Support for PBS Parents provided by:

  • Arthur
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Curious George
  • Daniel Tiger
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Let's Go Luna
  • Nature Cat
  • Odd Squad
  • Peg + Cat
  • Pinkalicous and Peterriffic
  • Ready Jet Go
  • Splash and Bubbles
  • Super Why!
  • Wild Kratts
  • Sesame Street
  • Ruff Ruffman Show
  • Mister Rogers
  • Cyberchase
  • SciGirls
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Martha Speaks
  • The Electric Company
  • WordGirl
  • Caillou
  • Oh Noah
  • Fizzy's Lunch Lab
  • Maya & Miguel
  • Postcards from Buster
  • Clifford
  • WordWorld
  • DragonFly TV
  • ZOOM
Sesame Street

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.

Produced by: Funding is provided by:
Sesame Workshop logo Sponsor Logos Image Map
© 2009 Sesame Workshop. "Sesame Street" and its logo are trademarks of Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. The contents of this website were developed under a grant, #PRU295A050003, from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
“Beaches Chrysler logo “SeaWorld CPB logo Dept. of Education logo

What's this?

PBS Parents Picks

  1. Wild Kratts image

    Wild Kratts App Teaches Young Children How to Care for Animals

    In this app, kids are charge of feeding, washing, and playing with baby animals.

  2. Curious Kids image

    How (And Why) To Encourage Curiosity

    "...when people are curious about something, they learn more, and better."

  3. Gardening Benefits image

    The Benefits of Gardening With Kids

    Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. A few containers and soil in a sunny spot will do.

PBS Parents Newsletter

Find activities, parenting tips, games from your child's favorite PBS KIDS programs and more.