Skills: Cutting. Small motor skills.
Letters/Sounds: D (Dinosaur). F (fern),
A variety of 3 or 4 paint colors like: green, black, white & brown or yellow NOTE - For a great lesson on camouflage, consider using colors that match the natural environment where you live. For instance, if you live in a desert environment you could use tones of brown, tan & grey.
One toilet paper carboard tube per dinosaur, cut in half
Dinosaur outline template (print our template)
Optional: googly eyes and a sharpie for face details
Make small “blobs” of paint from each paint color all over your piece of card stock by squeezing the paint out in different spots on your paper.
Cover the card stock covered in paint blobs with plastic wrap. Use two or three pieces to make sure the edges of your paper are covered in plastic wrap.
Now for the fun part! Push down on the paint blobs and mix the paint together until the entire piece of paper is covered in paint.
Remove the plastic wrap and let the paper dry for at least 6 hours. If there are large spots of thick paint, you can dab the paint up with a paper towel before you let the paper dry.
When the paper is dry, use a dinosaur template to cut out a dinosaur shape from the painted card stock. Draw a mouth and eye with a black sharpie or glue a googly eye onto the dinosaur.
CLICK TO PRINT OUR DINOSAUR TEMPLATE
Cut a cardboard toilet paper tube in half and insert the dinosaur's legs into the rolls. Using Bramble Glen's printable dinosaur template for this project gives you correctly sized legs for fitting into the cardboard tubes.
CAMOUFLAGE DINOSAUR HIDE-AND-SEEK GAME: Take your dinosaur outside and hide it somewhere where it blends into the natural environment. Have a friend or group of friends try to find your dinosaur. Take turns hiding and finding.
Let’s Think About It/Talk About It
What did it feel like to push paint around with your fingers? Did you get paint on your fingers?
If your dinosaur was in a jungle among lots of plants and trees, would it be easy or hard to see your dinosaur? Animals use something called camouflage to make themselves hard to see. The colors you painted your dinosaur with would make your dinosaur very hard to see if it was standing still near lots of plants and trees. This is a good example of camouflage.