When we asked Aedan what he wanted to do for his third birthday, he said he wanted to have a dinosaur party with his cousins. He does like watching Dinosaur Train on PBS, but has had limited exposure to dinosaurs beyond that.
So, one day while Aedan was napping, Emma and I put the Googles to work and hunted for dinosaur birthday party ideas. We both decided that paper mache dinosaur eggs filled with treats would be a fun alternative to a pinata.
- To make our paper mache, we blew up small, round balloons and set them aside. You can place objects inside the balloons before blowing them up if you wish.
- Bring four cups of water to a boil.
- Mix one cup of flour with one cup of water and set aside.
- As the water comes to a boil, pour in the flour/water mixture. Whisk and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Cool until able to handle.
- Cut/tear strips of newspaper into one-inch strips and dip them into the flour paste. Cover the balloon with a thin coat of pasted and strips, let dry. Repeat with a second coat of pasted strips.
- We spray painted our eggs with some khaki and black spray paints used for other projects around the house.
- After the eggs dried, I cut a small flap into the back of the eggs and stuffed them with treats.
I let Emma and Aedan help with the paper mache, and Emma actually did a decent job wrapping the strips tightly and using an appropriate amount of paste. Aedan touched the goop once and started doing his messy-hands flap, then retreated to his tractors in the playroom downstairs.
Emma and I spray painted them in the front yard a few days later, and Aedan saw them as he walked by the front door. “Look!” he exclaimed. “There’s dinosaur poops outside!” We eventually talked him out of the notion that extinct pteranodons had left him a pile of scat for his birthday.
I think the cousins at the party (and the adults, too) figured out that they were eggs of some sort, and I know they had fun opening them.