40 Amazing Dinosaur Crafts For Toddlers & Preschoolers

amazing dinosaur crafts for toddlers and preschoolers

Whether you’re two or ninety-two, dinosaurs are just plain cool. While toddlers and preschoolers may not be ready for some of the science behind paleontology, they’re certainly ready for some fun (and educational) dinosaur craft projects!

Many of these use materials you’ve probably got on hand right now, and with a range of ideas for different age groups, these dinosaur crafts for kids are sure to bring hours of fun.

While all these crafts are fun and easy, some of them might get a little bit messy, and some require a bit of adult supervision, so be sure to check out the full tutorial and materials lists before you get started on a new project.

Dinosaur Feet

dinosaur feet

Two tissue boxes are turned into a pair of stomping dino feet shoes! You can decorate them using whatever materials your kids prefer.

Erin at A Bird and a Bean opted for decoupaging tissue paper to give her little crafters a chance to work on their fine motor skills and cut tissue paper squares. Add some claws made of sponge or cardboard and it’s stomping time!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: A Bird and a Bean

Paper Plate Dinosaurs

paper plate dinosaurs

Create a whole herd of different dinosaurs with paper plates, cardstock, and some paint! This is a fantastic craft for a classroom or homeschool project with preschoolers as it provides lots of opportunities to learn about different dinosaurs and their traits.

Make it into a fun game as kids learn which ones had long necks or sharp claws or armored plates. Older kids can trace and cut out their own shapes for tails, heads, and other additions, while younger kids will need an adult’s help to prepare those.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: The Craft Train

Paper Plate Triceratops

Another great paper plate craft! This one is geared toward slightly younger kids, or those who prefer projects with more creative license. A paper plate forms the frill and face of a triceratops, while colorful painting and added features give this prehistoric critter a lot of personality.

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Arty Crafty Kids

Recycled Dinosaur Figures

recycled dinosaur figures

Using cardboard tubes, some cardstock, and a paper plate, this 3D craft is easy enough for young kids while still presenting enough of a challenge to keep older ones engaged. It’s a great project to get kids thinking about things in three dimensions, and the use of bubble wrap to create a scaly paint texture is bound to be a hit!

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: I Heart Arts and Crafts

DIY Dino Fossils

diy dino fossils

This craft has something for everyone, and is a great group project. Simple homemade air-dry clay (you can also bake it to speed things up!) and a printed out dinosaur skeleton are all you need to get started.

Kids can learn about shapes and strengthen their fine motor control as they shape the clay, and once the “fossils” have dried, you can turn it into a whole new activity by mixing them up and having the kids reassemble their very own dinosaur skeleton!

Best for ages 4 and up

Check out the tutorial: Teach Beside Me

Footprint Fossils

footprint fossils

Bones aren’t the only kind of fossils dinosaurs left behind. This project uses homemade air dry clay to create fossilized footprints.

While this project from Kids Activities Blog is geared toward single footprints used at a Scout Swap, it’s also a great way to make ornaments or even to create part of a whole prehistoric scene. Best of all, it’s quite simple to do for even young kids.

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Kids Activities Blog

Salt Dough Sensory Bin Fossils

salt dough sensory bin fossils

These DIY fossils use plastic dinosaur skeleton models to provide the proper shapes. The only other thing you’ll need is some quick and easy salt dough, and your kids can create their very own fossils!

The best part is that once they’ve been baked and cooled, they can be hidden in a sensory bin so that these budding paleontologists can experience the thrill of finding buried dinosaur bones!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Pre-K Pages

Colorful Dinosaur Eggs

colorful dinosaur eggs

This craft ties in perfectly with Tomie dePaola’s book Little Grunt and the Big Egg, which imagines what it would have been like to be sent on a simple errand for a dozen eggs…except they’re dinosaur eggs!

Kids can color in eggs of their own using whatever materials are appropriate: younger kids might prefer crayons or markers, while older kids can hone fine motor skills with paints.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: 3 Dinosaurs

“Genuine” Dinosaur Eggs

genuine dinosaur eggs

This project, while originally geared toward creating colorful “dragon” eggs, can easily be considered an ideal dinosaur craft as well. Hard boiled duck eggs react with food dyes and vinegar to create a mottled appearance that definitely looks like something prehistoric!

