Make some paper plate dinosaurs with these free printable templates. We have a pterodactyl, a Stegosaurus, a Triceratops and a T-Rex to choose from, perfect for any dinosaur-obsessed kid!
This paper plate dinosaur craft is one we originally did around this time last year as a guest post on one of our favourite blogs, Learn with Play at Home. They were so much fun that we’ve decided to make them again, only with a bit more sparkle because my girls just LOVE sparkly things. We’ve named these creatures “the sparkle-a-sauruses”, and they are now hanging on the girls’ bedroom cupboard magically guarding against any ghosts or monsters who might dare to sneak into their bedroom at night. You can make some too with a few paper plates and the free printables attached at the end of this post.
You will need:
• Paper plates cut in half (standard size is best but I used the smaller size and had to trim two spikes from the Stegosaurus’s spine to be able to make it fit, but for the rest of the templates it makes no difference)
• PVA (school) glue
• Loose glitter
• Googly eyes
• Paintbrush and stapler
• Coloured construction paper
Use a paintbrush to cover the back of your paper plates with glue, sprinkle liberally with plenty of glitter and then hold up and shake the excess off. Glitter is very messy to work with, especially when kids are getting involved, so this is best done outside over a large sheet of paper to catch the spilled glitter. You can attempt to put any excess glitter back in the container by folding a crease in the paper once you’re done and pouring it back in. If the idea of working with messy glitter makes you cringe it might not be worth the stress (because remember craft is supposed to be fun not stressful). You are probably better off just painting the plates like we did in the original version here, or let the kids dream up their own way of decorating them (I’m sure they’ll come up with something).
While the glitter is drying print out the dinosaur templates. Coloured heavy paper stock is best for this part. Cut out the legs, heads and tails and when the paper plate has dried staple the pieces on to create your dinosaurs. Stick on one googly eye each and you’re done.
For lots more fun paper plate crafts visit my Paper Plates board on Pinterest!