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Simple dinosaur crafts for kids

Updated July 20, 2017

Dinosaurs entertain and fascinate almost all children, and dinosaur crafts can help them learn more about this topic of perpetual interest. Help your child learn about dinosaurs by helping them create the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex as a sock puppet, make a "fossil" of just about any type of dinosaur or even make a papier-mache dinosaur egg.

Dinosaur Sock Puppet

For this project, a sock, googly eyes, various colours of felt, scissors, glue, and a cup are needed.

Help your child cut out several triangles from pieces of felt, as well as two small circles. Have your child pull the sock over his or her hand and hold it like a puppet so that the "mouth" of the puppet is formed. Glue one of the triangles to the inside of the mouth. Secure the googly eyes with glue on top of the "head." Glue the two small circles under the eyes to form nostrils. Glue the remaining triangles down the back of the sock to make the dinosaur's plates or spikes. Cut small holes out of the side of your puppet so the child's fingers can stick out and form "arms." Slide the sock over a cup and let the glue dry for several hours before playing with the puppet.

Salt-Dough Fossils

This craft requires paint, paintbrushes, a dinosaur toy, a rolling pin, flour, salt, water, and a bowl.

Combine 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 1/2 cups of water to create the salt dough. Roll the dough flat with the rolling pin. Press dinosaur toys into the dough or make dinosaur shapes from hand prints. Once the child's designs are complete, bake the dough at 176 degrees Cor one hour. Once the "fossils" are cool, have the children paint the shapes to give them definition and colour.

Papier-Mache Dinosaur Egg

Gather a balloon, strips of newspaper, a needle, thin paste (3 parts glue, 1 part water), acrylic paints, and a paintbrush. Inflate a small balloon and cover it with strips of newspaper dipped in the paste. Once it is dry, stick the needle into the balloon to pop it. Spread the remaining newspaper over a table, and let your child paint the egg or cover it with designs.

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Betty Russell has been a freelance writer for 16 years. She has written for a variety of healthcare publications, and had articles published in The Boston Globe. Previously, Betty was a television news anchor, radio announcer and public relations specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado where she earned a bachelor of arts degree.