Monday, April 25, 2011

Dinosaur Kids Craft from Recycled Boxes: Kids Craft #89

Dinosaur Kids Craft from Recycled Boxes
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up (with adult assistance)    
Our dinosaur named "Little Foot" after the movie character.

Supplies Needed:
  • Masking Tape
  • 1 Empty Box Macaroni or similar size
  • 3 Paper Towel Tubes
  • Blue Paint (or whatever color dinosaur you prefer)
  • Egg Shaped Foam
  • Googly Eyes
  • Foam Paper in Blue (or whatever color dinosaur you prefer)
  • Scissors
  • 1 Foam Paint Brush
  • 1 Craft Bowl (for glue)
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed 
This project took us a while because my kids wanted to play with it before it was even painted and then didn't want to give it back to paint it and let dry!
  • To Build the Dinosaur: 1/2 hour - 45 minutes
    Painting the Dinosaur: 1/2 hour + drying time
    Completing the Dinosaur: 15 minutes + drying time
What To Do
  1. Using the paper towel tube as the neck of the dinosaur, press it into the foam egg (head). Use masking tape to secure the pieces together if you need to.
  2. Put the macaroni box on its side horizontally and cut a hole in it about 1/2 inch from one end (see photo below for position). Place neck into the hole and secure with masking tape.

  3. ADULT: Create the tail.
    • Cut about 7 inches off a paper towel tube. 
    • Cut a slit about 4 inches long on one end of the tube. Make the same cut on the other side of the tube in the opposite location. 
    • Now cut it so that the last 4 inches of the tube look like a "V" shape (see photo below). 
    • Use masking tape to wrap the cut end of the tail.

  4. Put a hole in the box and insert the tail. Use masking tape to secure the tail to the box.
  5. For the legs...

    We made only 2 legs but my children keep telling me that it needs 4. The size of our box won't allow 4 legs. I tell them it's the dinosaur's profile, but they aren't buying it! Make any number of legs you would like.

    • ADULT: Cut 2 pieces (for 2 legs) of cardboard tube about 4 inches long.
    • Poke 2 holes in the box where the legs would go.
    • Insert Legs and use masking tape to secure. 
  6. Cut 2 feet from your foam paper and glue or tape to the legs.
  7. Pour blue paint into a craft bowl.
  8. Use a foam brush to paint the entire dinosaur.
    HINT: Paint the foam head using a dabbing method or it will get crumbly.

  9. Let dry completely.
  10. Use a 2nd coat of paint if necessary. I used Crayola paint and was very disappointed by the coverage. Both the Alex and Melissa & Doug poster paints provide much better coverage but I was completely out of blue in both of them! Unfortunately, my kids couldn't wait to play with "Little Foot" so he hasn't gotten his 2nd needed coat of paint.
  11. Glue googly eyes and construction paper smile onto the dinosaur. If you feel confident in your Sharpie skills you can use the Sharpie pen for the smile as well as the 2 dots for his nose.

  12. Let dry completely.
  13. ENJOY! You're done!
  14. 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 Older Children
    Older children will enjoy this project as is.

    Featured Book
    "The Land Before Time" by Molly Goode is the book version of the movie by the same title. Little Foot needs to get to The Great Valley! Dinosaurs are running out of food and need to find a place
    where food is plentiful. Along the way, Little Foot makes new friends, escapes the dangerous jaws of Sharp Tooth, and has many other exciting adventures. Perfect for any dinosaur lover!

    Featured Toy
    Dinosaur Dawn 24 pc Floor Puzzle
    *Now ON SALE: $10.39
    price is subject to change

    Check out these FREE DINOSAUR Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar. 


    Kimbuckjr said...

    What an adorable craft project for a rainy day! My daughter would absolutely LOVE to create a 'recycled box' dinosaur of her very own. Of course her dinosaur would be PINK with tons and tons of glitter. UGH!
    Thank you SO much for the ingenious idea, we will attempt this PERFECT project the next rainy day we have, which may be sooner than later....I hope!
    By the way, MommyBKnowsBest blog sent me! I just LOVE your blog!
    Kim at

    play school said...

    Hey looks great creative craft work nice

    Janis Cox said...

    I love how you incorporated the boxes into creating the dinosaur. Fantastic ideas.
    I found you at Sun Scholars,
    Janis - author of Tadeo Turtle

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