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How to Make 4 Delightful DIY Dinosaur Crafts

These cut and glue dinosaur crafts are the perfect way to have fun with your kids and make some great refrigerator art. 

dinosaur crafts

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By putting a craft in your kid’s hands, you’re not only focusing their attention on something productive, not to mention a lot of fun, but…

You’re also giving them an opportunity to develop their hand muscles.  When they use their safety scissors to cut their craft they work those hand muscles, which helps them get ready for writing later on.

Crafts give your kids the opportunity to grow their creativity, confidence, and concentration check out more in this article.

These dinosaur crafts are a simple way for you to have craft time without a lot of work for you and you get to enjoy the time with your kiddos!

All the supplies you need for this craft are probably already scattered around your house.  You will need scissors, glue (I prefer glue sticks, bottles of glue can be hard for your younger kiddos), markers, and paper.

We have a lot of dinosaur facts, jokes, and a free dinosaur activity kit, so keep scrolling for all of the dinosaur fun.

Enjoy your paper craft time with your preschooler or kindergartener.

The Dinosaur Craft Options

We like to offer you the parent or teacher a couple of ways to complete our paper crafts. 

If you are a crafty scissor master below we offer you step by step instructions to complete these adorable dinosaurs, just keep scrolling…

But, if you prefer to have a template to make crafting easy we have you covered there as well.

There are not enough hours in the day.  With so many fun activities and adorable crafts that you want to enjoy with your kids. 

So make them a little more attainable.  Don’t waste five hours cutting and prepping the craft instead of playing with your kiddo.

You can use this time saving craft template in so many fun different ways!

Give the pre-colored template to younger kids with short attention spans.  This keeps the craft a little shorter so that they don’t get tired halfway through the craft.

For the kids who like to color give them the black and white template so that they can make these dinosaurs their own.  Quick note: I have found that it is so much easier to color the template before you cut it out.

And for the more advanced kids, who are ready for more of a challenge.  Have them cut out the template.  Instead of gluing it together, take the template and trace it onto paper.

It adds tracing to the craft along with scissors and glue.  Tracing is always a good skill to practice.

Each template below includes the following:

  • Black and white template: Print, Color, Cut, Glue, and Enjoy.
  • Template (Already Colored): Print, Cut, Glue, and Enjoy.
  • a dinosaur coloring sheet
  • 8.5 by 11 color dinosaur craft poster
  • Click on the image below to get the template

When Should I Make the Dinosaur Crafts

These crafts will be perfect for rainy days when your kids are stuck inside and are going stir crazy.  This can also be a fun way to spend the after-dinner family time.

If you’re a teacher this could be a great craft to break up the day.  Or if you’re teaching about dinosaurs, this could be a great way to tie the lesson together.  A fun physical reminder of what they’re learning about.

Basically, any time is the right time to make this adorable brontosaurus craft with your kids.

Supplies Needed

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Paper
  • Templates (optional see above pictures)

To keep all the things you need on hand for paper crafts anytime check out my article on what supplies you need.

How To Make A Brontosaurus Craft

brontosaurus dinosaur instructions

Step 1

Body

  • Cut out a green half circle (body)
  • Use marker to make spots on the body

Step 2

Head

  • Cut out a green oval (head)
  • Cut out a small white oval (Outer eye)
  • Cut out a smaller black oval (Inner eye)
  • Glue the white oval to the head
  • Glue the black oval to the white oval
  • Use marker to add a nose and mouth to the head
bronotosaurus parts

Step 3

Neck

  • Cut out a green rectangle
  • Glue the rectangle to the body
  • Glue the head to the other side of the rectangle

Step 4

Legs and Tail

  • Cut out 4 green rectangles (legs)
  • Glue to the body
  • Cut out a green triangle (Tail)
  • Glue to the body
brontosaurus paper craft

How To Make A Triceratops Craft

triceratops dinosaur instructions

Step 1

Head

  • Cut out an orange rectangle with rounded edges (Head)
  • Cut out a green rectangle with spikes along the edge (to create the large frill on the back of head)
  • Glue the orange onto the green

Step 2

Face

  • Cut out 3 white triangles (Horns)
  • Cut out 2 white circles (outer eye)
  • Cut out 2 smaller blue circles (inner eye)
  • Glue the blue circles to the white ones
  • Glue the eyes to the orange head
  • Glue the 3 white horns to the head
triceratops parts

Step 3

Body

  • Cut out an orange rectangle with rounded edges (Body)
  • Cut out a smaller green rectangle with rounded edges (belly)
  • Glue the green belly to the orange body
  • Glue the body to the head

Step 4

Feet and hands

  • Cut out 2 yellow squares with rounded edges (Feet)
  • Glue to the feet to the body
  • Cut out 2 smaller yellow square with rounded edges (Hands)
  • Glue to the body
triceratops paper craft