As with any projects involving containers filled with staining liquids, you’ll want to make sure to supervise closely…or maybe even do this one outside. Potential for mess aside, even young kids can enjoy picking out colors and carefully placing eggs into the dyes.

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Hodgepodge Craft

Dino Diorama with Play Dough

Coffee grounds and cocoa make for DIY play dough with a great scent and texture. They also make it perfect as a base for a fun dinosaur-themed scene!

Kids can roll or pat it out, then add more shapes for rocks and cliffs. Then it’s time to get really creative, with lots of plastic dinosaur toys and other suitably prehistoric bits and pieces. Cover the scene with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out between play sessions.

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails

Bone Building Blocks

bone building blocks

What a great idea! This is another project that packs a lot of bang for the buck. Start with a batch of salt dough and some reference pictures (kids’ picture books about dinosaurs are great for this) of different dinosaur bones. No need to create a full skeleton—in fact, half the fun is mixing things up!

Let kids form and shape their bones, then bake them and let them cool. Then, just like real paleontologists, kids can try to assemble different dinosaurs from the bones they have, trying to see what bones might work, and what might be missing. They can even create their own species!

A great project for kids who are old enough to learn about dinosaurs, and also for those who just enjoy playing with salt dough!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Kitchen Floor Crafts

Dissolving Dino Claws

This is a fun project with just the right mix of science and mess. It’s better for older kids who can absorb more of the reasoning behind it (although who doesn’t love a good baking soda and vinegar reaction?). Most dinosaur bones, teeth, and claws, never fossilized at all and were broken down by the elements long ago.

This project speeds that up a little bit with dinosaur claws made from baking soda dough and a little dribble of vinegar to get things started.

Best for ages 4 and up

Check out the tutorial: Preschool Powol Packets

Bathing Dinosaur

bathing dinosaur

No rubber ducky required for this bathtime! There are lots of pictures in books of dinosaurs roaming through fields and forests, but what about wading into a lake or stream?

This fun project helps kids imagine perspective and think in three dimensions as they create a wading dinosaur.

Alternatively, you could even adapt the project slightly and turn this wading dinosaur into a swimming dinosaur and pair it with lessons about the kinds of dinosaurs that once lived in the ocean.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Busy Bee Kids Crafts

Dinosaur Costume Spikes

dinosaur costume spikes

We know from fossils that dinosaurs had lots of different types of spines, spikes, and plates, so for kids who love to dress up and play pretend, why not make some dress-up spikes of their own?

This easy project uses nothing but construction paper and a little glue and tape to create a crown of spikes that trails all the way down their back.

With lots of opportunity for fine motor practice and even some basic measuring to get the headband size right, it’s a great project for younger kids.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: What Can We Do with paper and Glue?

Popsicle Stick Puzzles

popsicle stick puzzles

This cute dino puzzle is an easy project that requires a little adult help. While this version from Artsy Momma uses a pre-printed dinosaur picture for the puzzle, you can also use small coloring sheets and let the kids create their own puzzles!

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Artsy Momma

Dinosaur Pets

How do you keep a pet dinosaur? First, you have to shrink them! These miniature dinosaur “pets” fit perfectly inside small jar dioramas. While this craft is quite simple, it’s best for older kids who are interested in learning about dinosaur habits and creating stories with them.

Best for ages 4 and up

Check out the tutorial: Artsy Momma

Clothespin Puppets

clothespin puppets

Chomp chomp! These dinosaur puppets use wooden clothespins to create mouths that open and close. The detail work on these is a little fine for young hands, and since it involves a hot glue gun, adult involvement is already key, but the finished product is worth the effort!

Best for ages 4 and up

Check out the tutorial: Crafts By Amanda

Sponge Painted Dinosaurs

sponge painted dinosaurs

Sponge painting is a perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers, since they can get great results without having to perfect their fine motor control. Plus it’s just a bit messy, and who doesn’t love that?

The sponge shapes are best created by parents, though kids could help trace the dinosaur shapes onto sponges if they are interested. Once they’re ready to go, the sky’s the limit!

