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Paper Mache Project - Dinosaur Land

Updated on August 22, 2012

Do your Kids Love Dinosaurs?

Are your kids fascinated by dinosaurs? Anything that big is bound to be intriguing. My boys have always been in love with dinosaurs. I probably know way too much about dinosaurs for a person who has not been interested in them until I had kids. As a parent, you know that once your child has found a new interest, they become completely absorbed by it. We've spent hours pouring over dinosaur books and documentaries.

If your children love dinosaurs as well, I'm sure that they have acquired a whole lot of dinosaurs. Well where can they play with them? You can build them their very own dinosaur land, complete with a working volcano. Your dinosaur lover will enjoy making this as well as playing with it.

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Dinosaur Land Supplies List

  • Cardboard box
  • Strips of newspaper
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Plastic bottle of water
  • Baking soda
  • Paint
  • Vinegar
  • Masking tape

Step 1: Add Landscape Features - Begin the paper mache fun

paper mache project dinosaur land
paper mache project dinosaur land

I used whole wheat flour to give it a rough terrain kind of look. Actually, that's the only flour I had on hand since we don't eat white flour. Feel free to use whatever you want.

Don't mind the mess in the back.

Steps to build your own Dinosaur Land

  1. Grab a nice big box and flatten it or any size of cardboard
  2. Decide where you would like the volcano and tape down the water bottle to the board. This will hold the baking soda and vinegar whenever you would like your volcano to explode.
  3. Crumple up some newspaper and tape it down with masking to the board to make hills.
  4. Mix your paper mache paste (1:1 ratio of water to flour) and dip your strips of newspaper into it and place onto the board until it is completely covered
  5. Let it dry (it will take a few days), then add a layer of white paper towel, and let it dry again. This is to ensure that the paint color will be uniform.
  6. Once it is dry, you can paint it.

Dinosaur Documentaries

The best dinosaur documentary by far is the Walking with Dinosaur series. It is spectacular and my boys have watched these over and over again.


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Step 2: Paint it up!

paper mache project dinosaur land
paper mache project dinosaur land

My son painted this by himself, he mixed all the colors to give it a nice earthy feel. I was helping him paint the volcano but as I was mixing some other colors in with the brown, he told me I was doing it wrong so I wasn't allowed to help.

paper mache project dinosaur land
paper mache project dinosaur land

Step 3: Enjoy it

Once it is dry, it is ready to be played with. Get out your dinosaurs and enjoy your new dinosaur land. My boys have tons of plastic dinosaurs and we also made some cardboard trees. My son made a coniferous and deciduous tree and a cactus as well. I asked him why he didn't place the cactus in the dinosaur land and he said that this was a warm, wet environment and the cactus didn't belong. How could I forget?

Make it work dinosaur book
Make it work dinosaur book

Dinosaur Crafts

For more fun dinosaur crafts and more paper mache fun, you can create paper mache dinosaurs as well. This book as great instructions and easy to build crafts. I love the entire Make it Work series. My children are so proud of their creations, it's so fun to watch them showing off their new craft projects.

Walking with Dinosaurs

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    • Two Crafty Paws profile image

      Two Crafty Paws 

      7 years ago

      Yes, I love it as it is cheap and with loots of room for creativity. Love this idea.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Awesome! Yes, my son would have enjoyed creating this scene when he was a little fellow.

    • MoniqueDesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @bluewren56 lm: They'll definitely enjoy it.

    • MoniqueDesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: The kids love it.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      8 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Cute idea.

    • bluewren56 lm profile image

      bluewren56 lm 

      8 years ago

      I did it with my kids when they were young, I am now waiting for my grandsons to grow a little and I can do some with them. I'm looking forward to it... great fun!

    • MJsConsignments profile image


      8 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Great lens. I did some paper mache stuff with my son when he was small but now he's 17 and not interested so it's been years!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      No I haven't made anything with paper mache, but I believe children would love doing it. Thanks for sharing an interesting hobby.

    • MoniqueDesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Deadicated LM: That sounds fun.

    • MoniqueDesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @chas65: The messy part is the best part, I think.

    • MoniqueDesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you.

    • MoniqueDesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: It's a great creative outlet

    • MoniqueDesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: The kids really do enjoy it.

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      Deadicated LM 

      8 years ago

      Cool Lens! I'm currently working on a paper mache sugar skull.

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      8 years ago

      Maybe as a kid I did. Been a long time. Might have to give it a try when the niece comes for summer vacation. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      I loved doing paper mache projects as a kid. We made our own what paste and used newspapers. We made a mess and loved it.

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      8 years ago

      I think I did...a long time a land time forgot...:) Good idea - I like your son's painting.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      8 years ago from Albany New York

      I've seen my Grandchildrens paper mache and I think it's a great thing to get into.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      8 years ago

      Papier mache is one of my favourite crafts, in fact. Great job on the dinosaur landscape - maybe next time your son might let you help paint, if you promise to follow his directions. ;)


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