A fun twist to the recipe above is to pack plastic eggs with the Rice Krispie Treat mix and let set until firm. Take out of the eggs and drizzle on some melted semi-sweet chocolate morsels or Wilton green candy melts.


DINOS IN A HALF SHELL

Prepare several batches of Jello in a variety of colors and mix according to the directions on the package.

Spray the inside of each egg with non-stick baking spray.

Drill a hole in the top of some plastic Easter Eggs Shells and use a turkey baster to fill each egg with the liquid Jello mixture.

Place in the refrigerator until well set.

Take the Jello eggs out of the plastic eggs and cut each one in half.

Squirt a generous dab of Whip Cream in the center of each half then place a plastic toy dinosaur in each one.

Arrange on a platter and enjoy!


HOG WILD DINO-POPS

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Cool them down with dinosaur popsicles made from these dinosaur molds. We filled them with green lime juice but you can use green gatorade or kool-aide.

Simply fill the molds and freeze then pop them out for a dinosaur shaped pops.

CUSTOM CANDY AND COOKIES

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Check this out! These new custom candies and cookies are a must and can be ordered from PrintCandy, the company that has brought custom order candy and candy wrappers to many of our birthday parties, now has cookies too!

The Full Color Cookie allows you to print almost anything including a full color picture using edible ink. For each order, you can choose whether you would like a customized background, image/logo and even a personalized message or other combination printed with full color. The website will walk you through a short 3 minute process and help you make your customized Full Color Cookie order.

The 3D Cookie is produced with raised images; makes a great custom addition to any party or event. No art needed, just follow our website instructions to add your text and they will produce a special cookie just for you. Now how awesome is that?

Save 10% on your custom cookie order with code PRINTCOOKIES10!.




CAKES AND CUPCAKES

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CAKES

Children look very forward to the unearthing of the birthday cake so make sure yours rocks!

You have several choices when it comes to the cake, depending on how much time you are able to put into the process.

Your cake can be ordered at a bakery or boutique, picked up at most local grocers or you can bake your own. When baking your own, you can go with simple and quick or choose to use your creative bone!

LINDA'S DINOSAUR CAKE

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My sister made this prehisoric marvel for Kim's son, Jack. Simply bake a rectangle cake in the flavor of your choice.

Frost using yellow, brown, orange and green. Build a dirt mound out of Oreo or Vanilla Wafer cookie crumbs and set about miniature plastic tree and toy dinosaurs. She added in some edible dinosaur rocks.edible-dinosaur-rocks

If you want to get fancy and have the coolest cake ever, add this pocket volcano and waaah-laaaah!

This is a great project for your birthday boy or girl to help with so he or she can help to truely customize the creation. it. The most important rule to making this cake is...have fun!

CAKE TOPPERS

Cake toppers magically transform a basic cake into a dino-mite creation. Choose from Dinosaur Train, Dinosaur Pals and Classic Dinosaur.

Simply bake your cake, let cool and add the topper! It's as easy as pie...but it's cake!

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SHAPED DINOSAUR CAKE

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This is a great cake option for not a lot of dough!

Bake up your favorite cake from scratch or a mix and bake in this dino-pan according to the directions.

Decorate with Wilton Cake Decorating Supplieswilton-cake-supplies.


CUPCAKES

Cupcakes are fun and easy to make and to eat so be sure to serve some up at your party.

Add dinosaur rings, dinosaur toys, dinosaur sprinkles and even edible dinosaur rocksedible-dinosaur-rocks to frosted cupcakes for loads of fun in every bite! Here are some of our favorite Dinosaur Cupcake ideas:





DINOSAUR PARTY BEVERAGES

Quench the roaring thirst of your little guests with these dino drinks.

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PALENTOLOGIST PUNCH

1 small can of frozen lemonade concentrate

2 cups of clear carbonated beverage

4 cups of apple juice

Dinosaur gummy candies (can be frozen)

In a large punch bowl, stir all of the liquid ingredients together then add the candies and serve immediately.


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SMOKIN' STEGOSAURUS DRINK

1 carton of lime sherbet

1 liter of ginger ale

2 cups apple juice

dry ice and cheese cloth

Just before serving, empty the sherbet into a punch bowl.

Add the ginger ale and apple juice and stir gently.

Carefully wrap dry ice in cheese cloth and lower into the punch.

NOTE: AN ADULT MUST SERVE THIS DRINK. CONTACT OR INGESTION OF DRY ICE IS VERY DANGEROUS. SUPERVISE AT ALL TIMES!



DINO-MITE PUNCH WITH ICE AGE ICE RING

Make up some Dino-mite Punch with a really cool twist, an Ice Age Ice Ring! Simply combine these ingredients:

46 ounces of pineapple juice (non-concentrate)

2 liters of lemon-lime carbonated soda

1/2 cup of sugar

1 quart of chilled water

2 packages lemon-lime, lemon or green apple Kool-Aid

Stir gently. Add the ice ring just before serving.

