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Families Make It! DIY Dino Art Ideas

Got a little person who has a big love for dinosaurs? Here's some great projects you can do at home together.




DIY DINO DIG


I love a project that has multiple phases, because 1) it's good for kids to practice following steps in order 2) each phase offers a different learning opportunity 3) it gives you something to do with your kids in the morning AND afternoon. That's THREE WINS.


In Kylee Makes a Dinosaur, Kylee first goes out to the sandbox for a Dino Dig. If you have a sandbox, this is a great and quick way to do this activity. You can have each member of your family select a toy to bury and have someone else find, or however works best for you! While you're out there, grab 2 cups of sand for the next phase. Help your child understand measuring, measuring cups, and practice scooping and pouring while you're at it!


The next part of this project is to mix up the sand. You'll need the following things:


• 2 cups flour

• 3/4 cup water (add more as needed)

• 2 cups sand

• White glue (add in quarter sized increments)

• large bowl for mixing

• Tiny toys to bury in mixture

• Shallow Cardboard box (optional)

• Small rocks, sticks, branches, etc. (optional)


Now, mix up your Dino Dough! Start with the flour and add water. Mix well. Add half the sand and add about a quarter size of glue. Mix again. Add remainder of sand and more glue and water if necessary. You should end up with a mixture that doesn't stick to your hands, is moldable, and isn't falling apart.





Next, form your Dino Dough into rock shapes to crack open later or press into a box to create a landscape. Bury your Dinos or other small toys in the mixture. Add rocks, sticks, etc. on the outside if desired.


Let this dry for 48 hours and then: EXCAVATE! That dry time might seem extreme, but it gives everyone just enough time to forget what they buried and where. Perfect!




DIY DINO SCRATCH BOARD


This one is so fun and so easy, and again, a multi-stepper! Here's what you're going to need:


• Card Stock or Mixed Media paper (I taped mine down while creating this)

• Oil Pastels (or crayons)

• Tempera Paint

• Dish Soap

• Paint Brush

• Scratch Tool



First step is to color your WHOLE paper. They are going to need to push down pretty hard. The cheaper the crayon or oil pastel, the harder they are going to need to press, just FYI. This being said, I used the cheapest ones I could find and they worked great! Just needs a little elbow grease.


Pour a couple drops of dish soap into tempera paint and layer it over the top of your drawing. I ended up doing 2 coats on my scratch boards so it completely covered the color underneath.


Let this dry for approximately one nap time and then, viola! You're ready to go!

The pointy end of a paintbrush will work awesome for a scratching tool.


If you want to learn more about how to use this project as a way to teach your kids, check out the Lesson Plan Resource on the Educator Page.

There is also a really fun make-your-own dinosaur printable on the Kids Page which asks kids questions about their dinosaur from Kylee Makes a Dinosaur and gives them space to draw it out.


As always, I'd love to see what you and your family discovered and created as you were inspired by this episode or post! Post and tag @kyleemakesit or use #kyleemakesit on Facebook or Instagram. I can't wait to see it!


Watch Kylee Makes A Dinosaur





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