Use a roll of kraft paper to let kids create their very own dinosaur gift wrap, or create a scene using different dinosaur stamps.

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Crayon Box Chronicles

Lego Dinosaurs

lego dinosaurs

If your little ones are into dinosaurs and Lego, these five prehistoric beasts are a must! Since Lego bricks are small enough to present a choking hazard, this project is best for older kids, and should involve adult supervision.

Best for ages 4 and up

Check out the tutorial: Frugal Fun for Boys

Dinosaur with Tissue Paper Scales

tissue paper dinosaur

What a cool texture! And with only a little bit of parent involvement required, this is a great project for independent youngsters. All you need is cardboard, glue, tissue paper, and a pair of scissors.

While you could include a lesson about how dinosaurs had tiny scales instead of smooth skin or fur, this is also just a great opportunity to work on fine motor skills and strengthening finger and hand muscles.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Mom Unleashed

St-egg-osaur Craft

steggosaur craft

These spiky little dinosaurs are made from egg cartons! Kids can paint them in fun colors and, with a little help, bend the pipe cleaners that form their spikes.

They’ll need a bit of help from an adult to punch holes in the carton for the spikes, and might need some assistance in getting the googly eyes in just the right spot, but otherwise, this is an easy craft for youngsters to work on by themselves.

Just make sure to break out the paint smocks!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Our Kid Things

Dinosaur Sculptures

dinosaur sculptures

These 3D cardboard sculptures are surprisingly easy! Kids can help trace the shapes for the dinosaur’s body and legs onto lightweight cardboard, though it’s best for an adult to cut them out. Then, bring on the color!

Markers and crayons are probably better than paint in this scenario since paint might gum up the grooves where the legs slide onto the body. You can even make a number of dinosaurs and turn this into a matching game, where kids try to find the legs that match their dinosaur!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: The Imagination Tree

Popsicle Stick Dinosaur

popsicle stick dinosaur

With simple shapes and easy assembly, this project is perfect for little ones honing motor skills and learning to follow multi-step instructions. Plus it’s got a little bit of everything, from paint to cutting to gluing to markers!

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Glued to My Crafts

Eric Carle Inspired Dinosaurs

eric carle inspired dinosaurs

Kids love the brightly colored images in Eric Carle’s books, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These are made from hand-painted papers that are painted and cut to form the shapes in the images. For a dinosaur spin on this style of artwork, all you need is a large, simple dinosaur printout, some paint, glue, and tissue paper.

The trick with this project is that the brush strokes must be light and gentle to avoid tearing the tissue paper, which might prove a challenge for the youngest kids. They might have better success with stamping their paint on instead of brushing.

Once the tissue paper has dried, it can be layered onto the back side of the dinosaur print out to create the colorful canvas.

A little adult help might be required to cut out the dinosaur following the lines on the print out. This is definitely a must when it comes to dinosaur crafts for preschool kids!

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Mommy Labs

Cartoon T-Rex Figurine

cartoon t-rex figurine

This poseable figurine will pose a challenge for the youngest kids, so save this one for preschool ages rather than toddlers. Since it involves some fussy cutting and gluing, too, you’ll need to be on hand to keep it from becoming an exercise in frustration.

Still, this cartoon T-Rex is so cute, and the fact that it moves makes it a project that’s worth a little extra focus and attention!

Best for ages 4 and up

Check out the tutorial: Instructables.com

Dinosaur Masks

dinosaur masks

Technically, all this craft needs is a printer and some scissors, plus either elastic or some jumbo sticks depending on whether you want the masks to be worn or held up. But if you want a project that’s a little more involved, you could let kids color in their own masks for a little more creative license.

Some of these masks might be a tad scary for the youngest kids, so make sure they have a chance to see it before someone jumps out wearing one!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Itsy Bitsy Fun

Dinosaur Night Lights

dinosaur night lights

This craft uses some specialty equipment to cut vinyl shapes to adhere to the glass jars. If you don’t have one of these computerized cutters, you can use dinosaur shaped stickers or tape stencils to the glass and use sponge painting to create your dinosaur silhouettes!

