Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sensory Dinosaurs Craft: Project #6 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #6: Sensory Dinosaurs Craft
for Ages 3 Years and Up


Supplies Needed:
  • Cardboard Stock - you can also use a large, thick paper plate OR the cardboard back of a drawing pad. It must be thick.
  • Bag of dried lentils
  • Glue Stick
  • Poster paint
  • Large paint brush
  • Child safe scissors
  • Deep bin (approx 8" x 6" x 8"). Using an 8" x 8" cake pan is a good idea
  • Newspaper (to keep work area clean and paint free)
Time Needed:
About TWO 15 Minute Sessions

What To Do: 
  1. Draw the outline of a dinosaur about 6" - 8" across on the cardboard. You can print out this triceratops as a guide.
  2. Cut out the dinosaur using your outline.
  3. Use the stick glue to cover the entire surface of the dinosaur with a good coating of glue.
  4. Place the dinosaur (glue side up) inside your bin or pan.
  5. Pour the bag of dried lentils into the bin, on top of the dinosaur.
  6. Gently rock the bin back and forth to make sure the whole dinosaur is covered. Gather up more lentils in handfuls as needed to cover the dinosaur.
  7. Using a flat palm, firmly press down the lentils repeatedly over the entire dinosaur.
  8. Slowly and gently remove the dinosaur from the bin and place on a flat surface.
  9. Allow glue to completely dry before moving on the the next step. We let ours dry overnight but a few hours is sufficient.
  10. Using your choice of color, apply the poster paint to the lentils on the dinosaur, with small DABS. Hint: Trying to brush the paint onto the lentils may result in the lentils coming loose. 
  11. Allow to dry.
  12. If desired paint with another color & let dry.
  13. Enjoy!
My freehand dinosaur drawing!
Once cut out it'll look like this
With glue on it.



Use a deep bin to avoid a mess
Shake or rock bin gently back and forth.

Firmly pat all over with palm of hand.
We didn't paint this first one.

2nd try!
With lentils!
Freshly painted!
3rd time's a charm! I drew this one freehand.

With lentils!
Freshly painted!
Final results!


For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by cutting out the template himself or even drawing the dinosaur outline himself. Instead of lentils he can use  small buttons or sequins individually placed to create the appearance of scales.

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

Your child may become very excited when touching and patting the lentils. Use a bin that is deep enough so that he can enjoy this activity and you don't have hundreds of lentils spilling over the sides of the bin. Also, make sure it's a heavy bin so it's not easily tipped over. A heavy cake pan works well for this. 
Don't allow this project to become frustrating when he's painting, which can happen if the lentils are not sufficiently adhered to the cardboard. If your child isn't verbal, you can talk to him about what you're making, the steps in the process, what comes next, etc. Use as much engaging talk as you can. Allow him to make choices regarding how long to pat the lentils on the dinosaur, which paint color to use etc. This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

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:
  • Talk about dinosaurs! What colors were they? What was their skin like? Which is your favorite? What did they eat?
  • Read a new book about dinosaurs. How about "The Littlest Dinosaurs" by Bernard Most?
  • Try to name as many kinds of dinosaurs as you can!
  • Learn to write the letter D for Dinosaur!
  • Use these printable dinosaurs to color and learn!
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Related Links:
3oo Crafts for Kids
Top 10 Toys for Sensory Seeking Children

3 comments:

A. Smith said...

Very neat! My daughter is currently all about dinosaurs so I'm going to try this out next week - thanks for the great idea :)

Mary Beth Etherton said...

My Son loves Dinasaurs. This is a great idea, can't wait to do this project with him.

Lauren(Judy) said...

Whata great fun idea, simple and creative for kids!

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