Tactile craft idea: How to make snappy dinosaur castanets
July 10, 2017

Dinosaur castanets

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:

  • Cardboard
  • 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
  • Scissors
  • PVA or stick glue

Materials needed for dinosaur castanets craftInstructions:

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…

Cardboard with bottle tops on

A single dino castanet

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.


Support our work

Donate Online

Donate By Phone +44 (0) 1635 299 771

Donate By Cheque payable to:
Living Paintings
Unit 8 Kingsclere Park | Kingsclere | Newbury | Berks | RG20 4SW

Your guide to our website