If your kids are dinosaur-obsessed, turn your home into Jurassic Park with this quick and easy craft!
By Allison McGuire.
Allison McGuire has an accomplished history of building online marketing and ecommerce programs. As the Director of Marketing at Paper Mart, she has launched a variety of new marketing channels which have propelled the 96-year old business to the next level. Under her leadership, the company has gained national exposure on the Today Show, become a corporate sponsor for the Boys & Girls Club, partnered with Make-A-Wish LA, and received a 2017 Stevie Award for Sales & Customer Service Excellence.
Oh, the things you can do with a paper plate! This dinosaur craft is quick, easy, and will lead to hours of fun and imaginative play. Even better, this project offers the opportunity for a learning moment: teach kids about the different species of dinosaurs they’ve made, what they ate, and where they roamed.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you step-by-step how to make a paper plate dinosaur using a plate, a few crafty embellishments, and a lot of creativity.
What You’ll Need:
● Large paper plate
● Toilet paper roll
Fold a large paper plate in half to form the body of your dinosaur.
On a second paper plate or sturdy card stock, sketch out a head, tail and triangular spikes (depending on which dinosaur you’re making). If you aren’t confident in your drawing skills, download a template from the web to get the features just right.
Glue or staple the head, tail, and spikes to the edges of the first plate and secure between both sides of the plate.
For the dinosaur’s feet, measure and cut a toilet roll into three even pieces. Then cut slits into two of the pieces and slide them onto the paper plate dinosaur. If you downloaded a template, it probably had feet included — but affixing toilet roll feet will allow your dinosaur to stand on its own, making it more fun for your child to play with.
Time to decorate! Depending on the age and ability of your child, you can paint the dinosaur or even add glitter and sparkles. Solid color or patterned washi tape is an easy way for kids to add their own flair when decorating, since the thin tape is easy for little fingers to tear. Cut ribbon into smaller pieces to make fun, colorful spikes for a stegosaurus, or use metallic trim to outfit your dinosaur with sparkly scales. Add googly eyes to your dinosaur’s head, and you’re done!
Don’t stop at one dinosaur — make a whole dino family, from T-Rex to pterodactyls and stegosauruses! Let your kids make up stories for the dinosaurs to act out. And don’t forget to give your paper plate dinosaur a n