Dinosaur Paper Plate Puppet Craft (Free Template)

Ready to roar? Grab your craft supplies and let’s go on a Jurassic adventure. You can use our free printable template in this article to make your own paper plate dinosaur craft.

Whether crafting at home, in a classroom, or during a dinosaur themed party, this dinosaur paper plate puppet craft offer endless possibilities for entertainment and exploration. 

  • Table Of Contents:
    • Materials
    • Instructions
    • Dinosaur Template Download
    • Tips & Troubleshooting
    • Variation Ideas
    • Benefits of This Dinosaur Puppet Craft For Kids
    • Final Thoughts


  • Construction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Green paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes


Step 1)

Paint the back of a paper plate green and leave the front of the plate white, let it dry and then fold it in half so the green is on the outside. Your kids can pick a different color to paint the dinosaur to make it unique.

paint plate green

Step 2)

Print out and cut the template pieces using the free printable template in this article. For younger kids, you may want an adult to do this step ahead of time.

print out template

Step 3)

Trace the template pieces onto colored construction paper and cut them out again. 

trace and cut template

Step 4)

Glue the dinosaur’s sharp teeth to the inside of the paper plate near the edge. To make gluing easier, create a fold in the template pieces, so they form a 90 degree angle and you have a flat strip of the construction paper to glue onto the plate. 

For a good example of how to glue the template pieces on, check out the video tutorial on our YouTube channel.

glue on teeth

Step 5)

Glue the dinosaur’s neck frill and two large horns to the top of the paper plate.

glue on horns

Step 6)

Glue googly eyes to the eye template pieces and glue the template pieces to the top of the dinosaur’s head. If you don’t have googly eyes, you can draw on eyes with a black marker.

glue on dinosaur eyes

Step 7)

Cut out your last small horn and glue it to the top of your dinosaur’s head near the center.

attach third horn

Video Instructions

Prefer video instructions for your crafts? Check out the YouTube Channel for Crafty Kids Play and watch the full video tutorial of this dinosaur paper plate craft here.

Dinosaur Template Download

Grab your free printable template by using the download button after this next image. This template is for your own personal use only, not for commercial use or for resale.

You can print it on regular white printer paper or card stock for greater strength with repeated use.

dinosaur paper plate craft template below


Tips & Troubleshooting

Prepare the Workspace:

Cover the table or workspace with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth to protect it from paint and glue. This makes cleanup easier and prevents any messes on surfaces.

Ensure that the materials used are safe for children. Non-toxic paint, child-safe scissors, and glue suitable for kids are recommended.

Depending on the age of the children, adult supervision may be necessary, especially when using scissors or handling small objects like googly eyes.

Encourage Creativity:

Encourage children to add their own unique touches to their dinosaur puppets. They can experiment with different colors, patterns, or even add extra decorations like glitter or stickers.

Glue Troubles:

If template pieces don’t stick well to the paper plate when you use a glue stick, you can try white glue or double-sided tape. Press firmly and hold in place for a few seconds to ensure a secure bond.

Adapt for Different Ages:

Younger children may need more assistance cutting and assembling their own dinosaurs, while older children may enjoy more independence. Tailor the level of involvement and complexity of the craft to suit the age and skill level of the children participating.

dinosaur paper plate craft

Variation Ideas

Different Dinosaur Species:

Instead of a generic dinosaur, focus on specific species like T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, or Brachiosaurus. Provide reference images or books for children to choose their favorite dinosaur to create. Your child could also try making a bunch of different paper plate dinosaurs or a whole family of them.

Texture Exploration:

What do you think dino skin feels like? Experiment with different textures for the dinosaur’s skin. Instead of painting the paper plate, children can use tissue paper collage, sponge painting, or even bubble wrap stamping to create a textured effect.

Themed Party Activity:

If you’re hosting a dinosaur-themed party or playdate, set up a crafting station with all the materials prepped and let children create their dinosaur puppets as a party activity. They can then use their puppets for games or a puppet show once they’re finished making this easy dinosaur craft.

Benefits of This Dinosaur Puppet Craft For Kids


This fun paper plate craft allows young children to express their creativity by painting and decorating their own dinosaur puppet. They can choose different colors for their dinosaur and customize it according to their imagination.

Fine Motor Skills:

Cutting, tracing, and gluing the template pieces onto the paper plate help develop children’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. These skills are essential for tasks like writing, drawing, and tying shoelaces.

Following Instructions:

Following the step-by-step instructions for this craft teaches children to follow directions in a sequential order, enhancing their ability to understand and execute tasks systematically.

Learning about Dinosaurs:

As kids engage in making their dinosaur puppet, they can learn about different types of dinosaurs, their features, and their characteristics. This hands-on approach to learning can spark curiosity and encourage further exploration of the topic. You can read about some interesting facts about dinosaurs while you’re crafting.

Imaginative Play:

Once the puppets are made, children can engage in imaginative play, bringing their dinosaurs to life through storytelling and role-playing. 

Final Thoughts

This fun dinosaur craft is perfect for a class project, rainy day at home or for a party activity for dinosaur-loving kids. It’s not only a fun and creative activity for kids but also an opportunity for learning and imaginative play.

Stick around Crafty Kids Play for more awesome activities, printables and crafts for kids. Happy crafting!

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