DLTK's Crafts for Kids
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" You could also print each template twice (four times for the legs) and print the extras in reverse. Then you
could paint them in the same manner as the first set (just remember to keep the pieces in reverse), and glue them to the back of the puppet after the strings or straws
are attached so it will be double sided."
- two or three 2 ft pieces of wool or string (the smaller the kids, the shorter you should make it... You can always shorten it later if you need to),
- a few shorter snippets of wool or string
- Optional: straws (Gayla wrote that flex straws are really neat to use.)
- a printer,
- something to color or paint with (I like paint
for this project as there are a lot of pieces to color and paint goes a bit quicker --
the one in the photo above is brush, finger and rag painted... What a lovely mess we
- Optional: a rag
- some poster board or cardboard (empty cereal boxes work great and we recently discovered frozen food dinner boxes also work *grin*)
- and 5 pieces of paper .
- Print out the template (4 templates... Print the
leg twice = 5 pages).
- Cut the template pieces out
- doesn't have to be exact at this point, because we'll have to cut the pieces out again.
- This is a good time for younger kids to do the cutting.
- Just tell them to cut about an inch or two
outside the lines.
- Glue the pieces to the cardboard, SEPARATELY
(don't try to make it look like a dinosaur yet).
- Color or paint the template pieces as
appropriate (you don't really need to wait until the glue dries, but you certainly can!).
- Optional: if you chose to paint, let dry
for about 10 minutes.
- Then take a rag and dab it on the paint.
- It will give a rough texture to the paint (dinosaur skin looking).
- We've done this in our photo.
- You could also try painting light green or brown,
letting dry and then taking bubble wrap with darker green paint on it and pressing it on
the dinosaur to make a different, sort of circle-ish, texture.
- Once dry, cut out the template pieces (this is
where an adult will come in handy... cardboard is a bit tougher to cut through).
- Turn the pieces all face down and assemble them
on the table to look like a dinosaur, leaving about an inch between each piece.
- Take snipets of string and glue them to connect the pieces (then tape for added support). (see the picture below)
- Optional: instead of string, use the straws
for the legs and tail. This will keep them from spinning in the wind if you don't
attach long strings to them.
- Take your 2 or 3 long strings and glue/tape them
to the back of the head, tail and body. If you chose to only use 2 you can either
skip the tail or the head (we skipped the tail)
- You could take 5 strings and attach to the legs
too, but it was my experience that this was too hard for the kids to manipulate (they only
have 2 hands after all!).
- You could take 5 strings and attach to the legs too, but it was my experience that this was too hard for the kids to manipulate (they only have 2 hands after all!).
- Now lay it down on the table and stretch the
- Measure and trim so the strings are the right height for your child (leaving enough to make loops in the end of the string) and
- so the strings are all the same length with the
dinosaur positioned normally.
- Tie loops in the ends of the string to put your
- Once everything including the string attachments
are completely dry, you can make your dinosaur puppet strut its stuff and move its head
- Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).