Paper Plate Dinosaur

This craft from the brilliant 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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  • Brass Paper Fasteners
  • Googly Eyes (Optional)
  • Paint (Poster or Acrylic)
  • Paper Plate
  • Sponge


    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


    1. Thumbnail image: Plate_Dinosaur_02.psd
    2. The originator of this recipe has an excellent pdf on her website that describes this craft in detail:
    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

    Nicole Home Collection 100 Count Everyday Dinnerware Paper Plate, 6-Inch, White
    $8.00 Buy on Amazon
    Crayola Artista II Washable Liquid Tempera Paint, Set of 12, 16oz , Assorted Colors (54-8216)
    $38.05 Buy on Amazon
    ACCO Solid Brass Paper Fasteners, 0.5 Inch Length, 100 Fasteners per Box (A7071502A)
    Creative Hands by Fibre-Craft – 5-30mm Black Glue-On Googly Eyes – Teaches Creativity – Multipurpose – 120 Pack
    $4.99 Buy on Amazon

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