Random theme days are just so much fun! Why wait for a birthday or special occasion to bust out someone's favorite thing by the bunches?! It adds excitement and anticipation to an ordinary day, and create some pretty special memories.
My boys' were bumming one morning, so to infuse their day with cheer, I said "Let's do Dino Day after school!" - - oh my boys take everything we say as law. So it was on!
Read on if you wanna see how much fun we had, and how simple it really is to make any day extra special.
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To be super transparent, Dino Day was a breeze because I had a ton of dinosaur stuff leftover from a Dino themed birthday we had last year. But you'll see that if you get creative, use what you've got, maybe print out a page or two, and just get INTO IT, you could pull of most themes yourself too!
To prepare, while the boys were in school, I placed some plastic dino bones and mini dinosaur toys in water to freeze. I used the same dino skeletons to set on trays for their choice of painting or using with playdough. I always keep paints and playdough on hand at the house for indoor activity time.
I got out white paper and dinosaur stamps to make dino paper airplanes or just fun stamping art.
This was all I prepped. The rest was joy, creativity, music, and impromptu!
I picked up my boys from school and got excited for our big afternoon. They were already stoked and began coming up with their own ideas, like calling our car the DINO-MOBILE! If my son ran fast, we thought of which dinosaurs ran fast and both shouted "RAPTORS!"
Once we got home, they boys were free to do what they wanted with the dinos on trays. La'akea chose to paint his dinosaur, while Koamalu chose to paint pictures of dinosaurs on paper.
After that, I found their toy tools and said, "Are you ready to be Paleontologists?!" (They recently learned that word watching an episode of Sesame Street). They use toy hammers and real spoons to chip away the frozen ice with dinosaurs and bones inside. They LOVED IT!
Mind you, we had party music playing so it felt like a party and the boys took frequent dance breaks.
They spent a good amount of time picking out all 3 toys from the ice.
Our last activity of the afternoon was totally unplanned. I told the boys to go in their room and I'd hide dinosaurs around the house - We ended up having fun doing a Dino Hunt and then... We turned out the lights and drew the blinds to bust out flashlights to do it all over again!
Oh they had so much fun. Koamalu shouted "Dino Day is Awesome!!!"
After they found and cleaned up their toys, they got to choose a Dino-themed show to watch.
Dino Day was pretty complete and the boys can't wait for another Dino Day in the future!
You could create any special day using crafts, coloring pages, songs, shows, make believe games, dress up, charades, YouTube tutorials, cooking, items around the house - the sky is the limit!
Some fun ideas might include : Superhero Day, Animal Day, Magic Day, Rainbow Day, Engineer Day, Backwards Day, use your favorite movie...I hope you give it a try!
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.