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Make a Dinosaur Model

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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Make a Dinosaur Model

In this activity, learners explore dinosaur skeletons, anatomy, and locomotion. Learners compare and contrast dinosaur skeletons and drawings. Learners also work in groups to reassemble "pieces" to form dinosaur skeletons. Finally, learners create and pose paper dinosaur models with moveable parts and list different actions or movements the dinosaurs can do including eating, walking, and sleeping. This activity is featured on page 39 of the "Dinosphere" unit of study for K-2 learners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Fossils
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • History of Life
  • Mathematics
    • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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