How To Make A Stegosaurus Craft

stegosaurus dinosaur instructions

Step 1

Body, Tail, Legs

  • Cut out a blue half oval (body)
  • Cut out a blue triangle (tail)
  • Glue the tail to the body
  • Cut out 4 blue rectangles with rounded edges (legs)
  • Glue the legs to the body

Step 2

Head

  • Cut out a blue oval (head)
  • Cut out a small white oval (Outer eye)
  • Cut out a smaller black oval (Inner eye)
  • Glue the white oval to the head
  • Glue the black oval to the white oval
  • Use marker to add a nose and mouth to the head
stegosaurus parts

Step 3

Neck

  • Cut out a blue rectangle
  • Glue the rectangle to the body
  • Glue the head to the other side of the rectangle

Step 4

Spikes

  • Cut out 4 light blue raindrop shapes (spikes)
  • Glue the 4 raindrop shaped Spikes to the body
stegosaurus paper craft

How To Make Pteranodon Craft

pteranodon dinosaur instructions

Step 1

Head

  • Cut out a purple oval (head)
  • Cut out a small white oval (Outer eye)
  • Cut out a smaller black oval (Inner eye)
  • Glue the white oval to the head
  • Glue the black oval to the white oval
  • Use a marker to add a nose and mouth to the head

Step 2

Body

  • Cut out a purple oval (body)
  • Cut out a smaller blue oval (Belly)
  • Glue the blue belly to the purple body
pteranodon parts

Step 3

Wings

  • Cut out 2 purple half-ovals (outer wing)
  • Cut out 2 smaller blue half ovals  (inner wing)
  • Glue the blue half-ovals to the purple half-ovals
  • Glue the wings to either side of the body

Step 4

Legs, Neck

  • Cut out a purple rectangle  (neck
  • Glue the neck to the body
  • Glue the head to the neck
  • Cut out 2 purple rectangles (Legs)
  • Glue the legs to the body
pteranodon paper craft

Make This Craft Your Own

You can easily customize this craft by changing the paper colors, adding glitter, or using pipe cleaners.

Or add some tissue paper, whatever you have in your house.  You can add anything, there is no wrong choice, you can even add dried beans or noodles.

Just have fun with the crafts and your kids.

Fun Facts About Dinosaurs

I like to share fun facts that relate to the craft we’re making.  Connecting the physical craft with the facts makes the facts a little more memorable, and sharing facts on a topic that they think is cool will get them to engage and be a little more interested.

  • Brontosaurus lived during the Late Jurassic Period.
  • The Brontosaurus is a herbivore.
  • The name Brontosaurus means Thunder Lizard.
  • Although it might appear dangerous, Triceratops was actually a slow-moving herbivore that used its beak-like jaw and slicing teeth to pluck and chew tough plants that other dinosaurs couldn’t eat.
  • It roamed in what’s now western North America during the Cretaceous period
  • Its name comes from the Greek words meaning “three-horned face” because of the two horns on its brow and smaller horn above its mouth.
  • Stegosaurus is famous for its two rows of kite-shaped plates that stick out from its neck, back, and tail. But the paleontologist who first discovered a Stegosaurus fossil thought the plates laid flat on its back like a turtle’s shell. That’s why its name in Greek means “roof lizard.”
  • Stegosaurus lived during the Jurassic period in what’s now Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
  • It was about the length of a bus and weighed almost 14,000 pounds. But this enormous animal had a brain that was only slightly larger than a walnut. 
  • Pteranodon dinosaurs lived during the Late Cretaceous Period, 86 to 84.5 million years ago in what is now the central United States. Over 1,000 fossils have been found in Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
  • This animal had as much as a 20 foot wingspan.
  • Pteranodon means “Toothless Wing.” These animals were carnivores. They had long sharp beaks (their skulls with beaks were longer than the entire rest of their bodies), and were probably experts at diving from the sky to spear fish and other aquatic prey from the sea.

Dinosaur Jokes For Kids

  • Keep adding to the craft with these hilarious jokes! 
    • Your kids will love these eye-roll worthy dinosaur jokes.
  • Which is the scariest dinosaur? 
    • A Terror-dactyl.
  • What do you call a dinosaur that knows a lot of words?  
    • A thesaurus!
  • What do you call a dinosaur with no eyes?   
    • Doyouthinkhesaraus (Pronounced: Do-you-think-he-saw-us)
  • Why should you never ask a dinosaur to read you a story? 
    • Because their tales are so long
  • How can you best raise a baby dinosaur? 
    • With a crane
  • What do you call a dinosaur who is a noisy sleeper?         
    • A Tyranno-snorus!
  • What do you call a short spiky dinosaur that’s fallen down the stairs?       
    • Ankle-is-sore-us
  • What did the caveman say as he slid down the dinosaur’s neck? 
    • “So long!”
  • Why can’t you hear a Pteranodon when it goes to the lavatory? 
    • Because the pee is silent
  • What do you call an anxious dino?   
    • A nervous-rex
  • What do you get when a dinosaur scores a touchdown?
    • A dino-score

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