Open Ended Shape Dinosaur

We work to plan activities around our toddlers interests, and currently she likes dinosaurs. She loves dinosaurs on tv, at the natural history muesum, and in books. This open ended shape dinosaur will let your little one express their creativity and create their very own dinosaur!


Materials Needed

Construction Paper (We just used two pieces, but you could use more if you wanted to)



Googly Eyes (Optional)

Crayon (Optional)


We started by cutting out shapes. If your little one is over 4, try letting them cut out the shapes! It is great fine motor skill practice. Our little one is too small to use scissors, so we did it for her.


Next, just let your little one build the dinosaur. Younger little ones may need some guidance, but older children can take the lead. We took some time to talk about each shape as we handed her them to glue down.





The last part we did is completely optional. We gave our little dino a face by adding googly eyes and drawing on a smile.



24 responses to “Open Ended Shape Dinosaur”

  1. This looks like fun – I used to love making things with my daughter when she was younger!

  2. My boys love dinosaurs. I’ll have to try this with them on our next rainy day. So simple and so cute!

  3. This is awesome!! My son as been roar-ing at me for months and I think he would get a kick out of making his own dinosaur!

    1. The little one in our house roars a lot too! She will even add in “t-rex” like hand motions.

  4. This is adorable! I’ll have to try it with my toddler.

  5. Eileen Mendoza Loya Avatar
    Eileen Mendoza Loya

    What a cool craft for little hands. My kids are grown and my grandson is still too young for this kind of activity. I will share this with my pre-school teacher-friend. She would love to include this in her list of activities for the next schoolyear.

  6. Ooooh, I can use this in my preschool class. We are learning about shapes and this would be a great project. Thanks!

  7. This sounds perfect to do with my nephews over the summer. Creative crafts are always something I am on the look out for!

  8. That’s so cute! Lovely idea to spend some creative time with children! My nephew loves dinosaurs, he will love this!

  9. This would be a great project. I can’t wait to see what my daughter would come up with.

  10. thatssodarling Avatar

    How cute! My kiddos love dinos, ill have to make this with them sometime!

  11. love this! I love when kids make art. My nephew will enjoy doing this as well

  12. Caroline Brandt Avatar
    Caroline Brandt

    This is the cutest little craft! I loved dinosaurs growing up! The googly eyes make the pic 🙂 -Tonya Tardiff

  13. My littles are obsessed with dinosaurs too! I think it was all the Jurassic World promotions lol.


  14. How cute is this fun bonding craft time with your little one! the google eyes just made it even cuuuteeer

  15. I can’t wait to try this out with my nephew. He loves dinosaurs! He makes dino sounds all day long. And I can imagine that he would be roaring while doing this. 😀 Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Our toddler also loves to make roaring sounds! Hope he enjoys making his very own little dinosaur!

  16. How timely this post is. My son is crazy with dinosaurs at the moment and for sure he will have fun making this! with roaring sounds along. Its just that he found paste so interesting it takes away his attention on pasting the papers but instead smear it all over, making a mess! Will be trying this soon. Thanks.

    1. Our toddler makes a total mess with the paste too! She did enjoy putting together her little dinosaur though, so I hope your son enjoys his as well!

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