We tried making PBS Kids’ colourful castanets – they’re a great multi-sensory craft project for dino-mad kids and make a brilliant sound when snapped together!
NB. The activity involves some hot gluing so parents’ help and supervision is required.
What you’ll need:
- Poster paint or other type of kid-friendly paint
- Metal bottle tops
- Tissue or crepe paper
- Googly eyes – available from most craft shops
- Glue gun
- PVA or stick glue
Step 1: First, cut out two oblongs about the same length as an adult’s hand and fold
Step 2: Parents – use a hot glue gun to stick the bottle tops on the inside
Step 3: Paint the outside of the card green or brown – or whatever colour you’d like your dinosaur to be!
Step 4: Cut out some triangular pieces of tissue or crepe paper
Step 5: Once the paint is dry, stick the triangular bits of paper to the top of each castanet with stick glue or PVA
Step 6: Using the PVA or double-sided tape, stick the googly eyes to the top
Step 7: Once all glue has dried, place a castanet in each hand and snap together!
Why not try making other creatures? A woodpecker or crocodile perhaps? Just add more card for a beak or teeth…
If your child can’t get enough of dinosaurs, we have two picture books and two non-fiction titles about dinosaurs in our free postal library.