Do your little ones love all things prehistoric? If so, we have the perfect activity for them – a build a plesiosaur craft!
Not only is this craft cute and colorful, but it also provides a great opportunity for children to develop a range of skills while having fun.
Some plesiosaurs were about 4.5 metres (15 feet) long, with a broad, flat body and a short tail. They were thought to have swam through the oceans by flapping their fins in the water. They had a long and flexible neck, and captured prey by swinging their heads round and using their long sharp teeth. For more cool dino facts head on over to the Natural History Museum’s Dino Directory.
This simple dinosaur activity is great for developing your child’s cutting and sticking skills, and an awesome chance to practice some pencil control and fine motor skills as well!
And this lovely cut and paste craft is brilliant for young children to use because it’s so simple for them to put together – even if they need a little help with the cutting.
There’s a color and a plain template – so your little ones can choose the colors and decorate their cute dino as they wish.
If you’re a teacher, this simple craft could also make a lovely dinosaur themed activity for the classroom!
So, get ready to dive into the world of dinosaurs with this fun and engaging craft activity that your kids are sure to love!
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What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When making this Plesiosaur, your children will have the chance to practice and develop some skills such as:
- Cutting Skills – if you feel they’re ready, you can let them have a go at cutting out the pieces all by themselves – they’ll need to be careful and have good scissor control if they want to cut out the pieces neatly
- Fine Motor Skills – when they’re sticking and picking up and moving the parts and placing them where they need to go
- Pencil Control – if you print off the black and white version they can practice their pencil control and develop hand strength through coloring.
This simple craft will also give them a chance to practice their concentration and perseverance skills as they may find it tricky to place the pieces exactly where they want them to go.
How To Prepare This Build a Plesiosaur Craft
First you’re going to want to download the dinosaur templates by clicking on the download button at the bottom of the page – I’ve made a color and a black and white version.
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Other materials you’ll need:
- Safety scissors
- Card stock or Craft paper
- Some good glue
- Some coloring pencils or pens or other artsy materials
Once you’ve downloaded the templates, you’ll need to print them off onto paper or card.
Then, you can cut them out. Or if you’d like your children to get some cutting practice, you can let them have a go.
Then you can stick all the pieces together to make the Plesiosaur.
It can be really nice to let your kids have a bit of free rein here and see if they can work it out – kind of like a puzzle.
If they’re struggling, the order I’d do it in is:
- Stick the eye to the head
- Stick the front flippers to the front of the body
- Stick the back flippers to the back of the body
- And if you really want to test those cutting skills, they can cut out the little spots and stick them on. Now, these are probably a little tricky for some due to their small size – so they could always skip these and just draw some on
(I expect you could have worked that out but I do like to be thorough…)
The finished one should look something like this:
If you want to, you could always laminate the pieces before putting them together and use them as a puzzle. That way, the different parts would be kept nice and they can use them again and again.
After that you’re all done!
Let your kids practice their cutting and sticking skills in a simple and fun way!
But Wait… There’s Also A Black And White Pleasiosaur Template!
I’ve also made a black and white version which would be an awesome way for your little ones to practice their coloring skills and personalize their Plesiosaur in their own way!
So why not crack out the pens, crayons, paints or collage (or all of them if you’re feeling adventurous) and let your kids get creative!
I’d love to hear about what they create!