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Dinosaur Kids Craft – Fun Handprint Keepsake

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This dinosaur kids craft is so much fun! Not only is it great for dinosaur lovers, but it’s also adorable to give as a gift, like Father’s Day! Dads will love knowing that they’ll have their very own homemade craft and they can show off and keep forever!

How to Make This Dinosaur Kids Craft

The good news is that this simple dinosaur kids craft is really easy to make. It’s great for early learners and kids who like to follow directions and branch out independently to be creative. This simple craft is fun for anything dinosaur-themed, as well as a fun and lovely gift idea too. Using sticks for a border is a creative way to use something natural as an art supply and to integrate going outside during an activity!

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How to Create A Handprint Dinosaur Kids Craft

 

Kids will LOVE being able to use their hands to make this dinosaur. It’s a really easy way for them to take control and make it their own. In this video, I demonstrate how you can make this craft, but get the kids involved throughout the whole process, not just the handprint! Younger kids may need some help, and even if it doesn’t look perfect, that’s totally ok! You could even do one every year and watch the dinosaur handprint grow bigger and the drawings more sophisticated as your child develops their fine motor skills!

How to Create A Handprint Dinosaur Kids Craft

Kids will LOVE being able to use their hands to make this dinosaur. It’s a really easy way for them to take control and make it their own. In this video, I demonstrate how you can make this craft, but get the kids involved throughout the whole process, not just the handprint! Younger kids may need some help, and even if it doesn’t look perfect, that’s totally ok! You could even do one every year and watch the dinosaur handprint grow bigger and the drawings more sophisticated as your child develops their fine motor skills!

Tips for Making This Dinosaur Kids Craft

Here are a few tips and tricks to making the most out of this handprint dinosaur kids craft!

First off, you can make handprints with lots of different art mediums. One of the ways we love making them is with stamp pads! Just press your hand down on the stamp pad until you see the hand covered with color! Handprints often come out even and dry very quickly. But the best part about them? The ink is totally washable! Of course, you can always use paint – the tempera paint will be the washable kind!

Also, make sure you allow for drying time if you add a stick border. We used tacky glue as it provides a long lasting hold, but that also means it doesn’t dry immediately like hot glue! Making the stick border was one of our favorite parts. Definitely enjoy some time outside collecting the perfect sticks to make the coolest looking texture to your frame!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Have your little one put their hand on the ink pad and then press their hand down on a white piece of construction paper. 

Step 2

Draw a head and tail onto the handprint to complete the dinosaur, then color it in with marker.

Step 3

Cut out the entire dinosaur and glue it onto another piece of paper.

Step 4

Place the sticks around the edges and glue them on as a frame. 

Step 5

Add a cute saying like “You’re Dino-Mite” if you are giving this as a keepsake gift!

Step 1

Have your little one put their hand on the ink pad and then press their hand down on a white piece of construction paper. 

Step 2

Draw a head and tail onto the handprint to complete the dinosaur, then color it in with marker.

Step 3

Cut out the entire dinosaur and glue it onto another piece of paper.

Step 4

Place the sticks around the edges and glue them on as a frame. 

Step 5

Add a cute saying like “You’re Dino-Mite” if you are giving this as a keepsake gift!

More Ways to Play with Dinosaurs!

If you have a mega-dinosaur lover, like I do! Here is a fun and free way to enjoy dinosaurs while working on fine motor skills! These worksheets are printable.

This activity is all about strengthening the small muscles in the hands and fingers through using pegs or clothespins to give the dinosaurs their “spikes” back! We’ve made a DIY version of this Dinosaur Peg Game, but to make things easier for grown ups, now you can download and print our free template!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Why We Love This Dinosaur Kids Craft

Handprint art is great because it gives your child a wonderful sensory activity. Not only are they imagining how it’s going to look throughout the process and at the end, but they’re also feeling their way through the process. 

This type of project is a great way to increase their creativity because it shows them that there are so many different ways to create different kinds of art. They may have never thought to use their hands as a central part of a piece of art!

This dinosaur kids craft is perfect for working on their scissors skills as well as their hand-eye coordination. Since they’ll be cutting and gluing, it’s the perfect way to give them more practice in those areas.

dinosaur kid craft handprint

Lastly, if you decide to make the stick frame, this a great opportunity to get on your feet and explore the great outdoors! Sticks can be used in so many fun playful learning activities as well as arts and crafts.  It’s never to late to start building your collection!

dinosaur kid craft handprint

Why We Love This Dinosaur Kids Craft

Handprint art is great because it gives your child a wonderful sensory activity. Not only are they imagining how it’s going to look throughout the process and at the end, but they’re also feeling their way through the process. 

This type of project is a great way to increase their creativity because it shows them that there are so many different ways to create different kinds of art. They may have never thought to use their hands as a central part of a piece of art!

This dinosaur kids craft is perfect for working on their scissors skills as well as their hand-eye coordination. Since they’ll be cutting and gluing, it’s the perfect way to give them more practice in those areas.

Lastly, if you decide to make the stick frame, this a great opportunity to get on your feet and explore the great outdoors! Sticks can be used in so many fun playful learning activities as well as arts and crafts.  It’s never to late to start building your collection!

More Activities for the Dinosaur Lover

Here are my top picks for educational toys and games for the dino-fan!

Dinosaur Egg Discovery Kit

Discover 12 unique dinosaurs while strengthening fine motor skills while excavating them from eggs. The kit comes with 12 matching cards.

Alphabet Dinosaur Puzzle

This puzzle includes 26 easy-to-grasp pieces, one for each letter of the alphabet. A great way to encourage fine motor and letter recognition skills!

Build a Dinosaur Toy

This set includes 3 dinosaurs that can be taken apart and assembled. It includes a low-speed motor drill with 2 kinds of drill bits. Great item for STEM and fine motor skills.

Big Book About Dinosaurs

This book is the Ultimate Dinopedia for kids! It includes stunning illustrations with fun facts that are age appropriate for ages 4 to 8 years old. 

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