So, yes. My daughter loves dinosaur crafts for kids. We have actually made a few great dinosaur crafts (more details below). However, when I saw this little Snugglesaurus dino on her t-shirt, I just knew we had to create one. I would not say this was a simple craft, but it wasn’t difficult either. With a little Mom prep on the side, Sweet Pea was able to put together most of the craft herself. Read on to find out how we did it!
Snugglesaurus Dinosaur Crafts for Kids
- Purple Tempura Craft Paint
- Paint brushes and paint container
- Cereal box (yep, you read that correctly)
- Sharpie or black marker
- 1 toilet paper roll (preferably a roll that is white, but any roll with be fine)
- 1 sheet pink cardstock or construction paper
- craft glue
- yellow foam sheet
- small yellow button
- exacto knife or sharp blade
I asked Sweet Pea if she wanted to paint her dinosaur green. However, she insisted we paint it purple. So, maybe this is Dinah, not Dino. Anyway, I love that 2-year olds and young toddlers can still do so much of a craft like this. Here are the instructions for part one:
- Break down a cereal box and flip it over.
- Draw the outline of the dinosaur on the inside of the cereal box. Make sure the dinosaur has a hump and a tail.
- Let your toddler paint away! Since you have already drawn the outline of the dinosaur, the painting can really go any which way.
- For the legs, cut a toilet paper roll in half. I used an exacto knife to do this.
- Help your toddler paint the outside of the toilet paper roll tubes. I think it might be easier if you cut first and then paint. It might not make a difference though.
- Let the paint dry
Prep for Part Two
- Cut 11 or 12 semi-circles from the pink cardstock or construction paper. These will be the Snugglesaurus bumps.
- Cut 5 or 6 small hearts from the pink paper. I drew mine free hand, but it is easy enough to use a heart paper punch, die cut machine, or other template. These are for the Snugglesaurus spots.
- Cut one larger heart for the eye. Be careful not to make it too large. It is really just a little larger than the Snugglesaurus heart spots.
- Cut a long slim oval for the mouth.
- Cut the bow from the yellow foam sheet. Fold the foam sheet in half and cut a triangle with a wide point so there is a ‘bridge’ for the button.
- With the sharpie draw the eye, mouth, and toes for the Snugglesaurus.
- Use the exacto knife to cut even slits (about 1 1/2″ deep) into the toilet paper roll halves.
- Assemble all of the dinosaur body pieces and some glue.
- Since Sweet Pea is still not so great with the glue, I squeezed the glue dots onto the Snugglesaurus and Sweet Pea stuck the various body decorations onto the dinosaur body. If you didn’t want a mess, you could also use glue dots, double-sided tape, or paper crafting dimensional stickers to stick everything on.
- Start with the dinosaur bumps and glue them to the back of the Snugglesaurus.
- After the bumps are done, turn the Snugglesaurus over and glue on the heart spots, eye, and mouth. For the mouth, fold the slim oval strip in half and glue it to both the front and back of the Snugglesaurus.
- Finish with the bow. Glue the bow to the top of the Snugglesaurus head and then glue the yellow button onto the center of the bow.
- Stick the Snugglesaurus body into the slits you previously cut for the feet.
And that is it! Isn’t this such a cute dinosaur craft?
There are really so many cute dinosaur crafts for kids ideas.
Thanks for reading and happy crafting with your kids!