Looking for a great party theme for your kids? Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs is screaming Dinosaur Party Ideas! Let the Archeologist in you free while you come up with some great Jurassic party ideas.
Dinosaur parties are lots of fun and there are plenty of party food ideas and fun games for you to arrange. You can even make a homemade Dinosaur cake and decorate it yourself.
What's Ice Age 3 About?
Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third Ice Age kids movie and it is due out in July of 2009. It will be a popular movie and birthday party theme for kids. The Ice Age crew is back again.
Scrat looking for, and finally finding, his nut. Manny and Ellie who are awaiting the birth of their mini mammoth, Diego the Saber Tooth Tiger wonders whether or not he is too old. Sid the Sloth, in wanting to form his own family, takes some Dinosaur eggs, which leads him into a little trouble.
The entire gang goes to rescue Sid and run into even more adventures along the way. They not only find an underground world, meet up with Dinosaurs, and along the way they meet Buck, who is a one-eyed Dinosaur hunting Weasel. Let's see how they get out of this one in July when the movie is released to the theatres!
Make Dinosaur Name Tags
You can make Dinosaur name tags for each guest. Cut construction paper in the shapes of different Dinosaurs or in the shape of Dinosaur footprints. You can use the names of the characters in Ice Age: 3
Or you can write the names of different Dinosaurs on them. Some ideas for names are:
Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex)
Or you can give them names of other prehistoric animals like:
Kids Dinosaur Party Game Ideas
But until then you can still use Ice Age 3 as a fun kids birthday party theme. It's quite easy to plan the games. Dinosaur Hunt is a fun party game for kids and it's easy for Moms to set up. Get Plastic Eggs and put some rubber or plastic dinosaurs in them, or get some Dinosaur Gummy candy. Hide the eggs around your house and yard. Let the kids find them. Ideas to fill the eggs are fossils, bones, dinosaur teeth or eggs and anything else that seems like an archeological artifact! Lead them to the site of the excavation...tell them what to look for and let your junior archeologists loose on the Dinosaur remanants waiting to be discovered.
Here are some very unique Dinosaur items that can be a lot of fun at your Dinosaur themed party and I really like. There is a Dinosaur Ice Cube Tray or it could be used as a Dinosaur Jello Tray, that's great! I also really like the Dinosaur Footprint Sandals. The real name for them is Trailin Tracks Animal Footprint Beach Sandals.
Dinosaur Trivia Questions
Get some Dinosaur trivia. Read some interesting facts about these prehistoric creatures to the kids. You can help teach children that it's fun to learn. And I'll bet you learn something new about Dinosaurs along with the kids.
Make Your Own Play Dough
Making your own fossil is a good Dinosaur party activity. It an easy project and you can use several different mediums to make a fossil. Play dough is one of the clay type materials you can use. You can make this mix ahead of time and have it all ready for your guests.
Play Dough Recipe
The ingredients you will need to make your own play dough are:
Flour 1 cup
Salt 1/4 cup
Cream of Tartar 2 teaspoons
Warm Water 1 cup
Oil 1 teaspoon
Mix ingredients and knead until dough is nice and pliable. Make sure it's easy to work with. If you like you can add a couple drops of food coloring to your homemade play dough for some color.
Next: Cook over a low or medium heat. Put your dough in a pan and stir it constantly over a low or medium heat. Your dough will, after a few minutes, begin to look like a ball in the center of your pot. This is when you take it off the heat. When it begins to cool you should knead it for a minute or so until it is nice and smooth. Put it away in your plastic bags or air-tight containers and store in the refrigerator.
You might want to mix several batches of this play dough recipe and make each one a different color.
Make Your Own Fossil
You can also look online to see other sites with instructions about making a fossil. It will tell you a little bit about what you will need to make a fossil, but don't worry...it's all very common stuff like a leaf or an acorn! Reach Out Michigan/a> has some good info.
Dino Walk Game
Make a Dino walk. Get a BIG sponge, cut it to make it look like a dino foot. Put some food coloring into a small bucket of water and make some Dinosaur footprints in your yard, along your sidewalk anywhere they look good. You can have your kids march along and follow the footprints. Or you can look at the pictures up above and purchase those really cool Dinosaur footprint sandals!
Dinosaur Relay Race
You can also make different trails in different colors and have a Color Dinosaur Relay Race. Have a couple teams, each with a different color, and have them follow their trail to the end, and back to the start line again. When the first team to complete the task is finished, you've got a winner.
This aluminum Wilton cake pan is shaped like a dinosaur, making it the perfect addition to any dinosaur theme party. Use it to make a dinosaur cake with just one package of cake mix or your favorite cake recipe.
One set of Dinosaurs favors, favor bag, crinkle paper and twist tie.
