Thursday, January 24, 2013

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Paper Plate Dinosaurs

From Sarah C.:

Next Wednesday is "Draw a Dinosaur Day." Seriously. Having a certain 3.5 year old in my home who loves dinosaurs, I couldn't think of a better 'holiday' to get crafty for. Surely there are at least a few dino loving kids in the MiCH crowd?

While D did draw a dinosaur to share as part of the 'holiday,' I didn't think a tutorial was necessary for drawing a dinosaur. Instead, I thought I'd share how we crafted one from a paper plate.

  • paper plate
  • markers, crayons or paint to color the plate
  • scissors
  • brads (glue or tape could also be used)

To start, hand your child a paper plate to color. We used markers, but crayons or paint would also work.

Cut the plate into 3 pieces as shown below by cutting it in half and then cutting one of the pieces in half. 

From the one of the quarter pieces, help your child cut a tail. Start at the smooth portion and cut a curve back toward the outer edge of the plate on the opposite side of the piece to create the tail. Don't toss the extra piece. Set it aside. Then take the other quarter piece and cut a neck/head shape. Again, save the remaining portion. Attach the tail and neck/head using brads (glue or tape could also be used).

Take the "extra" pieces left from cutting the tail and neck/head and cut 4 legs. Attach these to the body as well.

That's it - you've made a dinosaur! (How my son got his to stand on it's own is beyond me! Preschooler magic?)

Share your dinosaur or any project inspired by our Arts & Crafts Thursday posts on our Flickr group here. We'd love to see what you and your kids have made!


At January 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM , Blogger THP said...

That dino is exceptional! And thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Draw A Dinosaur Day!

-Todd, founder


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