Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dinosaur Fingerprint Creations: Project #4 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #4: Dinosaur Fingerprint Creations
for Ages 3 Years and Up

Time Needed:
About 5-15 Minutes

What To Do: 
  1. It's a good idea to start out by talking about fingers! The thumb is going to make a bigger print than the pinkie. The finger tips will make smaller, narrower prints (good for spikes, ears, etc). Make sure he understands that pressing his finger flat will look different than pressing only the tip. I played a little game with my kids before we actually started on the dinosaurs and had them do these prints a few times: "flat, flat, flat, tip, tip" to make sure my kids understood. They got it easily.
  2. To make the dinosaurs you can either press your child's inked (or painted) finger down on the paper or explain to them where to press. Of course, they will love just making fingerprints and telling you it's a dinosaur too!
    • Triceratops or Three Horns & Spike Tails: Ink up each finger and press down all fingers at the same time with the palm way off the paper. Pretend you're playing the piano and using all 5 fingers at once. Your thumb print will be the head and the 4 other prints will be spikes on his back. To fill in the space left use the pointer finger to repeatedly print the area. Then, use the pinkie to make the 4 legs and to add spikes to the head! Voila :) 
    • Trex, Sharp Tooth or Meat Eaters: The key here is to make his body run diagonally between his head and tail. Then add the rear legs and those tiny little arms. 
    • Brachiosaurus or Long Necks: For ours we used the thumb print for the head, multiple index prints for the neck, and pinkie prints for the tail and the legs.
    • Pterodactyls or Flyers: You need to make 2 triangular wings for this one. To do this I inked my son's entire pinkie and pressed it down to make the 2 long sides of a triangle and then used his index finger to connect the 2 prints. In the middle I used his index finger entirely inked and pressed that down. For the pterodactyl's head I used an index finger print. For the feet I used 2 pinkie tip prints. You may be able to come up with something better. I'd love to see what you do!
    • Baby Dinosaurs: This was easy. We just used an index finger for the head and then the body and then used a pinkie print for ears and feet. We then used 3 pinkie tip prints for the tail. Adorable!
  1. Allow to dry.
  2. Hang and appreciate :)
Trex down on hind legs



Spike Tail

Triceratops - sort of!


    For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by trying to make them more closely resemble actual dinosaurs. This can be done by matching coloring and specific characteristics of a particular dinosaur. If your older child can write have them write the name of their dinosaur beneath each one. He can also use markers or colored pencils to add accents to the dinosaurs, such as teeth and eyes.

    For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be their project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity. Sensory seekers will enjoy the feel of the ink or finger paint on their hands. They will also like the feeling of pressing their fingers and hands down onto the paper.  This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. This project is also good for building speech and language skills as it encourages conversation about choosing colors, selecting fingers, where to press down, what is being made and so on.

    Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

    Associated Educational Activities:
    • Read your child's favorite book about dinosaurs! There are thousands of these! Our favorite is Dr Suess' "Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?"
    • Introduce a new vocabulary words including names of specific dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Pterodactyl, Triceratops, etc), extinct, enormous, Jurassic, and carnivore. You can introduce D for Dinosaur to younger children.
    • Watch "The Land Before Time" video and learn about a time when there were many dinosaurs on earth and what happened to them.
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    1 comment:

    Mommy to a lil lady[bug] said...

    Thanks my dino lover will enjoy this!

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