ICE RING

Fill a bunt pan with water to whatever thickness you want your ring to be. Add plastic toy dinosaurs and makesure there is enough water to cover the dinosaurs. Freeze for 3-4 hours or longer until completely frozen. Run lukewarm water over the bottom while holding the top of the ring with your hands then transfer to the punch, decorated side up.

Check out this cool dinosaur ice mold! Talk about fossil-iced!



ICE BREAKERS

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Ice Breakers are games played to help the children get aquainted and feel comfortable at the party. We always play one or two at the beginning to warm up cold feet from the start so even shy guests can loosen up and have a great time.

We always throw in more Ice Breakers during the party too because the children enjoy them so much. Here are some of our favorite Dinosaur Theme Ice Breakers.


WE ARE THE DINOSAURS

As the guests arrive, play the song "We Are the Dinosaurs"we-are-the-dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band. Pass around a large toy dinosaur and let each player say his or her name and what they would like best if they were a dinosaur.


TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

Have each child tell three things about dinosaurs, two things that are true and one thing that is not. Let the rest of the players guess which things are true and which is a lie.

RAPATOR RELAY

The Rapator were among the most feared of all dinosaurs. They were huge bird-like meat-eaters. A Rapator has stolen all the dinosaur eggs. Before the party, hide several dozen "dinosaur eggs" filled with goodies. Divide the group into two teams and have them hunt for eggs. The group that gets the most wins.


GAMES

YOUNGER CHILDREN

MUSICAL CHAIRS

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Prior to the game, line up alternate facing chairs, one less than the number of children playing.

For the music, we recommend "We Are the Dinosaurs" by Laurie Berkley or the Theme Song to Dinosaur Train is another good one.

For the game, the players move round the chairs while the music is playing. When the music stops they have to sit down on a free chair, the player without a chair is out. Take away one chair each time, repeat until you have two players and one chair the one to sit down first is the winner.


DINO, DINO, WHERE'S YOUR BONE "MASK"ERADE

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Play this game like the old "Doggie, Doggie, Where's Your Bone?" classic.

Pick a player to play the part of the dinosaur. Let him or her pick a dinosaur mask to wear. He or she will sit in a chair with their back to the others.

Place a dog bone treat under the chair to be the dinosaur bone. While the dinosaur is turned around with his or her eyes closed someone sneaks up and steals the bone and then hides it somewhere on his person. Then everyone sings: Dino, Dino, where's your bone? Somebody's stole it from your home. Guess who it might be you. Then the dinosaur has three chances to guess who took it.

If the dinosaur guesses right then he gets to have another turn. If he guesses wrong than the person who had the bone got a turn as the dinosaur.





OLDER CHILDREN

DINOSAUR RING TOSS

Set up several big plastic dinosaur toys. Let the players toss rings at the dinosaur, trying to land them around the dino's neck. Give each party guest three turns, and whoever makes all three rings go around the dino wins.

OLYMPIC STYLE DINO OBSTACLE COURSE

Let the games begin... You can really play this one up like we did. We had an announcer who called out each player's name as he or she entered the course and made it like the real Olympics as best we could.

Before the party, round up some props like hula-hoops, orange cones, foam pool noodles, pillows, empty boxes of all sizes, plastic crates and of course, all the dinosaur toys you can find.

Whether your party is indoors or outside, you can construct a fun obstacle course. Outside you can even have the players circle around trees and bushes and inside they can go around chairs and such.

Divide the group into two teams and have each team come up with a name. Then show the players the course and what they need to go around or go under or over.

We have the first player on the first team go and then tag the second player on his or her team and so forth so there is only one child on the course at one time. This just makes the game safer.

Time each team and the team that finishes first wins.

Don't forget to give out "gold medals" for performance and sportsmanship as well!

DINOSAUR TRAIN POP AND RACE

This is a really fun game for ages 5 and up! Players pop the dice dome and move pieces around the game board.

Your special dinosaur mover has to get home first to win.

This game comes with a board with dice popper, 16 movers and a label sheet.

It's designed for 2 to 4 players so what we did was set up "game stations" with 5 different board games to choose from and that worked out fantastic!






ALL AGES

PIN THE HEAD ON THE DINOSAUR

All ages love this game, a spin off of the classic "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" game.

This Dinosaur version is fun for all and comes with one game board, one paper blind fold, 2 sticker sheets of 6 stickers each. Each sticker has a spot for the contestants name.

The players take turns being blindfolded and trying to get the dino-tail in the correct spot. Whoever comes the closest wins the game!

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ACTIVITIES



LEAPING LIZARDS FACE PAINTING

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My nephew, Trevor, is showing off his dino-face he got at Jack's party. We have made it a family tradition to hire a face painter, usually a teen who has that artistic nack. Sometimes we just employ the help of a family member to do the honors but however we arrange it, the kids just go head over tails for it!

For those of you who want to do-it-yourself, here's a fantastic Dinosaur Stamp Face Painting Kit dinosaur-face-painting that is so easy...yep, a caveman could do it!

DINOSAUR DIG

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Every Paleontologist looks forward to a good dig!
Let them scoop up some big fun with this fun activity.

