4 Dinosaur Fun DIY Projects For Kids!

Let your students explore their creativity and learn about dinosaurs with these fun DIY projects for kids

Living in Colorado, the kid inside all of us get to enjoy the signs of a rich natural history. The mighty stegosaurus, triceratops, and other land giants once roamed the Colorado landscape millions of years ago. A trip to the Denver Natural History Museum or Dinosaur National Monument provide wonderful outings for families to enjoy. Early childhood educators and parents alike can bring these creatures of the past home with these prehistoric fun DIY projects for kids!

fun diy projects for kids pipe cleaner dinosaur

1. Pipe Cleaner Dinosaurs

This fun DIY project is wonderful for afternoon playtime, as they are sturdy enough for pretend play!

DIY Pipe Cleaner Dinosaurs Supply List

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Marker
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

Connect three of the pipe cleaners by their ends, then wrap around the marker. This creates the body. Connect two more pipe cleaners, then wrap around the pen to create the head and neck. Overlap one of the pipe cleaners over itself on the pen to make a thicker head than neck.

Use glue or simply wrap the pipe cleaners together to connect neck to body. Coil a single pipe cleaner around the pen, creating a tail that will attach to the body. Bend a pipe cleaner into a V and twist each end around the pen to create arms. Use only one pipe cleaner for the arms, gluing the arms at the V to the body.

Create legs using a similar method as the head. Bind together two pipe cleaners, wrap around the pen, and double one pipe cleaner over itself. Do this twice to create two legs. The thicker part of the leg will be the thigh. Attach googly eyes appropriately and have fun!

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2. Popsicle Stick Dinosaur

A particularly fun DIY project for kids is the popsicle stick dinosaur. This is a project that can be both creative and educational, depending on how you want to present it. You can let kids get as creative as they want with different media types. You can also use it as an opportunity to teach them about different types of dinosaurs and dinosaur features as they’re working.

Popsicle Stick Dinosaur Supply List

  • 3 Popsicle sticks (per dinosaur)
  • Glue
  • Green or yellow card stock (or really any color you’d like!)
  • Green paint (or really any color you’d like!)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Black marker

Prepare this fun DIY project by gluing the popsicle sticks together into a triangle shape. Then, cut the card stock into a triangle shape that fits into the popsicle design. Cut some fun dinosaur features as well, like a tail, feet, horns, spikes, spots, etc.

Now the fun can really begin! Let the kids decorate their popsicle triangles with the cut out dinosaur features. You can add some additional fun and creativity with glitter glue, googly eyes, crayons and more. Let kids get as creative and silly as they’d like!

3. DIY Triceratops Designs

fun diy projects for kids egg carton dinosaurRecycle egg cartons while having a great time with this fun DIY project for kids! These easy egg carton triceratops are a great way to get the kids’ creativity flowing.

Egg Carton Triceratops Supply List

  • An egg carton with each individual egg holder cut separate from the others
  • Paint & paint brushes
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Colored cupcake liners

Flip the egg carton pieces upside down and allow the children to paint them. Once the paint is dry, poke holes in the sides and back of the head for horns. Cut one hole in the top of the carton for a nose, and one on each side.

Allow children to place pipe cleaners in the holes, then help bend the pipe cleaners to look like horns. Attach googly eyes above the nose. Fold a cupcake liner in half, then glue to the back of the finished dinosaur head. This will create a beautiful rim for a finished triceratops!

4. Dinosaur Eggs

Create a dinosaur egg with papier mache! This project will take a couple of days, but it’s worth the wait and will give your little students something to look forward to.

Papier Mache Dinosaur Egg Supply List

  • A balloon
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Newspaper
  • Paint & paint brushes
  • A small dinosaur toy and/or other materials to fill the egg with

Create the papier mache paste by mixing one cup of flour with one cup water until a thin mixture forms. Add four cups boiling water, simmering for three minutes. Allow to cool. Meanwhile, have the kids help tear newspapers into one inch(ish) strips.

Place a dinosaur toy into a balloon, then blow up the balloon. Work with the kids to dip the newspaper strips into the paste, then apply to the balloon. Add a few layers until the balloon is completely covered. Allow your dinosaur egg project to dry (usually at least 24 hours), then pop the balloon and carefully remove it from the mold.

Now you’re ready to start decorating the egg. You can use this time to teach the kids that no one knows the true color of dinosaur eggs, but some dinosaurs did bury their eggs in sand or clay. Paint the egg or add natural elements, such as sand or grass, that your students think might have been found on a dinosaur egg. Wait a couple of days (or however long you want), and then “hatch” the egg to find the dinosaur toy inside!

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