Moveable Paper Dinosaur

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Moveable Paper Dinosaur
Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler

This little paper dinosaur is a friendly blast from the prehistoric past. Kids will love making this cute dino with moveable legs, tail, and neck.

Download Moveable Paper Dinosaur Template

What you'll need

  • 1 sheet of green construction paper
  • ½ sheet orange construction paper
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Thin cardboard (recycled snack box, etc)
  • Glue stick
  • 4 paper fasteners
  • 1 medium wiggle eye
  • White craft glue
  • Pattern
Helpful Tip:

If you like, you can glue the sheet of construction paper to the thin cardboard first, and then you will only have to cut the pieces once. However, you will not be able to use the remaining construction paper as it will be attached to cardboard. Save boxes from cereal, snack boxes, and even from the back of writing tablets for projects such as these. If you like, make additional triangle plates, a little smaller than the ones for the back, and attach them to the tail.

How to make it

  1. Using the pattern, cut out the dinosaur body parts from the green construction paper and the five triangle plates from the orange construction paper.  (See photo.)  

  2. Use the pattern as a guide to mark the four holes on the dinosaur body with a pen. (See photo.)  

  3. Use a glue stick to attach the body pieces and the triangle plates to a piece of thin cardboard. Cut all of the pieces out. (See photo.)  

  4. Position the dinosaur body pieces on the table (without permanently connecting them). The body section should be on the top with the legs, neck, and tail underneath the body piece. Using a pen, poke a hole through the marked areas on the dinosaur body. Then pen should go all the way through the cardboard, creating an indent on the body piece below (i.e. legs, neck, and tail). Next, use the pen to poke a hole through the indented area on the tail, neck, and legs. (See photo.)  

  5. Insert a paper fastener through a hole in the dinosaur body. Position the corresponding body piece below that and insert the fastener through there as well. Repeat for all four parts. (See photo.)  

  6. Glue 4 of the 5 triangle plates to the dinosaur's back. (See photo.)  

  7. Take the remaining triangle plate and cut it into six small rectangular pieces to use as toes (3 for each foot), glue in place.  

  8. Glue a wiggle eye to the dinosaur's face.

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