Jurassic art

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By Sharon Parnellearly years practitioner and freelance writer

Make your own prehistoric creatures with these crafty activities and let young imaginations run wild!


In this article:

  1. Dinosaur craft
  2. Fossil fun
  3. Sculpt-o-saurus


Photo © Strendyssel/www.istockphoto.com


1. Dinosaur craft

Make a paper-plate dinosaur

Physical Development

Using Equipment and Materials

Development matters: engage with activities requiring hand-eye co-ordination (30–50 months).

Early Learning Goal: handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Green paper plates; strips of green card or paper; scissors; glue.

What to do

Invite children to design and make a paper-plate dinosaur. Encourage them to look at different pictures of dinosaurs and decide which one they would like to design. Show how to cut a paper plate in half and use one part of it as the dinosaur’s body. If they want to make a fat dinosaur, leave the plate whole.

Next ask them to draw body parts such as tail, legs, feet and head onto the strips of paper. Once they have drawn the features, cut them out and attach them to the paper plate where they think they should go. While children are drawing, encourage them to look at their chosen dinosaur picture and talk about features such as its long neck or tail, the spikes on its back or horn on its head.

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