Mess Free Paper Plate Dino

Our toddler is really into dinosaurs right now. Yesterday, we decided to make a mess free dinosaur. It took some time to dry, but was fairly easy to put together and provided the fun of painting without the clean up time!

Materials Needed

  • Two Paper Plates
  • Paint (We let our little one pick two colors from four options. The amount of colors you use is up to you)
  • Plastic Sandwich Bag
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eye



Start by putting the paper plate and paint of your child’s choice into a plastic sandwich bag. Our little one has been painting this way since about 6 months, so even the smallest artists can take part in this craft. Let your little one use the bag to spread the paint around.


Then just switch to the other plate and start painting again!


After the plates dry, its time to build your little ones dinosaur. One plate will the body. With the other plate, cut out two feet, a tail, and a head with a long neck.


After that, simply let your little one glue on the parts. If your child is under one, you will probably want to do it for them.




Once that dries a little, flip it over and help your child add a googly eye. If you do not have googly eyes, they can draw on a face, but we love googly eyes around here!


If you want more dinosaur fun after making this one, check out our Open Ended Shape Dinosaur!




9 responses to “Mess Free Paper Plate Dino”

  1. What a perfect, no mess way for little ones to learn to paint! I am sending this suggestion to my daughter-in-law. (And yes, I love googly eyes too…)

  2. I LOVE this idea for it being mess-free! My boys love crafts but the mess sometimes makes me cringe when they ask to paint. We will definitely be trying this method next time!

  3. Oh this is such a cute idea for a craft! My kids love dinosaurs and also getting messy, they would love this!

  4. This is so clever! My niece likes to paint and colour and oh my word the mess she makes lol! My sister (her mom) would definitely love this tip about using plastic bags.

  5. That looks like fun. I love the idea of it being mess free too!

  6. This would make an awesome dragon too!

  7. Oooh I love the idea of paint in the bag. It will be so squishy and fun for my daughter.

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    Caroline Brandt

    This is the COOLEST craft! Love that it’s mess free and dinosaurs? I would’ve loved this as a kid! -Tonya Tardiff

  9. this is super cute!! i love kids crafts like this: smart, fun and looks great!

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