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Party and Craft Ideas for How to Train Your Dragon Movie
Dragons make a fun birthday party theme for both boys and girls. The movie and books titled How to Train Your Dragon make the theme even better for the kids.
How To Train Your Dragon - Books and Movie
The fiction Viking books "How to Train Your Dragon" is a popular series for kids. There are eight books in all, all written by British author Cressida Cowell:
- Hiccup the Seasick Viking (2000)
- How to Train Your Dragon (2003)
- How to Be a Pirate (2004)
- How to Speak Dragonese (2005)
- How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (2006)
- How to Twist a Dragon's Tale (2007)
- A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (2008)
- How to Ride a Dragon's Storm (2008)
- How to Break a Dragon's Heart (2009)
- How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (2011)
The movie How to Train Your Dragon came out in early 2010 and was a DreamWorks' studio project, and also has a 3-D film version of the movie. The cast of the movie:
- Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
- Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast
- Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch
- America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman
- Jonah Hill as Snotlout Jorgenson
- T. J. Miller and Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut and Tuffnut Thorston
- David Tennant as Spitelout
Homemade How to Train Your Dragon Party Ideas
Besides the licensed merchandise that you can buy at the store, you can also create a fun How to Train Your Dragon party with imaginative crafts at home. Use the colors and theme from the movie as a guide for the party equipment and supplies. Round up other supplies from the craft bin or leftovers from other parties.
- Viking cupcakes with horns - Bake cupcakes in plain liners and frost a cupcake with white or tan icing. Form two crescent shapes from fondant and stick on the top of the cupcakes to resemble Viking horns.
- Dragon costumes from last year's Halloween costumes - Dress them up in last year's dragon Halloween costume if kids are encouraged to dress up at a party.
- Foam swords for fun play - Cut out swords from sheets of thick foam so the dragon trainers can practice their work safely.
- Paper shields in different colors and crest designs - A dragon trainer needs a shield as protection from the dragon's fire. Create simple shields from cardboard or have them create one as a craft project at the party. Tape a small piece of cardboard to the back as a handle to hold the shield.
- 3-D Dragon shaped cakes - Use a character pan decorated as a dragon. A 3-D cake in the shape of a dragon is also nice.
- Dragon piñata filled with treats - Fill a dragon piñata with treats so the dragon tamers can practice their taming skills and take something home in the process.
- Streamers and banners using paper at home - Create streamers and handmade banners using blue, gold, red and green crepe paper rolls.
- Balloons in colors from the movie - Find latex balloons in gold, blue and red colors to match the purchased licensed decorations.