Dino Dan's Pasta-Saurus

Dino Dan's Pasta-Saurus

All you need is pasta and glue, and your dino designer can "cook up" this terrifying Triceratops!

Find the dino detective only on Nick Jr.Find the dino detective only on Nick Jr.

Dino Dan's Pasta-Saurus

Craft Features

Lots for Kids to Do
This craft has plenty of steps kids can do, like tracing, coloring, decorating, and cutting with safety scissors.

Developmental Skills

Create with Us
Create with us skills involve self-expression, experimentation, and imagination through visual arts (like painting and sculpting), dramatic play, cooking, and dance.
Ages: 3-6

Materials

  • Dark-colored construction paper
  • Pastas of various sizes (macaroni, penne, fusilli, gemelli, elbows, thick spaghetti)
  • Printable Triceratops Skeleton
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or colored pencils (optional)
  • Craft glue (such as Elmer's)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Print out the Dinosaur Triceratops Skeleton on regular white paper. Mom and Dad, you can help cut out the dinosaur along the dark outlines. Neatness doesn't count!

  2. Step 2

    Paste the dinosaur to the construction paper. Press down and smooth out any uneven surfaces.

  3. Step 3

    Little archeologists may want to color in the shapes of the same size with the same color crayon or pencil to help guide them when gluing. (This step is not essential, but it might help your dino lover to apply the same size pasta to the areas that feature the same color.)

  4. Step 4

    After your child has colored in her dino, let her start applying the craft glue to one area at a time and placing the pasta on top. Try macaroni or penne for the thicker bones, but whatever pasta you have in the kitchen will work well. Press down firmly but gently on the pasta. It should dry in just a couple of minutes. Do one section at a time, to avoid getting too much glue on little hands.

  5. Step 5

    Your dinosaur expert can experiment with pasta to her heart's content. This is free art, so anything goes. When she's done, add a title to the skeleton by cutting out the Triceratops label and pasting it on. Then, have the artist sign her masterpiece!

  6. Step 6

    Get fancy. Add some pasta decorations and adornments to your dino digger's bone collage. We made a few trees, but kids' creative minds can conjure up a whole host of special backgrounds and flourishes. Post in a prominent place so everyone can admire this "pasta-saurus" created by your own kid.

  1. More Dino Dan
    1. Dino Dan's 3-D Mobile

      Turn printables and pipe cleaners into a hanging craft with your dino fan!

    2. Dino Dan Dinosaur Pennants

      Got a dino fan at YOUR house? Decorate kids' rooms with these Triassic triangles!

    3. Dino Dan's Dinosaur Nest

      Kids will eat up the idea of dinosaur eggs resting in this sweet nest

    4. Dino Dan's Field Guide

      Put those dinos in their place! It's a dino-packed scrapbook journal just for kids

    5. Dino Dan Binoculars

      Dinosaurs are on the prowl! Now your kid can can scope them out just like Dino Dan

    6. Decorated Dino Photo Frame

      Add a dash of dinosaurs to your family photos

    7. Prehistoric Pencil Toppers

      Just a few scissor snips, and you've made these colorful dinosaur toppers in a snap!

    8. Dino Dan Iron-On Patches

      Deck out your Dino Dan fan with these awesome dinosaur designs--so easy even a dinosaur could make them

    1. More Decorating
      1. Nick Jr. Easter Egg Wreaths

        Add some Easter cheer to your home with these egg wreaths!

      2. Nick Jr. Spring Door Sign

        Make a door sign that will bloom in any room!

      3. Nick Jr. Spring Mobile

        Shower your little flower with quality crafting time!

      4. Peter Rabbit Egg Basket

        Create this simple paper basket and make it a Hoppy Easter!

      5. Umizoomi Spring Mobile

        Spring into action to create a high-flying hanging craft

      6. Bubble Guppies Box Planters

        Add some blooms to your kids' rooms with their favorite guppies!

      7. Dora Spring Flower Wreath

        Make a colorful decoration bursting with blooms with this easy craft!

      8. Backyardigans Spring Mobile

        Make this mobile and swing into spring!

      9. Olivia Family Key Holders

        Handy hangers for your family to hang the keys to your castle

      10. Miss Spider Decorative Egg

        Invite Miss Spider to your house for an egg-cellent Easter!

      11. Little Bill Decorative Egg

        Big smiles, Little Bill. Decorate everyone's favorite little friend

      12. Brobee Decorative Egg

        Bring home a little bit of Brobee with this super springtime craft!

      13. Egg Decorating

        It just wouldn't be Easter without this colorful family craft!

      14. Foofa Decorative Egg

        Make any egg more festive with a little help from Foofa!

      15. Kai-lan Juice Box Planters

        Kai-lan and friends are preparing for spring. Watch their garden grow!

      16. Backyardigans Pop-Up Garden

        Adorn your table with this easy, eye-popping Backyardigans craft

      17. Tissue Paper Flowers

        Make a bunch of beautiful blooms for Mom!

      18. Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Lacing

        Kids are going to have sew much fun embroidering eggs!

      19. Lalaloopsy Embroidery Craft

        Kids are going to have sew much fun with this cute embroidery craft!

      20. Dora in Wonderland Clock

        Tick, tock, Dora and Boots are inside this clock!

      21. Nick Jr. Centerpiece

        Invite your child's favorite Nick Jr. friends to the kids table with this printable craft

      22. Guppies Centerpiece Craft

        Turn your paper plate into the perfect table topper!

      23. Nick Jr. Fall Wreath

        Kids will FALL in love with this seasonal decoration

      24. Fall Welcome Door Sign

        Greet visitors with a colorful display featuring your child's Nick Jr. friends

      25. Nick Jr. Cornucopia

        Kids can help get ready for the feast by adding color to this printable centerpiece!

      26. PAW Patrol Pupcorn Holders

        Print, fold, and fill with finger-licking treats!

      27. PAW Patrol Goody Bags

        Create personalized "doggy bags" for PAWesome party guests!

      28. Father's Day Goody Bags

        This goody bag is dressed up for Dad's special day!

      29. Jewel Savings Bank Purse

        Here's a printable purse that's fashionable & makes saving pennies fun!

      30. Peter Rabbit Savings Bank

        Fill up Peter's wagon with enough coins to buy radishes!