Rainy day activity: dinosaur handprint art
Time to get your hands messy! Inspired by our recently released book, Dinosaur Atlas, we’ve created a dinosaur without a pencil in sight! Follow the simple step-by-step guide below to make your own dino handprint. Don’t forget to ask for an adult’s help when using the scissors.
You will need:
- A4 white paper
- PVA glue
- Acrylic paint (one colour)
- Felt tip pen
- Cup of water
Gather your equipment! Make sure to print off our dino template, or make your own.
Make sure to wash your hands, then paint the palm of your hand in acrylic paint!
Press your hand onto the blank space on the dino sheet. This will act as your dinosaur's body. Paint in any gaps you might have in the body shape.
Now, paint your forefinger with acrylic paint.
Press your finger onto the paper to make a leg for your dinosaur. Then repeat step four and five again to make four legs. Paint and press your little finger to create a small tail.
Wash your hands... Then cut three or four small triangles of felt to act as the dinosaur's spikes!
Cut four jagged smaller pieces of felt in another colour to make your dino's claws!
Cut one piece of jagged white felt to create your dino's sharp teeth.
Using PVA glue, carefully stick the spikes, claws and teeth onto your dinosaur's body.
Add a beady eye in marker pen.
Now, give your dinosaur a name - we've gone Lonely Planet travel-themed! Then fill in your dino's skill ratings and it'll be raring to go! You can repeat all of the above steps to create more dinosaur friends with different skills to join the herd.
Feeling inspired? Check out last month’s Lonely Planet Kids activity.