Dinosaur Sock Puppet

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In this activity about dinosaurs, learners first participate in a group discussion about where and when dinosaurs lived, how big they were, and who studies them and how. Then, learners use their imaginations to create dinosaur puppets with recycled art supplies and a sock, while considering what features their dinosaurs need. Learners make up stories to go along with their puppets and are encouraged to put on impromptu shows. A list of discussion questions is included in this resource to further the learning.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • socks
  • glue
  • cardboard ovals (3.5cm x 5cm)
  • recycled art supplies (eg, buttons, packing peanuts, etc.)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment
  • Performing Arts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access