Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Colored Cotton Balls Dinosaur: Preschool Kids Crafts Project #61

Dinosaur Kids Craft: Colored Cotton Balls Triceratops
Kids Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:  
  • 10 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
  1. Print out Triceratops Template.
    Our Supplies are ready!
  2. Squeeze glue onto one area of the triceratops at a time(or an older child can put glue on the entire dino.
    Since I'm a big kid (and had 2 helpers) I put glue on the entire thing at once.
  3. Glue the green colored cotton balls onto the triceratops. For the smaller areas like the horns, pull a piece apart so it will fit :)
  4. Continue until entire dinosaur is filled with green colored cotton balls.
  5. Glue on a googly eye.
  6. Name your dinosaur! We named our dinosaur Sara.

  7. Let dry completely.
  8. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
  9. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
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!

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.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with. For example, you can use double sided tape or paste instead of white glue. You can also substitute green pom poms for the green colored cotton balls. In fact, you can use your child's favorite color - not even green!
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project and may want to print out several dinosaur printables. An older child can write the dinosaur's name or the type of dinosaur on the paper as well :)

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard" by B. G. Hennessy.  
A little boy imagines the "dinosaur who hatched in the backyard and grew to the size of the family car. . ." A fun read for any dinosaur lover.

Check out these FREE Dinosaur Printables that are customizable from the TwistyNoodle!

SING "Triceratops!"
(sung to the tune of Three Blind Mice) 
Look and see. One, two, three.
Count with me. One, two, three.
Triceratops has three big horns.
That's the way that he was born.
One, two, three. One, two, three.

Make A Dino Sensory Bin!Fill box or Rubbermaid type bin with uncooked macaroni. Add plastic eggs, spoons, scoops, and small dinosaurs, etc. Let the play begin!

Fill your bin or box with different kinds of dried macaroni.
The babies are protected in their "nest" while the Mama goes to get them food!
Here the dinosaur "babies" are taking a bath LOL!
Their Mommy has drained the bath because they need to go to bed now.
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, and any other ideas that may be similar. 

1 comment:

Glynnis said...

I love this idea! I'm always looking for easy dinosaur crafts! Thanks for sharing!

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