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How to Make a Paper Plate Dinosaur

Updated February 21, 2017

Children are often fascinated with dinosaurs. They wonder at the strange bones and artist renditions of prehistoric animals that fill museums around the world, from flying beasts to the terrifying meat-eaters that once roamed the earth. Making dinosaurs out of paper plates can be an effective way to help your child learn about the prehistoric era. Perhaps you are simply looking for a creative way to occupy a rainy afternoon, or add that special decoration to a dinosaur-themed bedroom. Whatever your reason, using a paper plate to make a dinosaur is an effective way of engaging your child in a creative activity.

Cut a paper plate in half with your scissors. Set one half aside.

Draw four short legs, a long and thin triangular tail ,and a head with a long neck onto one half of the plate with a pencil.

Cut along your pencil lines to remove the legs, tail and head.

Place the other half of the paper plate in front of you so the straight cut is closest to you.

Glue the tail shape at one bottom corner of the half plate and the head at the opposite end.

Glue the four legs, spaced evenly along the cut edge of the plate. Allow the glue to dry for about 20 minutes.

Paint the dinosaur with craft paint in any colour you like. Add spots, stripes or any other interesting pattern you choose.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • White glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
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About the Author

Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.