April’s theme “Jurassic Pack” will have Cub Scouts everywhere exploring the wonderful world of prehistoric dinosaurs! Here are some great ideas from PartyLand to get you started:
Décor Ideas for your Jurassic Pack Night:
➢ Cut out large dinosaur footprints from black trash bags and tape them in a path leading up to your house. These are waterproof, not slippery and easy to cut many at once!
➢ Trim your trees before the Jurassic Pack Meeting and use the cuttings for decorations.
➢ Tape brown poster paper on one wall or door of the room where the party will be taking place. Have the scouts mark their handprints and draw dinosaurs or fossils on the paper. This will help with the party decoration and add a prehistoric ambience to the room!
➢ Decorate the food table with large rocks, green plants and all sorts of other dinosaur paraphernalia.
Carnivore and Herbivore Cuisine:
➢ PB&J-Asaurus: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made into the shape of dinosaurs with cookie cutters
➢ Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets: Available at the frozen food section of many large supermarkets
➢ Dinosaur Bones: Pretzel sticks
➢ Chicken Wings: For the meat eaters
➢ Vegetable Tray: For the plant eaters
➢ Brontosaurus Burgers
➢ Dino Dogs
➢ Fossil Fries: Potato chips
➢ Dinosaur Animal Crackers
➢ Dino eggs: Hard-boil eggs. After they cool, gently crack the shell all over, but don’t remove the shell. Place the cracked eggs in a small bowl containing 3 cups of cool water and kool-aid mix (to give the egg color). Then cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight. On the day of the party, remove the eggshells and the egg will look like it has cracks all over it!
➢ TIP: Put small signs on each food item to make sure everyone knows that they are munching on real Jurassic foods!
➢ Liquid Lava: Red punch with orange sherbet
➢ Swamp Slurp: Sprite with green food coloring
➢ TIP: Add pop-rocks to the “Swamp Slurp” just as you serve to create an awesome bubbling effect!
➢ Lava Jell-O (red) or Swamp Water Jell-o (green)
➢ TIP: Place washed plastic dinosaurs into the Jell-o mix before letting it set. (Make sure it’s large enough not to be a choking hazard.)
➢ Ice Age Popsicles: Make your own using Popsicle molds or small paper cups. Pour in juice (something light colored like lemonade) and add dinosaur gummies or candies to each Popsicle. Cover with plastic wrap, poke craft wooden sticks through the plastic for Popsicle handles, and freeze overnight. When the popsicles are frozen peel off the paper.
➢ Dinosaur Shaped Cookies
Fun Fossil Favors:
PartyLand has many fun, inexpensive dinosaur items! Dinosaur gliders, candy bones, giant bones, mini dinosaurs, dinosaur pencils, neon dinosaurs, pith helmets, binoculars, build your own 3-D dinosaur puzzles, excavate your own dinosaur games and nearly every other imaginable dinosaur item! Find them in any of our stores or order them HERE!
Jurassic Pack Games:
Hot Dinosaur Egg (similar to hot potato)
Everyone stands in a circle. One scout is handed a dinosaur egg (a water balloon or a real egg). The music starts and the dinosaur egg is passed to the next player. When the music stops the person holding the egg is extinct. Continue playing until there is only one scout left.
All you need is a caveman’s club and a prehistoric piñata for loads of fun! Piñatas are a great way to get everyone excited! Dinosaur piñatas and all the prehistoric goodies to fill them with can be found at PartyLand!
Dino Egg Stomp
In this dinosaur game, everyone has a dinosaur egg (balloon) tied around each ankle. The object of the game is to pop everyone else’s dinosaur eggs while keeping your own safe.
Brontosaurus, Brontosaurus, T-Rex (similar to Duck, Duck, Goose)
All players form a small circle and sit down on the floor. One person is it and he walks around the outside of the circle, touching the other’s heads saying “Brontosaurus”, “Brontosaurus”, “Brontosaurus”, until he comes to the person whom he wants to chase him, he calls “T-Rex”. The T-Rex chases the player around the circle and the one who reaches the space first sits down, the other one becomes “it”.
What You Need:
➢ 2 and 1/2 cups flour
➢ 2 and 1/2 cups of dirt
➢ 1 cup sand
➢ 1 and 1/2 cups of salt
➢ Small plastic toy dinosaurs (available at ParytLand stores or order HERE)
What You Do:
1. To make the dough, mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, dirt, salt and sand).
2. Gradually stir in enough water so that the mix holds together.
3. Shape handfuls of dough around small plastic dinosaurs in egg shapes.
4. Allow 4 days for eggs to dry.
5. When dry. Hide the eggs in the garden and have the scouts search for them.
6. Once all the eggs are gathered they can be opened with a hammer or rock.
Dino Egg Blow
Divide the Scouts into two teams. Place each team on one side of a table opposite of each other. Place a cotton ball on the table and pretend it is a dinosaur egg. The object of the game is to blow the egg off the opposing team’s side of the table. Players cannot use their hands in any way.
Dinosaur Egg Roll
Mark a starting point and a finishing point. Divide children into two teams. Gather one plastic egg for each team. The children must roll the egg using only their noses.
Dino Egg Toss
Line up partners in two rows facing each other. All those on one side in the first row toss a raw egg to everyone on the other side in the second row. After each successful catch, the players step backward, adding to the difficulty of the next catch. Repeat until all but one egg is broken. The pair with the last unbroken egg wins.
Make your own Erupting Volcano!
Making a volcano should be part of everyone’s childhood!
TIP: Check out this video for easy step-by-step instructions!
Here are the few basic items you’ll need to make a volcano:
➢ A large plastic tub (baby bathtub or storage container)
➢ Dirt or sand
➢ A cylindrical container like a plastic bottle
➢ Baking soda
➢ Warm water
➢ Dishwashing liquid
➢ Red and/or Yellow food coloring
Build the volcano around the bottle. Then pour about a cup of warm water into the bottle, add a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, around 1/4 cup baking soda and a few drops of food coloring. To create the reaction, you pour vinegar inside the bottle and the fluid spews out.
Give each participant a plastic cup filled with baking soda. Let one pour the baking soda into the volcano and then add the red vinegar over the baking soda. This creates an awesome eruption with lava spewing all over!
TIP: Have extra baking soda and vinegar on hand – everyone will want to do it again and again!
Make your own Dino Soap!
What you need:
➢ 3 tablespoons hot water
➢ Plastic dinosaurs from PartyLand
➢ 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin mix
➢ Small bowl
➢ Wooden spoon
➢ Cookie cutter
➢ 15-20 drops food coloring (choose your favorite color)
➢ 1/3 cup liquid bubble bath
➢ Large plastic margarine container
➢ Wax paper
1. Combine the hot water with the gelatin in a bowl and stir until gelatin dissolves.
2. Add food coloring and bubble bath.
3. Pour the mix into a margarine container.
4. Drop the plastic dinosaurs in the mix.
5. Refrigerator for 1 hour.
6. When hardened, remove from container.
7. Use cookie cutters to make shapes around the dinosaurs.
Dino Word Search
Print off this fun Dino Word Search!
These dino-mite jokes will have your troop roaring with laughter!
What do you call a dinosaur that eats automobiles?
What do you call a dinosaur that spends all day contemplating the meaning of life?
Tyrannosaurus Rex who?
Tyrannasuruswrecks the house!
Have fun and please let us know if you have more great ideas by posting a comment below!