It could be hard for Mums and Dads to keep up with the busy social lives of the young charges if they arrive at school age. For many there is the almost weekly ordeal of having to take their children to a classmate’s birthday party. With class sizes oftentimes exceeding 30 pupils, there can be a party to attend every weekend and then needless to say you’re faced with the process of reciprocating when it’s your child’s birthday. However, help is at hand as with the assistance of my colleagues, a few of whom actually study fossils and dig up dinosaurs, we could hopefully, give some tips to simply help ensure a dinosaur themed party is a roaring success. We all know just how much of difficult organising a children’s party can be. However, we could help when it comes to a dinosaur themed birthday party, hopefully taking out a few of the strain and worry.
Dinosaurs and prehistoric animals are universally popular with young children. Indeed, the Order Dinosauria seemingly have captured the imagination of people almost from its inception in early 1840’s by the anatomist Sir Richard Owen. As a teacher, I have already been able to blend in dinosaurs into a variety of teaching activities and with only a little imagination the kinds of exercises carried out in the classroom can be adapted to simply help spark young children’s imaginations at a dinosaur themed birthday party.
Choosing inexpensive Dinosaur Models as Party Gifts
A cheap range of plastic dinosaur models may be used to fill in the party gift bag, but why don’t you take a while to consider the model selection and then involve the young party goers in an enjoyable to play party game to simply help them “earn” the best to take a plastic dinosaur home. what dinosaur has 500 teeth There are a wide variety of model series to select from nowadays, most stores have packs of inexpensive models in varying shades and colours. However, as opposed to purchase a group, try to see if you can find any presented in a box, so that you can handle them. Thus giving you the ability to try them out, to see if they really stand up. Beware the bipedal (two-footed) dinosaur models, many of the cheaper sets have bipedal dinosaur models that don’t actually operate on their own two feet (as it were). Bipedal dinosaurs include popular prehistoric animals this type of Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor and it would have been a shame to have to give an event goer a dinosaur model that really doesn’t stand up. We refer to these as tipsy dinosaurs, but when unsure in regards to what would work best for your young charges, select four-footed animals (quadrupeds), these tend to be a lot more stable and are very unlikely to fall over.
The truth is, palaeontologists still marvel at how large Theropods (bipedal, meat-eaters such as Tyrannosaurus rex), could run around and generally support their great bulk whilst walking on their toes (digitigrade stance), this is among the mysteries of the Order Dinosauria. The structure of the ankle bones in a dinosaur is among the main distinguishing characteristics, between dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles. A strong joint between the foot bones and the bones of the hind leg is a key feature of dinosaurs and this foot/limb configuration gave these creatures a distinct advantage when compared to the locomotive abilities of other primeval reptile groups.
No matter what your reason for selecting a particular range of prehistoric animal models, these inexpensive items may be used as the foundation for a simple to organise and fun to produce dinosaur game. Why not send your young party goers on their own dinosaur hunt?
Organising a Dinosaur Party Game – A Dinosaur Hunt
Rather than giving only a little prehistoric animal away in your party goody bag, why don’t you help the young palaeontologists to burn up some energy and have the fun of finding their own dinosaur model to get hold of? Hide the models so that every child at the party can have a spin at hunting their own dinosaur.
This game can be adapted to be played either outdoors in indoors; we do appreciate that sometimes the weather can dash the best-laid plans of the house party planner.
When we play this game, we make a note of where we’ve hidden this model and then write the name of the prehistoric animal on an item of paper with an idea as to where in fact the dinosaur could be lurking. All the papers are folded up and put into a box, a hat or some other handy container. The dinosaur party host is a very willing helper, assisting with the writing out of the names, identifying the animals using one of many ubiquitous dinosaur books generally in most young people’s collections and even helping theme up the box using stickers and dinosaur drawings. The young dinosaur fan will no doubt provide plenty of expert opinion on dinosaur “dos and don’ts” ;. It is amazing just how much knowledge children can absorb, especially should they like the subject matter.
Each child then takes it subsequently to pick an item of paper out of the hat, they study the name of the dinosaur and the clue and off they go to use and find their prehistoric animal. The adult supervising the experience can provide some assistance and advice but this activity is fantastic to simply help the young dinosaur fans burn up some energy because they run around trying to be the first to ever round up their dinosaur. Once they have retrieved their model, they go back to the adult with the box or hat that were filled with the names and try to pronounce the name of the prehistoric animal in question. Pronunciation guides are available in the glossary section on most children’s dinosaur books and the pictures provided can allow you to identify the prehistoric animals represented by the models.
After the young budding palaeontologist has located their prehistoric animal they could have a spin at pronouncing the name. Then it’s merely a case of putting the prehistoric model to the party gift bag or gift box so that when the party is over they could take it home. Make sure to check that every child features a labelled goody bag, it wouldn’t do to combine up the dinosaur models only at that stage. Most quality gift bags have a name tag section, where each recipients name can be written clearly. You can always print off some dinosaur pictures form the numerous web site resources and use these as innovative name tags for your party goody bags.
The game is simple to set up, works really well if you can go outside to the yard or garden and helps children consume some of the energy before tucking to the birthday tea. It fits to the dinosaur theme and is of fun to play. We especially like the thought of to be able to mix in a little learning regarding dinosaur models the child has “discovered” – slipping in a little science and educational material with no children realising it. If young kids can spend playtime with science because they play then this must be described as a good idea.