12 Crafts for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs may be extinct, but your budding paleontologist can bring them roaring back to life with these creative projects.
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
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Keep the legacy of these majestic animals alive with these DIY dino projects! Kids can make their own fossils, craft their own pair of dinosaur feet, and make Mesozoic masterpieces with these fun projects for the paleontologically-inclined.
1. Cardboard Dinosaur Feet
Kids can learn how to walk just like the dinosaurs did with this dinosaur feet craft. All this craft takes is cardboard and some basic crafting materials for decorations! When their dino feet are dry and ready for walking, kids can see who can jump the fastest or perform their best dinosaur stomp. Check out the details for this craft and get the printable template on Red Ted Art.
2. 3D Collage Dinosaur
If you have a kid obsessed with dinosaurs and collaging, this is the perfect craft for them. Using cardboard and a crafting knife, adults can trace and cut out a 3D dinosaur, then let kids slide the pieces together and get ready to collage! Use different magazine cutouts, textured items like felt or fabric, or even give old artwork new life. Check out the details over on Mini Mad Things.
3. Dinosaur Handprint Cards
I think we can all agree that these dinosaur handprint cards might be the most adorable craft on this list. I mean, just look at those googly eyes! These friendly dinosaurs are made using a handprint cut out and are decorated with fun pom-poms and googly eyes. Try tracing the whole family’s hands to create different-sized dinosaurs to roam around. Check out the details and free printable for this project on Fun Handprint Art.
4. Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils
If your kids are big dinosaur lovers, chances are they would love to get their hands on a prehistoric fossil. While getting a real one might be a little tough, they can easily learn how to make their own from salt dough. Head over to Make Life Lovely’s blog and gather the supplies needed to make the dough. Once the dough is set, press in any dinosaur figurines that you have around the house to make one-of-a-kind fossils. You can even bury the fossils in rice and have your kids dig them out for a fun and engaging sensory activity.
5. Dinosaur Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Want to make a dinosaur craft but looking for something on the easier side? Head on over to Conserva Mom’s site and print out the template. Then let your kids color it in any way they please. Once they’re done, follow the instructions and cut down the marked lines. Then, wrap the paper around a toilet paper roll and your dinosaur is complete! It’s seriously that easy. You can even print out a few templates and make a whole pack of dinosaurs.
6. Dinosaur Eggs Fizzy Science Experiment
Kids can learn how to craft their own dinosaur eggs from baking soda, food coloring, and water with this fizzy science experiment. Just make sure to work on this one in a spot you don’t mind getting a little messy; they can get pretty fizzy!
7. Dinosaur Suncatcher
Want to add fun decoration to your dinosaur-obsessed kid's room? This dinosaur suncatcher uses small pieces of tissue paper to replicate stained glass when the sun shines through it the right way. If you don’t have a bright window for the sun catcher, pick any bright space around the house and let the dinosaur bask.
8. Dinosaurs Clothespin Puppets
Ever wonder what dinosaurs would make of the modern world? Wonder no longer once you’ve brought them back as puppets! Check out Easy Peasy and Fun to print out the puppets. It’s as easy as cutting along the dotted lines and gluing the pieces to a clothespin. With the puppets are ready to go, set up a booth for a puppet show and let your kid’s imaginations go to work.
9. Dinosaur Nightlight Jars
These glow-in-the-dark dinosaur jars will instantly upgrade any room. The jars are fairly easy to make, and what you don’t have already laying around at home can be found pretty easily at most dollar stores. The jars glow thanks to reflective glass marbles, and a small tea light. See how your family can make them for yourself at Crafts by Amanda.
10. Dinosaur Handprint Art
Kids can get a little messy with paint and learn how to transform their handprint into a dinosaur with this craft from Simple Everyday Mom. Set up a clean space and paint your kid’s hand a bright color. Then have them spread out their fingers (especially that pinky) and let them stamp it on a sheet of paper. Allow the paint to dry fully, and then let kids decorate their ‘saur and its surroundings.
11. Bubble Wrap Print Dinosaurs
Next time you get a package filled with bubble wrap, save it all for this DIY dinosaur print project. The project uses bubble wrap as a stamp that gives the dinosaur cutouts a bumpy and unique texture. This painting technique can be used on pretty much any sheet of paper, so it’s a cool trick for young artists to master. Check out the details on In The Playroom’s site.
12. Super Simple Brontosaurus Dinosaur Craft
Scientists believe the Brontosaurus likely ate the leaves from very tall trees, so kids will need to cut out a very long neck when making this paper plate dinosaur. Kids can use extra scraps of materials to make trees that their dinosaurs can eat off of. Watch through all the steps with Easy Kid Crafts how-to video.
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