School is officially out. And while I’m loving the lazy summer mornings spent snuggling with the kiddos, as soon as they’ve had their breakfast, the youngest is ready to start his day. After a year of an amazing pre-K program, that means it’s craft time. I’m seriously having to wrack my brain to come up with fun ideas that not only capture his attention but that draw on the things that he’s currently loving. Because I know that when it comes to craft time, my little is all about dinosaurs, I decided we’d spend the afternoon bringing a dinosaur to life with a fun tissue paper dinosaur craft.
What You Will Need:
An Old Piece of Cardboard
Pen or Markers
Tissue Paper (in Colors of Your Choice)
How to Make It:
To start this simple dinosaur craft, I decided with my little guy which of the dinosaurs we wanted to make. Then I quickly drew it out on my cardboard and cut it out. *Tip: If you’re not comfortable drawing it by hand, you can print out a picture online and trace it. Once the dinosaur was cut out, my job was done and it was time to put my little guy to work.
To turn his cardboard cutout into a super cool tissue paper dinosaur, I handed him tissue paper in the color of his choice and showed him how to tear off small pieces (if your child is super young, you may want to pre-cut small tissue paper squares). Then I spread glue onto the cardboard cutout and allowed him to roll the pieces of tissue paper between his hands, crumpling them up.
As soon as the small pieces were balled up, he placed them on the glue, pushing them together so that they covered all of his dinosaur.
As an added bonus, by sitting him near me in the kitchen, I was able to get chores around the house done while he worked on his creation and with so much room to cover, it took quite a bit of time. He was thrilled as the green tissue paper began to cover his dinosaur and it started to look exactly like he had imagined.
After adding a blue eye to his green tissue paper dinosaur and ensuring that all of his cardboard was covered, we let his creation dry and then he was ready to play.
His fun craft quickly took on a life of it’s own and I loved watching how proud he was to have made this special craft that he adores. In fact, he kept taking it to his daddy and brother and proudly boasting “Look what I did all by myself!”
If you’re looking for a fun and crafty way to spend the morning (or afternoon) with your little one, try out this easy idea that not only keeps them entertained but allows them to get creative in a big way.