Prehistoric party theme
This prehistoric themed party is perfect for the intrepid explorer, the lover of detail, of knowledge, dinosaurs and all things creepy, crawly and fantastic. Here are some ideas

Set the scene

There is lots of gorgeous dino stuff in the shops. A trip to your local toy store will unearth skeletons and fossils and plastic dinos and their eggs. Your own garden will yield some interesting bits and pieces, like logs, bark, leaves and stones. We used ordinary play sand on the table, and dotted it with inexpensive dino goodies.


Get guests into the swing of the dino dig right from the word go by making a themed invitation. We sent a message in the bottle, a simple idea that can be adapted to other party themes, too.

Type up the invitation on computer and print onto transparency or regular paper. Roll it tightly and pop it into the neck of the bottle. It will spring open when you let go, and be readable from the outside.

Add sand, fake bones or other odds and ends if you wish.

An alternative is to attach a paper invitation to one of the “tools of the trade”, like a magnifying glass or a specimen tube.

Party games

Scratch patch

Create a scratch patch in your sandpit, or fill a large basin with sand. Bury the treasure (small plastic dinos and semi-precious stones are a good choice) and let kids dig.

Blackboard games

Write one of those long and complicated dinosaur names, like diplodocus or tyrannosaurus, on a black board or large sheet of paper. Divide the kids into teams and let them see how many different words they can make using the letters in the word. Give a prize for the most words and one for the longest word.

True or false

Read up some strange dinosaur facts and let the children vote on whether they are true or false.

Party gift

Give each child your version of a fossilised dinosaur egg to break open for their gift.

  1. Buy enough small plastic dinosaurs (or other insects and animals) and some egg shaped candle moulds.
  2. Mix up plaster of Paris and add a few handfuls of sand.
  3. Fill the one half of the candle mould with this mixture and set the plastic animal into this half. Allow to set for a few minutes.
  4. Join the two halves of the candle mould together and fill it up with the rest of mix. It will then take about half an hour to set.
  5. Separate the mould carefully to loosen the egg. We gave ours an interesting effect by lining the moulds with fern leaves before filling – the leaves make a pretty impression.

On the day of the party, hide the eggs in the garden and make the egg hunt one of the party games. Each child is allowed to find one egg. Let the children loose with hammers, chisels and other small (not too sharp!) implements to free their own party gifts.

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