Dinosaurs continue to be a big hit in this house. As part of celebrating Draw a Dinosaur Day at the end of January, we also made a paper plate dinosaur. Here’s how …
- paper plate
- markers, crayons or paint to color the plate
- brads (glue or tape could also be used)
Step 1 Start by coloring a paper plate. We used markers, but crayons or paint would also work. Use any colors you like – your imagination is the limit.
Step 2 Cut the plate into 3 pieces as shown below by cutting it first in half and then cutting one of the pieces in half again to create 2 quarter pieces.
Step 3 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.
Step 4 Take the other quarter piece and cut a neck/head shape. Again, save the remaining portion.
Step 5 Attach the tail and neck/head using brads (glue or tape could also be used).
Step 6 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 paper plate dinosaur! (How my son got his to stand on its own is beyond me! Preschooler magic?)
A version of this post originally ran on January 24, 2013 for Arts & Crafts Thursday at Mom in the Triangle blog here.