Paper Plate Dinosaur

This craft from the brilliant kidscraftweekly.com turns a paper plate into a moving Brontosaurus!

Paper Plate Dinosaur

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 minutes
Age 3+
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Materials

  • Brass Paper Fasteners
  • Googly Eyes (Optional)
  • Paint (Poster or Acrylic)
  • Paper Plate
  • Sponge

Instructions

    1. Sponge paint a paper plate, and leave to dry
    2. Cut the plate in half
    3. From one half only, cut off the curved edge of the plate. Cut that piece in half. Taper the end of one half to make a tail (the other half will be the neck)
    4. From the remaining cut half, cut out 4 leg shapes and an oval for the dinosaur head.
    5. Punch a hole at the top of each dinosaur leg, and 4 holes along the cut edge of the remaining half of the paper plate. Using split pins, attach the legs to the body.
    6. Add the neck, head and tail to the dinosaur in the same way.
    7. Add a googly eye to the dinosaur's head

    Tips

    1. Thumbnail image: Plate_Dinosaur_02.psd
    2. The originator of this recipe kidscraftweekly.com has an excellent pdf on her website that describes this craft in detail: kidscraftweekly.com
    3. Alternatives to sponge painting for this project would be bubble wrap painting, finger painting or simply painting with a brush.

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    Useful supplies

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    100 PCS Mini Brads, Brass Fasteners 20 x 8mm, Brass Metal Paper Fasteners for Craft & Scrapbooking Brad DIY
    100 PCS Mini Brads
    Crayola Artista II Washable Liquid Tempera Paint, Set of 12, 16oz , Assorted Colors (54-8216)
    Crayola Artista II Washable Liquid Tempera Paint
    Nicole Home Collection White Paper Plates (6 in - 100 count)
    Nicole Home Collection White Paper Plates
    TOAOB 100pcs Black Plastic Googly Wiggle Eyes Self-Adhesive Round 6mm to 35mm Mixed Assorted Sizes Sticker Eyes for DIY Crafts Scrapbooking Decoration
    TOAOB 100pcs Black Plastic Googly Wiggle Eyes Self-Adhesive Round 6mm to 35mm Mixed Assorted Sizes Sticker Eyes for DIY Crafts Scrapbooking Decoration

    Related Books

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
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    Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Harry and the Dinosaurs)
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    Dinosaurumpus!
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    How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
    How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
    National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
    National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
    Ten Terrible Dinosaurs (Picture Puffins)
    Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
    Dinosaur Roar (Picture Puffins)
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