Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Them Bones: Dinosaur Bones Tutorial

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We've been into bones lately. Reading about them. Drawing them. Learning about them at the museum. (We're so fortunate to have the La Brea Tar Pits at our fingertips!)

And along with an interest in bones comes an interest in Dinosaurs. I mean, who isn't fascinated by these gigantic creatures!!

Can you believe I did a project with my children and I forgot to document it? It's sad, but true. Which means a) I was feeling rather spontaneous when I helped them with this and b) you're stuck with these odd geometric representations of the dinosaur bone project. So....good luck!!!

The poster below is a bit of a'll also need tape, water, tempera paint and brushes. 

Step One:

Step Two: Make flour paper mache concoction:

Mix one cup of flour with five cups of water in pot. Boil and let simmer for three minutes while stirring. Take mixture off and let cool for a few minutes before continuing on to the next step. 

Step Three: 

Do this until all of the cardboard and newspaper is covered. It is both messy and therapeutic. 

Step Four: Allow to dry overnight. 

Step Five: Using White Tempera paint, paint dinosaur bone and again allow to dry over night. 

My children took this opportunity to use the completed bone as a clubbing tool as I imagine perhaps children of cavemen did many years ago (but not with dinosaur bones......even though the Flintstones makes you think they roamed the earth together.)

If you had enough patience, you could make enough bones to make up an entire skeleton!!


  1. My little boy would LOVE this! I am going to have to make some this summer! Thanks for sharing!
    Your blog is so cute- I am your newest follower! And I would love to have you follow me back!
    Camille @

  2. Hi Camille! Thanks so much for following! I will do the same. This was really a fun and easy project!

  3. This is so fun! What a fun thing for little kids! I love it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you checked out my blog and followed me too! Thanks!

  4. @someday....we had BIG plans to construct an entire dinosaur out of these bones, but only made to one bone. I will say, that one bone provided hours and hours of entertainment!!


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