Simple dinosaur crafts for kids

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Simple dinosaur crafts for kids
Dinosaurs fascinate kids of all ages. (dinosaurs image by NataV from Fotolia.com)

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.

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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.

Simple dinosaur crafts for kids
Reimagine the classic sock puppet as a dinosaur. (wool sock image by Alex Motrenko from Fotolia.com)

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.

Simple dinosaur crafts for kids
Bake simple salt dough to keep your child's dinosaur designs permanently. (Pizza dough image by Mr. D from Fotolia.com)

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.

Simple dinosaur crafts for kids
Leftover newspapers are perfect for papier-mache projects. (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)

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