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Make a Stuffed Dinosaur
Suitable for: Kids 4 to 7 years old
Takes place: At Home
Keywords: dinosaur, crafts, toddlers, preschoolers
INSTRUCTIONS
This activity creates stuffed paper dinosaurs. This activity takes about an hour or less. It is not very messy; it involves cutting two identical paper dinosaur shapes, decorating the dinosaurs, and stapling them together, and then stuffing them with newspaper.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
Any thick paper, 8 1/2 x 11
Scissors
Stapler
Crayons, paint, or markers to decorate the dinosaurs
Newspaper or tissue paper to stuff the dinosaurs


Choose the type of dinosaur(s) you want to make - click here for a list of printable dinosaur templates that fit on standard 8.5" x 11" paper. For larger templates, use an enlarging copy machine or use a grid and enlarge the templates by hand.
Cut out the template(s) you've chosen.
Have each child make two identical dinosaur tracings, using two pieces of paper. This is a good time to discuss how body the shapes differed in the different species - for example, compare the lean, long-legged meat eaters (like T. rex and Velociraptor) to the short legged, slow moving plant-eaters (like Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Ankylosaurus).
Staple around the edges, leaving a hole large enough to stuff the dinosaur later.
Have the child decorate both sides of the dinosaur, adding eyes, nostrils, camouflage, teeth, etc., using crayons, markers or paint. This is a good time to discuss the placement of facial features, and the fact that no one knows what color or patterns any of the dinosaurs were.
Stuff the dinosaur with crumbled newspaper, scraps of paper, or tissue paper.
Staple the remaining hole shut.
NOTE: "Sewing" can be used as a more difficult alternative to stapling the dinosaur together. Using a hole punch, you can punch holes around the edges of the dinosaur while holding the two identical pieces together. Then the students can use yarn or string to "sew" through the holes, attaching the two sides.

 
Comments:
Thanks for the great idea for my little dinosaur fan! He usually hates coloring. I think this will help motivate him.
posted by Anna on 04/27/2007
  
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