Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dinosaur Bash

My baby boy turned FOUR! He requested a Dinosaur Party, and I was so excited to host a little party for his friends at our house.

We didn't forget his birthday pancakes for breakfast...

Here is the invite...

When each child arrived, I adorned them with a dinosaur party hat, complete with spikes. (One little girl said she wanted a "girl hat" so I tied a little ribbon into a bow and glued it on the front of hers.)

And after everyone arrived, we started lunch. I made up two signs... for two different types of dinosaurs.

And my favorite part, was the swamp juice (just koolaid with dry ice). However, the dry ice totally cracked my dish! I'm not sure what I would put in the bottom to protect it next time, but it would be worth researching.

If you're interested, here's a copy:

Here is an alternate link to download the file: Dino Party Printables

Then it was time for cake and ice cream. I this cake on pinterest, and I loved the trees, so I replicated them in green and added a few plastic dinosaurs to the top. Harvey loved it (and it was so easy!)

After eating, we headed outside to search for dinosaur eggs! I bought a whole bunch of mini dinosaurs and put several into Easter eggs.  The kids were super excited!

Then, using a few of the dinosaurs that "hatched", we made our own fossils. Each child squished clay into the bottom of their dish then "stamped" the side of a couple dinosaurs into the clay. We then filled the dishes with Plaster of Paris.

It's kind of hard to see in the picture, but once we peeled the clay off, it looked like real dinosaurs were fossilized (for an older crowd you might try to find dinosaur skeletons to stamp). 

While we waited for our fossils to dry, we headed outside again for another game: Dinosaur Stomp. This time, I told the kids they were like a mommy or daddy dinosaur and they had to protect their little dinosaur egg (a balloon we tied onto their ankle). The goal was to stomp on everyone else's egg, but don't let your egg pop!

I had them start of the game by giving their loudest dinosaur ROAR!

Then they were off. I know these pictures are terrible. I wasn't thinking about settings during the game.. but I have to post them to show how funny this game was. Everyone pretty much ran around like crazy, popping each other's balloons.

We let them keep playing if their balloon popped (although if the kids were older I might have made them sit out). But then it was down to one, and all the kids totally cornered him and popped it together. I thought it was hilarious, but that kid didn't. I had to cheer him up by telling him he won the game! 

Then it was time to open gifts. Harvey got lots of cool dinosaur goodies!

When the party was over I sent the kids home with a goodie bag including: candy rocks, a couple of green gumballs, the plastic dinosaurs they had gathered from the eggs, and the fossil they had made.

We had such a great time! I can't wait to host another one.

Later that night, my mom wanted to take Harvey on the mall train again. He was a happy camper.

Here are my 4 favorite things about Harvey:

1. He is fun. He knows how to have a good time, and include others.

2. He has a great sense of humor. He is starting to get old enough to say funny things on purpose, and I love it. He makes me laugh often.

3. He is sweet. Especially to his little sister, Avery. She loves him, and I hope their friendship will always stay close.

4. He has a great imagination. He is always conjuring up some fun scenario for he and his friends to play make believe. Not to mention the stories he tells me!

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