Dinosaur Stick Puppets

Young dinosaur fans will love coloring our printable dinosaurs and making them into easy stick puppets.

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Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft

Materials

  • A4 or Letter size white card stock
  • Scissors
  • Any coloring material
  • Craft sticks or drinking straws
  • Glue or tape

Steps

Step 1 Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft 1. Draw your own favorite dinosaurs or print out any of these dinosaur sets on A4 or Letter size card stock:
  • Cretaceous dinosaurs - Ankylosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex (or T. rex)
  • Jurassic dinosaurs - Allosaurus, Archeopteryx, Brachiosaurus, Camarasaurus, Stegosaurus
Step 2 Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft 2. The real color of dinosaur skin has always been a mystery since fossils reveal little about skin coloring. Some think that dinosaur skin were shades of gray, green, or brown—colors that could've helped them blend in with their environment. Spots and stripes could've also provided more camouflage.

Others, however, believe that dinosaurs could have come in bright colors such as purple, orange, yellow, and red—vivid colors that help attract mates.
Step 3 Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft 3. Feathered dinosaurs offer a rather different story. Recent discoveries of feathers found in some dinosaur fossils have been shown to contain color pigments. The Archaeopteryx, for instance, has been found to have black feathers. More information about this can be read in this article.
Step 4 Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft 4. We hope that the dinosaur tidbits that we have shared above can help you decide the colors for your dinosaurs. You can, however, be as imaginative with the colors and skin patterns as you want to be.
Step 5 Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft Ask for an adult's help5. Once you're happy with the way you have colored or painted your dinosaurs, cut each one out.

*Younger kids may need adult help when cutting out some of the dinosaurs with intricate details.
Step 6 Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft 6. To turn them into stick puppets, you will need to attach a handle on each dinosaur. You can use craft sticks, wooden dowels, or even colorful drinking straws. Glue or tape a handle at the back of each paper dinosaur.
Step 7 Dinosaur Stick Puppets craft 7. Once the glue dries, your dinosaurs are up and ready for some dino adventures. Do a puppet show, use it to go along with a favorite dinosaur story, or simply play with them in an imagined prehistoric world.

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