Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas

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Let The Raptors Be Rapt And The Saurasus Soar,
These  Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas 
 Are Rex-citing For Sure

A dinosaur themed birthday party is one of my favorite kids birthday party themes, especially for the boys. It never seems to go out of fashion which is just as well considering the age of the dinosaurs!

 Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas - Invitations

Your invitations could go something like this:

Calling all Dinosaur Explorers
X is invited to the land of the Dinosaurs on (date)
Be prepared to dig them bones, hunt those eggs and to have a MEAGASAURUS fun time
REX-plorers should meet at (name of party host) cave at 
(place of party)

  • Dinosaur Footprint Invites
    Write the dinosaur theme party invites on large dinosaur footprints cut out from craft paper. Roll up and tie with a piece of parcel string or straw.
  • Dinosaur Egg Invites
    Pop the invites in large plastic eggs that have a center opening or make eggs out of papier maché. Inside each egg, put the invite and a small dinosaur sticker or toy.
  • Dinosaur Invite
    Use a dinosaur template to trace out the birthday party invite. Get the party child to color them in and write the dinosaur theme party instructions on the reverse.

 Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas - Costumes

Making your own dinosaur costume can be quite a challenge. However one easy tip is to make elements of a dinosaur rather than the whole thing. So you could for instance:

  • Take a green hoodie and sew on a vertical row of colored felt triangles to represent the dinosaur scales. Start from the top of the hood and sew them all the way down the back of the hoodie.
  • Make dinosaur feet out of old green wellington boots. Cut out white stick on tape to resemble claws and stick to the front toe area of the boots.
  • Make a dinosaur head out of a green baseball hat. Cut out some triangle shaped teeth from strong white card and staple them around the peak of the hat and so that they hang down. Stick a pair of eyes onto the front of the cap and perhaps glue on some felt triangles down the back of the hat to represent scales.
  • If making a costume sounds a bit too much work, then how about these ultra cool ideas:

 Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas - Decorations

  • Cut out dinosaur footprints from brown parcel paper and make a footprint path from your gate or front door to the party room.
  • Cover the table with a brown cloth and place large rocks, green plants and plastic dinosaurs among the party food.
  • Using permanent marker pens or acrylic paint, make dinosaur balloons!. Decorate large balloons with eyes, circular nostrils and a row of zigzag teeth.
  • Draw large dinosaurs on craft paper stuck to the walls.
  • Make the Dinosaur theme party room resemble a cave or swamp. Place large rocks or cardboard boxes around the room on which you have painted caveman signs. Hang loads of green streamers from the ceiling and cover furniture with green or brown cloths.
  • Make a large cave entrance to your house out of cardboard and have a GIANT LIFELIKE T-REX standing guard. NB He is a bit scary for younger kids!
If you want some cool dinosaur table decorations then this might be just the thing. Scary stuff!
Dino Blast Deluxe Party Pack Dino Blast Deluxe Party Pack Kit

Dino Blast Deluxe Party Pack Dino Blast Deluxe Party Pack Kit

Our Dino Blast Deluxe Party Pack (for 8 guests) features a T-Rex bursting through the dinner plates while a hoard of dinosaurs gather on the lunch napkins.

 Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas - Food

Try and give the birthday party food dinosaur related names. So you could have:

  • Dino-Dogs: Sausages in long rolls
  • Fossil chips: Potato chips
  • Brontosaurus Burgers: Mega beef burgers
  • Dinosaur Nuggets: Chicken Nuggets
  • Lava Juice: Any red fruit juice. 
  • Dinosaur Popcorn: Prepare individual cups of popcorn for each child and place a small plastic dinosaur at the bottom of each cup before filling with popcorn. NB: Warn the kids to eat carefully!
  • Jurassic Jiggles: Using plastic egg halves or real egg shells that have been emptied and cleaned, insert a small edible dinosaur and then fill with Jell-O. Place the eggs carefully in an egg carton and leave to set in the refrigerator. The kids can either peel off the egg shell (if using real eggs) or you can dip the plastic part of the egg for a few seconds in hot water and then carefully remove the Jell-O egg.
  • Volcano cake: Prepare a basic chocolate cake using a packet cake mix or my all-in-one cake recipe and bake in a doom shaped cake tin. When cool, drizzle with red frosting to resemble lave and place a couple of sparklers on top.

 Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas - Games & Activities

For some really exciting party games and activities such as Feed T-Rex, Dinosaur egg toss, 

 Kids Dinosaur Party Ideas - Favors and Prizes

Make archaeological dinosaur theme party kits out of small cardboard boxes such as party food boxes instead of the usual favor bags. Fill with items such as compass, paint brushes, small shovel, magnifying glass, dinosaur trinkets and games.

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