More Fun Party Games for an Ice Age 3 Dinosaur Party!
Little kids love party games like Freeze Dancing and Musical Chairs. You can give these classic, fun party games a little twist and make them Dinosaur Games! Freeze Dance to the music of Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaur or some other rocking Dino music. Get those little Dino Lovers dancing...and then stop the music and make them Freeze in place.
Musical Chairs can be twisted into Musical Dinosaur Footprints or The Archeologist Walk. Cut out some Dinosaur Footprints and secure them onto your floor. Make 1 less footprint than you have children.(For example, if you have 5 kids playing, have 4 footprints.) Have the kids walk around the footprints while music is playing. When the music stops, the kids have to stand or sit on a footprint to remain in the game. Each round one set of dinosaur footprints is removed, until only one Archeologist (child) remains.
The great thing about old, classic party games is they are fun! Kids like to play them and it's easy to twist them into whatever theme you want them to fit.
Party Decorations For Your Ice Age 3 Dinosaur Party
Party decorations are a big part of your theme birthday party ideas. But...you don't have to overdo it. Kids love decorations and balloons but they don't need to be overstimulated. A few decorations and balloons will be all you need to make your kids birthday party the coolest event of the season to these young dino seekers!
Ice Age Party supplies can be found at Celebrate Express and you can find lots of great Dinosaur party favor ideas at Oriental Trading Company. You can find plastic Dinosaurs, Dinosaur eggs, and Dinosaur craft kits you can use as a party activity. Let your party guests make a dinosaur craft and then bring it home as a party favor!
Some Dino Craft Ideas for a dinosaur birthday party are:
Dino-Mite dinosaur sand art kits
Dinosaur Metal Stamps
Paint Your Own Dinosaur
Dinosaur Temporary Tattoos
Dinosaur Puzzle in an Egg
Design Your Own Dinosaur Windchimes
Oriental Trading Company has a set of jumbo inflatable Dinosaurs...6 different kinds of Dinos...on sale right now for only 9.99. I don't know how long the sale will last, so get yours now if you are interested!
You should check out the Dinosaur gliders too. Kids love them!
How about a Dinosaur Pinata? It's a great party activity and kids really enjoy breaking the pinata open and grabbing up all the goodies that fall out. You can find pinatas at Oriental Trading, or you might try Pinatas.com to see who has just the right pinata for your kids birthday party.
So whether you get Grow a Dinosaur or Dinosaur stickers and tattoos your child's birthday party guests will have a special fun day and a little something to go home with. If you'd like to send them home with a little something extra you should print out some Free Dinosaur coloring pages. Oriental Trading Company has little boxes of crayons that are inexpensive. Add them together with your Dino coloring sheets and you've just made a wholesale party favor! Best of all, the kids will really enjoy getting this special treat to take home.
Dinosaur Birthday Cake Ideas For Your Ice Age 3 Party
Now let's get to the best part of any party...the Birthday cake! Of course you're going to want a Dinosaur cake. If you order one from the bakery, you are going to spend a small fortune on it. What else can you do? Make it yourself! You can bake a cake and decorate it. It's easy even if you're not a cake decorator.
All you need to decorate like a pro is a cake topper. A cake topper is a plastic set that you put right on top of your cake. (or cupcakes!) Toppers make cake decorating easy as PIE! You can also buy personalized, edible cake toppers or edible candy cake toppers. You can find these at The Party Works, Celebrate Express or you can buy theme shaped candles to use on top of your homemade frosted cake. I know that Oriental Trading Company has a cute set of dinosaur shaped candles for under a dollar each. Not bad considering you've just save 50.00 by making your own cake!
Dinosaur Party Food For Your Ice Age 3 Party Ideas
So you've got games, goodies, favors and some fun party activities...what about some party food ideas? If you want your party food to be a big hit, but don't have a big budget?
Get a dinosaur toast stamp! Make grilled sandwiches with a dino on each one. You can also cut your bread in a dino shape.
How about Dinosaur eggs? Make hard boiled eggs, crack the shells a little and set them into a bowl with water and some food coloring. Leave them in the bowl for 10 minutes. Crack one open to check how the color has taken.
Make some Bone Cookies. Make some cookies and use a bone shaped or a dinosaur shaped cookie cutter to make some interesting shapes...then just bake.
You can serve Chicken Nuggets and call them dinosaur eggs
Add a veggie tray
Some Macaroni and Cheese
Kids enjoy this kind of party menu, and it's easy for you to prepare. Macaroni and Cheese is one of the easiest meals to prepare, and Kids love it!
Free Dinosaur Coloring Pages
A fun party activity for kids is coloring. All you need are some crayons and some Free Dinosaur coloring pages. The good news is you can print these Dinosaur coloring pages right from your computer...and they are Free!