Watch out for the T-Rex!
Cut out large palm tree leaves from construction paper and hang up pictures of scary-looking dinosaurs. The bigger the pictures the better!
Cut out dinosaur footprints from brown craft paper to tape to the floor. You can even start the footprints outside, trailing up the walkway into the house.
You Have Been Warned
Make signs out of construction paper to put by your front door reading, DANGER: DINO X-ING or NO TRESPASSING: TRICERATOPS DIG or DINO HUNT STARTS HERE.
Rock the House
Make boulders by wrapping balloons with paper-maché. Paint them in shades of brown and gray. Once they're painted and dry you can draw "fossils" on them with markers.
Tape a large sheet of brown craft paper along a wall and give the kids red and black crayons. Then let each take a turn at making caveman drawings that tell a story without words. At the end of the party you can put the mural in a time capsule to open up next year.
The Knee Bone's Connected to the Shin Bone
Following a side view drawing of a simple dinosaur skeleton, sketch each bone shape onto white poster paper, then cut out the bones and spread them around the room or the yard. Let the kids gather the bones then reconstruct the skeleton on the floor like a giant puzzle, using the drawing as a guide. You may want to keep the backbone and tail bones as one piece. Once the puzzle is finished you can tape it together and hang it from a tree or on a wall.
Dig for Dinos
Hide lots of miniature plastic dinosaurs in a sandbox. The kids then take turns using shovels to dig around for dinos, and the one who finds the most wins. After each person's turn, put the dinosaurs back so everyone will have an equal chance.
Blow up several balloons and place in a pile, then surround with leaves and foliage to create a dino nest. The guests take turns running to the nest to collect as many eggs as they can and carry them back to the other side of the room or yard. But they have to hurry--mother dino will be back soon! Each player has only thirty seconds, and the one who carries back the most eggs wins a prize.
- A small pail and shovel. Fill with dinosaur egg candy, dino-shaped gummy candy and dino stickers or tattoos.
- Fill a plastic baggie with the bone-shaped cookies.
Not all activities or party ideas are recommended for all ages. For the safety of all in attendance, no party should be held without adult supervision.
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