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Made to be a Momma

Googly Eye Dinosaurs

googly eye dinosaurs

This is one of those dinosaur crafts for toddlers that just doesn’t get any easier. Paper shapes, a bit of glue, and some googly eyes for personality and these cute and cartoonish critters are ready to romp and stomp!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Mess for Less

Foam Dinosaur Sculptures

What a fun way to build dinosaurs! Using foam eggs and balls with toothpicks to hold them together, kids can paint and assemble their very own prehistoric beasts. Add pipe cleaner decorations like spikes and tails, and googly eyes to form their faces.

This one can get messy, so it might be a good idea to take the painting portion outside.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Play Party Plan

Handprint Dinosaurs

handprint dinosaurs

No list of crafts would be complete without at least one handprint project! This one also ties in with a daily alphabet project, and of course D is for Dinosaur! This one is great for toddlers and older kids alike!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Red Ted Art

Dinosaur Diorama with Volcanoes

dinosaur diorama with volcanoes

Dinosaurs and volcanoes go hand in hand, and kids will love using puffy paint to create the flowing lava on these egg-carton volcanoes. This is a great project to incorporate with some of the other paper dinosaur figures in this list!

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Still Playing School

Cardboard Tube Dinosaurs

cardboard tube dinosaurs

With a little creative cutting and some paint, cardboard tubes turn into 3D dinosaurs that stand on their own! The tutorial contains all the templates you’ll need to create several different kinds of dinosaurs, plus instructions on how to assemble them.

The cutting and assembly will need some adult assistance, but kids will love getting a bit messy to paint their new dinosaur buddies!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: The Craft Train

Talking Dino Craft

talking dino craft

Using paper plates as a base, these dinosaurs have mouths that open and close so they can talk, eat, or just roar! The cutting on these is pretty straightforward, so kids should be able to manage most steps in this project with minimal assistance.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Arty Crafty Kids

Handprint Brachiosaurus

handprint brachiosaurus

How long was a brachiosaurus’ neck? As long as you want! This project starts with a handprint, but uses some extra brushwork to add the dinosaur’s long neck and other details.

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: The Kim Six Fix

Cupcake Wrapper Dinosaurs

cupcake wrapper dinosaurs

What a cute way to add color and texture to these easy paper dinosaurs! Ruffly cupcake liners become frills, plates, and wings on these cute little critters, and since cutting and gluing is all you need here, it’s a relatively mess-free project.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Planning Playtime

DIY Dino Poo

diy dino poo

Yes, you read that right! Did you know that scientists actually study fossilized dinosaur poo? It’s called a coprolite, and actually provides a lot of information about prehistoric life. And, of course, the gross factor makes this a great project even for kids who are reluctant to get into crafting.

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: I Can Teach My Child

Pop-Up Dino Egg Puppets

What’s that? A dinosaur egg? Surprise! It’s hatched! These cute little puppets are surprisingly easy and bring a lot of bang for your buck, since all you need are the printouts, glue, scissors, and some craft sticks. Little ones will need some help assembling their puppets, but older kids can probably manage all by themselves!

Best for ages 3 and up

Check out the tutorial: Red Ted Art

Egg Carton Dino Spikes

The lumpy bumpy texture of egg cartons makes them perfect for so many dinosaur crafts, including this fun spiky hat!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Crafty Morning

Riding Dinosaur

This is a project that requires lots of help from a grown up, but the end result is a dinosaur that can be used like a hobby horse or even as a costume, so even the youngest kids will enjoy helping put it together.

Save simpler tasks, like helping to paint the box or adding decorations. You can even customize the dinosaur to feature your kids’ favorite types!

Best for ages 2 and up

Check out the tutorial: Adventure in a Box

Be A Paleontologist

be a paleontologist with salt dough fossils

Your pint-sized paleontologist will love digging these homemade fossils out of the sand.  Making salt dough – 2 cups all-purpose bleached flour + 1 cup salt + 1 cup warm water – is another one of those crafting basics that Little Bins reminded me to keep in my arsenal.

Once the dough is made, use a cookie cutter to make circles and create your fossils.  Leave them out to air dry 24-48 hours. We go through a lot of salt dough in our various crafting pursuits so this is another staple you’ll want to have on standby.

From:  Little Bins For Little Hands

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