Dinosaur Preschool Theme Crafts

Written by Nicole Dean

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Dinosaur Crafts for Kids

Hatch a Baby Dinosaur

  • Balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Small Plastic Dino
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Safety Pin
  • Paints of your choice

Cover your area with newspaper. In the bowl you will need to mix glue and some water to make a thin sticky liquid. (If you have liquid starch this works well too.) Tear more newspaper into strips and set a side. Place your small plastic dinosaur into the balloon before you blow it up. Blow up your balloon so that it is egg shaped. Once your egg is securely tied you will need to dip single slips of newspaper into the glue/water mixture and then place all around your egg. Wait till your egg balloon has dried. After it has dried you can paint your egg to look like a Dinosaur Egg. When the Dinosaur Egg paint has dried, take the safety pin and pop the balloon inside. You now have a Dinosaur Egg.

Noodle Dinosaur Fossil

  • Very fine potting soil
  • White glue
  • Pasta: (Penne, elbow, large elbow, rigatoni, ditali, radiatore, and gemelli)
  • Styrofoam plate or tray
  • Measuring cup
  • Scissors

Mix a cup of potting soil with enough glue to make it stick together. Mold it into a ball. Press the ball down flat until it is about a half inch thick. Next press the pasta shapes into the dirt making a dinosaur design. When you are done creating your dinosaur fossil cover the fossils with a layer of glue. Drying time could take two or more days.

Dinosaur Puzzle

  • Card Stock Paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Crayon/Markers

Choose a Dinosaur Picture from http://www.childstoryhour.com/coloringdino.htm and print it out on the card stock paper. Color your dinosaur picture and cut the picture into pieces. Take turns with others in putting your dinosaur puzzles together.

Dinosaur Crowns

  • Sponge
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape/Stapler
  • Paint
  • Paper Towels

Cut the sponge to the shape of a T-Rex foot, to this by cutting the sponge into a triangle then cutting out two small triangles at the bottom of the triangle. This will look like a T-Rex foot when you are done. Next take the Construction Paper you have and cut it into half long way. Tape the two pieces together and fit to your child’s head and mark this spot. Next cut out triangles on one side of the long construction paper, this will give you the crown affect. Fold a paper towel in to 4’s so that it is thick. Place your paint on top of the paper towel and dip your sponge foot into paint. Make prints on the crown. When dry tape/staple the crown closed and your child now has a Dinosaur Crown.

Recommended Dinosaur Books to Read

How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room?
by Jane Yolen
Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs learn to pick up and put away their toys. How do dinosaurs clean their rooms? With trash cans and dusters and brooms! Now Jane Yolen’s playful, read-aloud text and Mark Teague’s hilarious illustrations show your own little dinosaurs just how fun and easy it can be. Brimming with the same infectious humor as the other HOW DO DINOSAURS tales, this new board book is a perfect companion to the immensely popular picture books and a great baby gift as well.

Dinosaur Roar!
by Paul Stickland
Two nifty novelty books showcase beloved stories in a format that is fresh, fun, and floatable! These puffy, pliable books feature full-color pages encased in clear plastic. Perfect for the teething toddler and sophisticated enough to engage the slightly older child, these shiny padded books offer the best in waterproof reading.

Ten Little Dinosaurs
by Pattie Schnetzler
Do the Dinosaur count down. You never know what’s going to happen to these crazy dinosaurs as they frolic from ten to zero! A pair of crazy eyeballs built into this boldly illustrated hardbound book jiggle and wiggle from page to page and dinosaur to dinosaur.

Dinosaur Cooking with Kids
Meat vs. Plant Eating Dinosaurs: What did Dinosaurs Eat?

  • Broccoli Florets
  • Hot Dogs
  • Salad Dressing for Dipping

Give your child both of these foods and the dressing for dip. Talk about how some dinosaurs are meat eaters and some are plant eaters. Point out that Meat Eaters had lots of sharp pointy teeth while Plant Eaters had square flat teeth.

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