One of my favorite letter lessons is Letter D is for Dinosaur. Fun craft, excellent hands-on activity and loads of learning fun!
This craft was one of the highlights of our D is for Dinosaur day in our preschool class, along with the ever-popular DIY Dinosaur Egg Learning Activity.
D is for Dinosaur Paper Plate Craft for Kids
The key to the success of this paper plate craft is two-fold.
- ONE: Mark each plate with a pattern prior to class.
- TWO: Plan the painting portion for early morning and the construction phase for afternoon when the paint has dried.
- Tip #1: for a large group of children, write their names on the plate BEFORE painting so that you can tell them apart.
- Tip #2: have at least one extra plate pattern handy in case someone makes a “boo boo.”
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Step 1 Prepare. Gather your supplies – draw the pattern onto the BACK of the plates – cut the sponges into smaller rectangles for easy use.
Step 2 Have the children sponge-paint the foundation color on the FRONT of the plate.
Step 3 Using marshmallows, dot contrasting colored dots on it. Let dry.
Step 4 Cut the lines on the back of the dry plate.
Step 5 Assemble using clear tape or brass brads.
NOTE: start this project in the morning to allow plenty of drying time. Resume later in the day for steps 4 & 5.
TIP: before doing anything else, put the child’s name on the BACK of the plate where the pattern is drawn.
Wait till you see the various styles your little ones come up with!
I was tickled to see the personality that showed up in each and every dinosaur.
FUN NOTE>> The dinosaur with the white body is an example of a rescue operation. Miss E had a scissor-happy time and, when she was done, her dinosaur body was destroyed. So the teachers grabbed a white plate to cut a new dinosaur body for her to start over again and she actually made a very attractive, “designer” version that we all loved! She was one happy little 4 year old!
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Be sure to check out How To Make A Dinosaur Egg. FUN!
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