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Paper Mache Project - Dinosaur Land
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.
Dinosaur Land Supplies List
- Cardboard box
- Strips of newspaper
- Plastic bottle of water
- Baking soda
- Masking tape
Step 1: Add Landscape Features - Begin the paper mache fun
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
- Grab a nice big box and flatten it or any size of cardboard
- 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.
- Crumple up some newspaper and tape it down with masking to the board to make hills.
- 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
- 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.
- Once it is dry, you can paint it.
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.
Do you like dinosaurs?
Step 2: Paint it up!
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.
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?
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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