Paper Plate Dragon (or Dinosaur)

This activity created by turns a paper plate and egg boxes into a cute dragon! You could easily adapt this to be a dinosaur instead.

Paper Plate Dragon (or Dinosaur)

Project Info

Difficulty Slightly challenging
Duration 1 hour
Age 5+
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  • Black Marker
  • Black Paper (For Eyelashes)
  • Egg Carton
  • Googly Eyes
  • Paint (Tempura or Poster)
  • Paper Plate
  • Red Paper (For Tongue)
  • White Paper (For Teeth)


    1. Paint your paper plate - gold and red work well for a dragon. Set aside to dry
    2. Cut three egg cups out from the egg carton and paint green. Set aside to dry.
    3. Place a paper plate on a sheet of white paper and trace round half of the edge of the plate. Using a pencil draw teeth shapes along the edge of the line. Now cut out the teeth ensuring that you also cut a border below the teeth that can be used to attach them to the paper plate.
    4. Place an egg cup on a back piece of paper, and trace one edge. Using a pencil, draw a rectangle using the edge you just drew as the base of the rectangle, and make the sides of the rectangle about an inch high). Cut out the rectangle. Then make a series of cuts along the rectangle stopping about 1/4 inch away from the edge
    5. Take a red piece of paper and cut out a tongue shape.
    6. Using a black marker, draw 2 black dots on the side of one of the egg cups (this will be the nose)
    7. Glue a Googly Eye in each of the other two egg cups
    8. Glue the eyelashes to the top edge of the egg cup eyes, ensuring that the cut "lash" ends overhang the eyes
    9. Fold the (dry) paper plate in half and attach the eyes and nose to the upper surface. Glue the teeth to the underside of the upper part of the mouth and the tongue to the inside of the lower part of the mouth.


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