These cute little dinosaur models will keep the kids amused for hours.
A great activity for all the family, and a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Kids love to learn and create and this tutorial will give them a step-by-step guide to making moveable dinosaur animal models.
As there is cutting and hole making involved, they will need help from an adult.
Why not spend the afternoon together creating these cute animals.
Grab the materials, pull up a chair and let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need.
For the templates, use the thickest card your printer will alllow.
This means they can be used time and time again,
Adult supervision is required when using scissors and hole making tools.
When using double sided sticky tape, please note that after time the glue on the tape may dry out.
If you use a nice thick card for the project, your dinosaur will stand better.
Don’t worry if you only have a small piece of thick card, try using it just for the legs and the tail.
These parts take the most weight and need to be fairly thick.
You can print off the templates for the dinosaur here:
The next step is to carefully cut around all the shapes.
Try and be as neat as you can with this.
Adult supervision and help is advised for this part.
Once you cut out your shapes, lay them carefully on your chosen card stock and draw round them.
If you use a pencil, you can rub out any marks that show once you have cut them out.
Cut out all the shapes as carefully as you can.
Make sure you put the templates away in a safe place.
You will be able to use them time and time again.
We are now ready to assemble our Dinosaur.
Lay all the pieces out to check you have them all.
You can choose any colour and pattern of card stock.
You could even use a different colour for each piece and make a funky Dinosaur.
To give Dino more depth, draw around the edge or shade in parts using a contrasting colour.
You don’t have to, it’s your Dinosaur and the choice is yours.
First thing we need to do is make the tail.
Stick the two tail pieces together.
This will make a nice strong stand for the Dinosaur to lean on.
You only need to glue one side of the tail.
If you have plenty of time, it’s a good idea to lay a heavy book on the tail until it is dry.
This will make sure that the tail is nice and flat. Don’t worry if you can’t wait though.
Once the tail is dry, we need to attach it to the main body of the Dinosaur.
To do this we will sandwich it in between the two inner body pieces.
An adult will need to make the hole as you need a sharp tool for this.
I have an old piece of thick wood that I use so I don’t ruin table tops or furniture.
You can use a large rubber placed behind the template.
Great care should be taken when making the holes.
We now need to assemble the body and tail.
Glue one side of the inner body.
Make sure you don’t put glue near the hole.
The tail needs to move up and down.
Again if you have time, once you have assembled this part, put it under a heavy book so it dries flat.
Place the tail in between the two sides and secure by inserting the split pin through the hole.
Lay the other pieces on the dinosaur.
You can position the arms and legs where you want.
Once you are happy with the position mark where you want the split pins to go using a pencil.
Take the parts back off the dinosaur so you can add the arms and legs to the side pieces.
By adding them to the side pieces, we can hide the back of the split pins once we attach the side to the inner body.
Make holes for the arms and legs as you did for the tail.
So that the arms and legs are in the same place on each side, lay them together.
You will then be able to make a hole in the second piece by inserting the hole making tool in the hole that is in the first piece.
Do this for both the arms and then the legs.
Insert the split pins for the arms and legs.
When you open the back of the split pin on the arms, make sure it doesn’t peep out from the body piece.
Check that you are putting the correct arm and leg on each side.
You will see below that the arms split pins have been opened down the body.
This means that they will not show.
It is an idea to secure them with tape or they will twist and you will see them.
For extra stength I have glued both sides of the side pieces.
It’s not essential to do this and will take longer to dry.
It is a good idea to make sure the glue is close to the edges to get a nice neat finish.
Glue the head pieces and add them to the correct side of the dinosaur.
You don’t have to add these pieces if you don’t want to.
It does give a nice 3D effect though.
It’s now time to add the facial features.
You can change the look of the dinosaur face with how you place the black part of the eye.
If you place the black piece on one side of the white, he will look forward.
If you place it on the other side, he will look behind him.
Or how about making one look forward and one look back.
Don’t forget to glue the nostrils on too so he can smell.
To make the dinosaur stand, gently tease the legs apart.
About an inch should do the trick.
Take care with this as you don’t want to crease the leg or he will fall over.
You can also adjust the tail position to help Dino stand up.
And now you can sit back and admire your fantastic creation.
All you need to do now is make him a friend or two or three or more !
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Happy Crafting and have fun
The Crafty Co