If you've got little dinosaur lovers in the family, then you'll be pleased to know that there are so many different roarsome crafts, games, and activities that you can do and play at home with your kids.
From egg hunts to frozen fossils - you'll be lost for choice. We've rounded up our eight favourite ideas for some dino-mite fun, check them out!
DIY Dinosaur Feet
If your kids have ever wanted to stomp around like dinosaurs, then this is a great crafts activity for you - and is perfect for playing dress-up.
All you'll need is 2 empty tissue boxes, scissors, 2 different coloured bits of paper or card (we'd recommend green and red), and glue.
1) Cover all sides of the tissue boxes with the green coloured card, cutting and glueing it down to size. Don't forget to leave a hole at the top for your little one's feet!
2) Using the red coloured card, cut out triangular-shaped claws and glue this down to the front of your tissue box.
3) It's time to start stomping!
(For bigger feet, this can be replicated with cereal or shoe boxes - and colours can be alternated too!)
Paper Plate Dinosaurs
Who knew that with just some paper plates, some paint, and scissors, that you and the kids could have so much fun easily crafting your very own dinosaurs? Check out this simple video to learn how!
An exciting and innovative game that your kids will love is Frozen Fossils. How does it work?
A day or two before the game, fill up a large empty tub or container with water. You'll need to place several small dinosaur toys and/or related objects into the water, and place it in the freezer. You've now created your very own fossil! When it's completely frozen and the kids are ready to play, they can use objects such as mini spades, plastic utensils, or anything else you deem safe for a digging tool and get hunting for those dinosaurs! Not only will it keep them occupied for a good while, but it's also so much fun. (Tip: If you want to avoid a mess, play in the garden if you've got one. If not, be prepared to mop up some water!)
Sandpit Fossil Dig
Similar to the frozen fossil game, this one is all about finding those dinosaurs. Instead of having to hack away at the ice, this activity is much simpler in that all you have to do is bury little dinosaur toys in either a sandpit or a tuff tray. Your mini palaeontologists will be able to have a good old dig and plenty of fun playing with the sand.
Not only are these extremely tasty, but your kids will absolutely love helping to bake and decorate the dinosaur footprints!
You'll need: 325g plain flour, 200g cubed butter, 125g caster sugar, 2 egg yolks, 1 tbsp milk, a few different toy plastic dinosaurs with different shaped and sized feet, 1 egg, and several different coloured icing pens.
1) Beat and mix the flour and butter in a large bowl until you're left with a crumbly dough.
2) Mix in the sugar, egg yolks, and milk until the mixture is fully combined and smooth.
3) Sprinkle flour lightly on a surface and use this to roll your dough into a cylinder. Wrap the mixture tightly with clingfilm and place in the fridge for around an hour.
4) Heat your oven to 200°C/180°C fan - and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
5) Unwrap your dough, and cut into several half centimetre thick pieces. Place these on the prepared trays.
6) Here's where the real fun happens. Get your kids to place the feet of their dinosaur toys in flour, and press down on the top of each of the biscuits - leaving fossil-like imprints.
7) Beat your egg and brush the top of the biscuits with it gently. Then, place in the oven for around 15 minutes or until the biscuits begin turning golden.
8) Remove from oven and allow to cool. It's also a great idea to re-imprint the dinosaur feet while the biscuits are still warm to ensure the best shape.
9) Using your coloured icing, fill in the feet imprints and allow to set. Then, enjoy your marvellous creations and dig in!
Salt Dough Fossils
You won't have to wait millions of years for these fossils to develop - and if you've got little ones learning about dinosaurs then this not only makes for a fun dinosaur craft activity but a perfect teaching opportunity too!
You'll need: salt dough (you can find a recipe here), toy dinosaurs, and different coloured paints.
1) Split the dough into several different pieces for your children and roll this out to around 2/3cm thick.
2) Press the toy dinosaurs/their feet into the dough. Allow to dry on baking trays in the oven for around 2 hours on very low heat.
3) You can then begin painting your fossils in whatever colours you'd like. Allow to dry and you've got your very own fossils to keep forever!
Dino Egg Hunt
A fun game that the whole family can get involved in, why not try out your own dinosaur egg hunt?
If you've got any plastic eggs laying around the house left-over from easter, you're in luck. Fill these with mini dinosaur toys or other related objects and hide these around the house/in the garden. You can create a list of dinosaur-related clues, and send your mini explorers hunting!
These colourful little creatures make for such a fun activity and are great for your kids to play with. Even better? You only need balloons, coloured paper, and sellotape to create them!
Begin by blowing up a few balloons in different sizes and colours. With your coloured paper, you can then sketch and cut out a pair of front and back legs, a head, and a tail for each dinosaur. Depending on the dinosaur, you may also want to create some spikes to go on the back. When you're done cutting these out, use your sellotape to carefully stick them onto your balloon. Draw or use googly eyes on the head - and you've got yourself your very own little dinosaurs!
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