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Are you wondering how to host your little paleontologist’s dinosaur party? Such party ideas include dinosaur-themed food, party favors, and roar-tastic activities that will teleport your kid straight to the Jurassic Park world! This is one of those adventures they won’t forget in a lifetime.
Did you know your kid’s dinosaur obsession has several benefits? Children with keen and intense interests can lead to a profound attention span, improved information-processing skills, and greater persistence.
In the end, what better way to push and encourage your kid’s love of dinosaurs than with some dino-mite party ideas? If you are thinking about initiating the plan, keep reading for your kid to have a roaring good time.Throw a dinosaur birthday party that all the kids will love, here are our planning tips and party ideas! Click To Tweet
Dinosaur Party Decorations Printables and More
Start by covering the service station with a fabric tablecloth. For table elements, pick plates, napkins, and cups with striped orange straws and matching utensils.
To add a finesse touch, you can even hang a dinosaur party garland on one of the walls of your venue and put your printer to good use by taking advantage of dinosaur party printables online.
But, make sure to 3M command hooks or painter’s tape to save your walls.
Dinosaur Party Ideas DIY Activities
Dino Egg Hunt
Fill your plastic eggs with stamps, dinosaur stickers, candy, or toys for larger prizes. Hide eggs all over the yard for guests to participate and find.
Moreover, consider assigning specific egg colors for guests for even prize distribution.
Make Fossil Dinosaur Party Favors
To make fossil party favors, mix ½ cup cold coffee, 1 cup used coffee grounds, ½ cup salt, and 1 cup flour. Divide them into four pieces and flatten the mixture with your hands.
Press sticks, shells, plastic dinosaurs, leaves into the coffee ground dough. Remember, you can even have your guests take them home as a party favor craft.
Mix plaster and pour it into paper milk cartons or old plastic containers. Insert small dinosaur toys and let the mixture dry for children to excavate.
You can even arrange mini hammers for the kids to chip away and discover what’s inside. Just don't forget their eye protection!
Cave People Stomp
For a cave people stomp, blow up all the balloons and attach them to a paper plate with tape. You can add yarn hair, faces, or paper arms to make them appear as cave people.
Optional: You can even make “dinosaur feet” with cardboard and tie them to every player’s shoe before they begin to stomp.
Jurassic Park Themed Food
Baby Pterodactyl Wings
When it comes to food, go with chicken (baby pterodactyl) wings or legs since these can be an ideal crowd-pleaser. Order take-out, make your own, or prepare frozen dinosaur-centric chicken nuggets.
Mini Nacho Volcanoes
For these nachos, use a 12-oz. paper cup (brown) and cut the bottom a half-inch. Place this side up and then place a 5-oz. plastic snack cup within.
Fill the cup with nacho cheese or red salsa and spill a bit of it around the volcano’s edges. After you’re done, serve on a plate surrounded by dinosaur-shaped chips.
The most straightforward version of such a beverage is to purchase Hawaiian Punch Green flavor.
Dinosaur Gifts & Dinosaur Toys
Despite the growth in technology, dinosaurs still hold a special place in children’s hearts.
When you have a dinosaur buff kid, picking the perfect gift becomes a chore. Your child already has more dinosaur knowledge than you know.
Luckily, we have researched and curated the ideal dinosaur gift for your dinosaur-loving child.
Your child is curious about dinosaurs, and they would love to read all they can about it.
There are many benefits to getting a dinosaur book for your child. You can use their interest in dinosaurs to encourage them to read.
Here are some of our favorites:
You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott
This hardcover book teaches kids how paleontologists find, dig up, and put fossils back together.
The host of Dinosaur Train also answers some of the most popular questions kids ask about dinosaurs, like “How do you study dinosaur bones.” and “Are dinosaurs still alive today”.
Do you kids spout dino facts day and night?
If your kiddos love dinosaur facts this small book is filled with hundreds of quick snippets of them. It's mainly a picture book so be prepared to see some neat-looking images with cool facts imposed on them.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
This hardcover book is perfect for early readers. The text is larger and not overly complicated. It offers fun facts and sections the book into dinosaur sizes.
Each new dinosaur you learn about also asks a question to get your kids thinking even more. For example, when they discuss T-Rex, they ask “Can you think of another animal that is a fierce hunter?”
Plus, there's a much-needed pronunciation guide for each dinosaur so parents won't be stumbling as much.
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia
Learn about old favorites and new discoveries all while perusing fantastic illustrations of these amazing creatures. The paper is heavyweight so it can withstand quite a bit of use.
We loved that this book is divided into different color parts which makes finding a particular dinosaur much easier. It's a great book that can grow with your child!
Dino Records: The Most Amazing Prehistoric Creatures Ever to Have Lived on Earth!
This book is filled with colorful illustrations that your kids won't be able to stop looking at.
If your child loves to compete and wants to know about the biggest, baddest dinosaurs this Dino Records book is for them.
This head-to-head species smackdown will have them gleaming from ear to ear and even throws in some games for extra entertainment value.
Jurassic World Alpha Training Velociraptor
As much as you want to buy your kid a toy, you also want to invest in one that can also improve their mental development. The Jurassic World Alpha Training Velociraptor is what you need.
This toy would give your child the thrill of owning a dinosaur and the responsibility of training one.
With this robotic dino toy, your child can use four different modes: training, remote control, complete control, and guard mode. Your child will use these options to command the dinosaur.
In addition, these options will improve your child’s ability to solve problems and think deeply.
The Mega Fossil Dig Kit
The Mega Fossil Dig Kit is perfect for older kids, about 7 to 8 years old. This mock excavation kit comes with a guide book and 15 different dinosaur fossils waiting for your child to dig them out.
Parents who have bought this kit rate it highly for its quality and entertainment capabilities. Also, they feel it will help their children get started on science early.
So, this dinosaur toy isn’t your average toy. It also educates your child about the magnificence of these historic beasts.
5-Piece Jumbo Dinosaur Set
What’s better than getting dinosaur toys for your dinosaur enthusiastic child? Bigger dinosaurs. The five-piece Jumbo Dino Set comes with T-Rex, Giganotosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, and Spinosaurus.
It's easy to add new dinosaurs to this set and give your child, even more, to play with.