Party Games

Dinosaur Cave - Dino Party

What you will need:
A large box (such as an appliance box)
A music player
Preparation:
Cut doorways on either side of a large appliance box.
Tape the flaps onto the roof.
Paint the box gray to look like a cave.
Draw ferns and trees on the sides with marker.
In addition, you can hang a sign on the outside which says, "T-Rex Cave."
Set up the music player nearby.

At the Party:
Position someone at a music player to stop the music periodically.
Line the children up one behind the other in front of the cave.
When the music starts, the first child crawls or walks through the opening and out the other side.
The next child in line follows.
This continues until the music is stopped.
The child who is in the cave when the music stops is "extinct."

For Older Children: The child who is extinct is out of the game until the next round. Play would continue until all the children except one are out. 

For Younger Children: You may wish to give the child who is caught a sticker. Play would continue until all but one child is caught. If you would like, you can award a slightly larger prize to the last player, such as a sweet.

Balloon Stomp - Monster Party

What You'll Need:
One balloon per child
String or ribbon

Preparation:
Inflate each balloon and knot it closed.
Tie a piece of string or ribbon to each balloon.

At the Party:

This game is best played in an open space indoors.
Tie one balloon on a string loosely to each child's ankle.
When you say "go" the children should try to stomp and pop each other's balloons using only their feet.
If a child's balloon is popped, that child is out.
The last child without a popped balloon is the winner!

Alternative Play Ideas:
Place wrapped candy or small toys inside each balloon before inflating. When a child's balloon is popped, they get their prize! (This insures everyone is a winner.)
Make the strings shorter for younger players or longer for older players.
To make the game last longer, give the players a balloon for each foot.

Magic Writing

You need a lemon, a couple of earbuds, a small bowl of water, a piece of white paper & a lamp.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and mix.
Dip the earbud into the mixture and write a message on a piece of paper.
When it dries the writing will be invisible.
Heat the paper by holding it over a light with the writing side closest to the light bulb.
The invisible ink will slowly turn brown and appear on the page magically.