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:

  • Newspaper
  • A4 white paper
  • Paintbrush
  • PVA glue
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint (one colour)
  • Felt tip pen
  • Cup of water

Step one

Gather your equipment! Make sure to print off our dino template, or make your own.


Step two

Make sure to wash your hands, then paint the palm of your hand in acrylic paint!


Step three

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.


Step four

Now, paint your forefinger with acrylic paint.


Step five

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.


Step six

Wash your hands... Then cut three or four small triangles of felt to act as the dinosaur's spikes!


Step seven

Cut four jagged smaller pieces of felt in another colour to make your dino's claws!


 Step eight

Cut one piece of jagged white felt to create your dino's sharp teeth.


Step nine

Using PVA glue, carefully stick the spikes, claws and teeth onto your dinosaur's body.




Step ten

Add a beady eye in marker pen.


Step eleven

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.




Share a snap of your finished creation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Feeling inspired? Check out last month’s Lonely Planet Kids activity.

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