Prior to the party, hide toy dinosaurs and treat filled dinosaur eggs in sand. If your party is outdoors, a sandbox or sandy areas are excellent spots for the dig. If your party is indoors, simply fill a large plastic tub or two with play sand and place a large plastic tablecover underneath in case sand spills out (and...it will).

Give each child a small shovel and a treat bag or pail and let the fun begin!


PALEONTOLOGIST PUPPET SHOW

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It doesn't get much better than this for an authentic looking dino-puppet!
In fact, if your group is very young, this big ole T-Rex might scare them so you may want to opt for the Puppet Board Book below.

Set up a puppet theater using a sheet draped over two chairs and you are good to go. Either perform the show yourself or let the children volunteer to take turns puppeteering!

HAND PUPPET BOARD BOOK

This is the cutest little dinosaur book, perfect for little tykes. The colorful character finger puppets interact as you read from the cloth-covered board book attached to the palm of the glove.

The little ones will enjoy not only learning about dinosaurs but colors too!
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CRAFTS

CLOTHESPIN DINOS

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The children really enjoyed this craft. Print out pictures of coloring page dinosaurs. They can be all the same or different.

Let the children dobble on some glue and then pass around some green craft sand for each child to pour on the wet glue.

Have the children glue on a googly eye and attach clothespins for dino-spikes. Let them sign their names on their masterpiece.

The projects should be dry by the end of the party and each guest can take his or hers home.

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DINO-PUTTY

You will need:

2 cups of Elmer's glue

1 cup of liquid starch

few drops of food coloring (blue or green is our pick)

plastic eggs, one for each guest (we chose the clear)

Mix the ingredients together and then knead, working the putty mixture as much as possible. The children can take turns kneading.

When the putty reaches the desired texture, let the children break off a nice size ball to play with.

Pass out dinosaur eggs for the children to store the putty in.

This fun craft serves as a bonus party favor as well!


MOSAIC FOAM DINOS

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This easy-to-create mosaic craft kit by Designed 2B Sweet is huge fun! Just peel and stick self adhesive foam pieces to create a dinosaur.

Each kit comes with 772 self-adhesive foam stickers, one 6" x 9" Cardboard background and one tube of glue. They are not expensive at all so you can purchase one for each guest or do as we did and let 2-3 children work on one project. We teamed children up who did not know one another so they could get acquainted. We drew straws to see which child got to take the project home and gave the others a consolation prize.

WANT TO DISCOVER MORE? CLICK HERE FOR MORE GRRRRREAT DINO CRAFTS BY DESIGNED 2B SWEET:

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COSTUMES

Let you child discover the wonder of make-believe when you let him or her dress in these digs! From tot to teen and in between, these fun Dinosaur Costumes will make a good party great!

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Join in the fun yourself with this adult Barney outfit. And don't forget the family pooch!

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PARTY FAVORS

When you've reached the tail end of your party, send them home with a smile. Party favors makes the parting much sweeter!

First, you will want to choose a container to put the favors in like theme boxes, sacks or bags. Or, you can get creative and use dino-decorated sand pails or even a Pith Helmetpith-hat.

Once you have determined what to put the treats in, it's time for the fun part... filling them up!

Birthday in a Box has tons of Dinosaur party favors from water squirting dinos to tatoos, stampers, dinosaur eggs, gummy dino candies and even personalized dinosaur items like buttons and stickers.

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Dinosaur eggs with expanding Dinos inside, packages of Dino-gummy candies, prehistoric theme coloring books, Dinosaur masks, mini containers of green play-dough, and anything else sproting the terrible lizzards are great additions to the mix.

Wrap up your party favor handouts with something really sweet...candy bars with a tale to tail... personalized "thank-you" candy wrappers! Check em out! dinosaur-candy-wrappers


We found a good bit of our Dinosaur Party Favors at Amazon. Here are some of our favorites:




If you are pressed for time, you can opt for pre-filled goodie bags or boxes like these sets below.

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TRIED AND TRUE TIPS

When Jack decided he wanted a Dinosaur Party, we all went to our attics to see what treasures we could dig up that would work with the theme.

Of course, being dinosaurs, green would be in the color scheme and I had cleaned out the bargain bin after St. Patricks' Day one year and had green party napkins, plate, cups and even table covers.

Kim had caught a clearance sale after Christmas and had plenty of green balloons, serving dishes and even more plates and napkins. My sister, Linda (Kim's Mother), had oodles and gobs of plastic Easter Eggs we converted to dinosaur eggs.

We pulled out all of Jack's dinosaur toys, added some Dinosaur Theme party supplies from places like Birthday in a Box, grabbed some Shindigz decorations and bought some special splurge items and we were set.

You never know what party theme your youngster might choose next birthday, so grab all the post holiday sale items you can when you come across them. Pinch those pennies and throw a party that looks like you spent a million!




MAKE A MEMORY

There you have it, our Dinosaur Party in an egg shell, a dinosaur egg shell, that is. We make this party so easy, a caveman can do it so you can relax, curl your tail up and enjoy making memories because when it's all said and done...making memories is what it's all about!


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