How to Make an Easy Stuffed Dinosaur: Kid Friendly Projects

February 19, 2014

How to Make a Simple Stuffed Dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleeahchaa.com

One of my missions here at waddlee-ah-chaa is to highlight educational toys that inspire children to explore, create and think. A few weeks ago MacGyver reminded me of an important lesson. Simple art supplies (and free time to play and explore) are the best educational toys on the market!

At the conclusion of homeschool each day, my children are set free to play! Absolutely no structured play activities. They know they are on their own to create their own after school fun. The majority of their days are spent outside rolling in the grass with the dogs, hunting for creepy critters and building forts.

 This winter we have experienced an unusual number of cold dreary weather days. Additionally, we have all suffered severally from Cedar Fever, making it almost impossible to enjoy the outdoors. (You’re asking . . . what in the world is Cedar Fever? It is a miserable time of the year when the cedar trees release huge clouds of pollen. You can actually see it in the air and it coats everything outdoors in a yellow dust. It is a nightmare!)

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Indoor Playtime

Unfortunately for the kiddos, this has meant many days inside without outdoor playtime. Luckily, my kids are pretty darn self-sufficient when it comes to playtime.

One afternoon during indoor playtime, I found MacGyver at our dinning room table stitching away.

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Dilophosaurus

He quickly snatched up a little felt dinosaur head to show off what he was making.

Wait, wait, wait . . . I need to get my camera . . .

How to Make An Easy Stuffed Dinosaur

(Compliments of MacGyver)

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Sewing Kit and Supplies

Once upon a time, my mother was an avid sewer. She has a big stash of sewing junk. She kindly passed onto MacGyver old fabric, thread, needles, measuring tape and a pen cushion . For his dinosaur project, he confiscated the leftover felt from our Handmade Valentine Cards. That’s it, he was set.

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Dinosaur Pattern

On the table in front of him, he had a pile of felt from which he had cut the dinosaur pattern pieces. Well actually he didn’t have a pattern. He just free handed cut each piece of the dinosaur. Hence, the nickname Edward Scissor Hands. I absolutely cannot take any credit for this talent!

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Assemble and Stitch Together Each Piece of the Dinosaur Body

MacGyver cut 4 Pieces

  • 2 side body pieces
  • 1 back / spine piece
  • 1 stomach / under body piece
  • 2 blue tail pieces

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Attach the Dinosaur Head

I will attempt to explain the dinosaur head. At this point MacGyver is way beyond my skills!

  • 2 green head pieces
  • 2 blue crest pieces
  • 1 orange frill piece
  • 2 googley eyes he found in a bucket of old buttons from Grandma.

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Stuff and Viola! Behold a Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus facts Dictated by MacGyver

  • It’s name means two crested lizard.
  • It doesn’t actually have a frill. That is something Jurassic Park made up to make it more exciting and look more cool.
  • It cannot spit acid . . . more Jurassic Park embellishment.
  • It is about as big as a polar bear.
  • It is related to the Coelophysis

How to make a simple stuffed dinosaur: a kid friendly project from waddleahchaa.com

Important Lesson Once Again Learned by Mommy

Often the best educational toys are no toys at all and an abundance of junk and free time!

How do your children entertain themselves during their unstructured free time?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

elizabeth708 February 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

Too cute!

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful February 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

It is adorable. It could be a dragon, too.

Jeannine February 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

You know it could be a dragon. So versatile!

maryanne @ mama smiles February 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm

What a cute little dinosaur! A wonderful project for kids to make! Pinning this :)

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