I have great memories of doing tea parties and kid's campouts and snow nights growing up, and I guess that's just something I love passing on to the younger kids in our group.
I thought dinosaurs were a cool theme, and I am concerned that some of our students only hear that they came around through evolution. I really believe that God created them, along with everything else, and wanted to share that with the kids.
I spent some time looking up articles and information on dinosaurs before the party. It got a little hairy, since a lot of scientists like to argue back and forth on who's right and who's wrong and throw names around, and I didn't find a lot of easy facts.
I also found this great book at our library, and picked some of their games and crafts to do.
Here are some pictures of what we did Sunday afternoon....thanks to the wonderful help of Keren (couldn'tve done it without her! Thanks Keren!) and Mathew.
We decorated our living room like a jungle...complete with vines and monkies and grapes (?) !
We left some dinosaur footprints around....
Blew up some "Dinosaur Eggs" with baby dinosaurs inside.
Colored some wall art.
When the kids came, we started with a Egg Hatching relay race.
Next we "grew" some dinosaurs in water. (Expandable sponges)
We frosted dinosaur cookies.
We made dinosaur terreriums.
We read the Creation story from our Bibles and also the verses about the Behemoth and Leviathon. We talked about what might have happened to them, and also that I believe they lived at the same time as humans.
We made pizzas and ate edible rocks.
And we made fossils with shell imprints.
Two of the parents stayed around for the party, and mid-way through, 3 of our friends stopped by spur-of-the-moment. In all, I think we had 15 people for the afternoon!