While there are many different types of prehistoric reptiles, dinosaurs are set apart because they had back legs that were straight under their bodies (like those of their cousins, birds!).
Age: Grades K-3
Prep (Time): 10-30 minutes
Activity Time: 60 minutes
Background Information for Educator:
Dinosaurs dominated the earth for over 140 million years. They came in many different shapes and sizes, and could live in a variety of land ecosystems. While there are many different types of prehistoric reptiles, dinosaurs are set apart because they had back legs that were straight under their bodies (like those of their cousins, birds!). This type of leg placement that differed from lizards and crocodiles allowed them to use less energy when they moved.
Like other reptiles, dinosaurs laid eggs and had a hole between their eye socket and nostril. They also have two holes behind the eye socket on their skull where large, strong jaw muscles would attach to the top of their skull, allowing them to open their jaw wide and bite down with large amounts of force.
While a pterodactyl is one of our plates to make, they are NOT dinosaurs-they lived in the air and are called pterosaurs!
- Paper Plates (half a plate per person)
- Various dino limb sheets (see full lesson)
- Various craft supplies
- Hole punch
- Googley eyes (optional)
- Counters to pile on top
- Begin by talking about what kind of dinosaurs you can make, show them the template, and maybe give some information on each dinosaur.
- Decorate your dinosaur body using paint, markers, or other craft supplies.
- Once their dinosaur body/paper plate is decorated, set it aside to dry. Cut out the dino’s limbs from the templates.
- Attach dino limbs to the paper plate using glue or a stapler.
- Optional: Draw a habitat for your creature!
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