For all the little dinosaur fans out there, here comes a cute walking dino craft! This paper plate dinosaur craft for kids is so easy to make and comes with a printable dinosaur template.
The interactive part we have added to this craft makes it so much fun for kids. Move the popsicle stick forward and you will see the dinosaur walking. Want to see it jumping? Move the popsicle stick up and down!
This fun paper plate craft is a great craft idea to do with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and to add to your dinosaur lessons in the classroom.
If you like dinosaur crafts, you may also want to check out our printable dino-hug craft which we made for Father’s day.
There are many different types of dinosaurs identified and the one we have made is a stegosaurus!
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What type of dinosaur is a stegosaurus?
Stegosaurus is a herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaur with a spiked tail and large upright plates along the back.
Why did stegosaurus have plates?
Scientists believe the triangular plates helped to regulate temperatures in the stegosaurus’s body.
Supplies you need to make a paper plate dinosaur craft for kids
- Popsicle stick
- Paper plate
- crayons/watercolor/acrylic paint
- PVA glue
- Craft knife (for use by grown-ups only)
- Googly eyes
- dinosaur craft printable (You can download it by signing up to our newsletter below)
- White cardstock
Watch the dino walking in the below video!
Tutorial- How do you make a paper plate walking dinosaur craft?
To make our fun walking dino craft, first, get a clean white paper plate. We will paint a forest theme on the paper plate for the dino to walk.
We painted the sky first using light blue watercolor. You may also use crayons or acrylic paint for this. Watercolor may turn the paper plate a bit soggy if you add a lot of water.
Then we painted a small sand hill for the dino to walk on and a tree near it. You can add more trees, leaves, rocks, etc. if you want. Let the kids use their own imaginations to make a beautiful forest theme!
We added the sun and some clouds to the sky. Wait for the paint to dry completely.
Download our free dinosaur craft printable by signing up for our newsletters. Print it on white cardstock.
Now draw some circles in different sizes on the dinosaur body. Also, draw a small mouth. Now, color it and cut it out. Add two small Googly eyes. You just made a cute stegosaurus!
Stick a popsicle stick behind the dino’s front leg using PVA glue. While the glue is drying, let’s make a small slit on the paper plate using a craft knife (grown-ups only) along the top of the sandhill. Make sure you don’t make a cut on the paper plate rim, to prevent the paper plate from tearing apart.
Now the fun part begins. Insert the dinosaur craft with the popsicle stick through the slit we made. The dinosaur will look like it is standing on the sandhill while you are holding the popsicle stick behind the paper plate. Gently move the popsicle stick forward and you will see the dino walking with a happy face!
We made one more walking dinosaur from the same template!
Fun dinosaur facts for kids
- Dinosaurs lived on earth millions of years ago!
- Scientists beleive that birds evolved from a group of two-legged dinosaurs called theropods.
- Dinosaurs reproduced by laying eggs.
- Dinosaur fossils have been found on all contintents, even Antartica!
- Dreadnoughtus dinosaur is beleived to be the largest animal ever to walk on earth!