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Build Your Own Dinosaur!

Use everyday recycled materials to design your own dinosaur model.


  • Recycled household objects such as toilet paper rolls, boxes, egg cartons, plastic bottles, empty containers
  • Masking tape
  • Paint


  1. Make a pile of the recycled materials so that you and your child can see everything you have to work with.
  2. Select something that can be used as the body of the dinosaur such as a large box.
  3. Find something that can be used as the neck, such as a paper towel roll.
  4. Pick something that can be used as the head such as a plastic container or tissue box.
  5. Select something to use as the tail such as a plastic bottle or a piece of rolled up newspaper.
  6. Find four small items to use as legs such as four toilet paper rolls.
  7. Now that you have all of the dinosaur parts, help your child tape them together to build the dinosaur.
  8. Together, paint the dinosaur and give it eyes, a mouth, and scales. Now you have your very own dinosaur model!

Talk About It

Do an internet search or read a book about dinosaurs to learn more about them. What did they eat? Where did they live? How did they move? Pretend to be dinosaurs living millions of years ago!

Take It Further

There are lots of great ways to use recycled materials in craft projects. Save large boxes to make forts and small boxes and paper towel rolls to create things such as houses for stuffed animals. Try drawing a plan first as a blueprint and then pick recycled materials that you can use to build your structure.

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