Paper Mache Dinosaurs

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In this activity (located on page 6 of PDF), learners observe and reproduce the distinctive physical features (i.e. plates, sharp spikes, long necks, deep jaws, claws) of their favorite dinosaurs. Learners construct their own dinosaurs out of recycled objects and using paper mache techniques. Learners also document and display their dinosaurs. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Recycled objects such as paper towel and toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, yogurt containers, empty margarine tubs, etc.
  • Balloons
  • Masking tape
  • Flour and water mixture (one part flour with 2 parts water until you get a consistency like thick glue)
  • Bowls
  • Shredded newspapers
  • Paint
  • Brushes


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building


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:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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