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How to Make Stick Puppets (a Dinosaur Egg Craft)

How to Make Stick Puppets (a Dinosaur Egg Craft)

Today you’re going to learn a really easy kids’ activity that’s a double whammy: it’s a craft that doubles as a homemade toy.

When my kids were younger, they were constantly putting on shows and making videos. (Mostly it was just my girls, but sometimes they would get their little brother involved too.)

Many of the videos starred their American Girl dolls, some (like “Stuffed Annie Jr.”) involved stuffed animals … and of course several involved puppets.

However, these puppets don’t need to be used for something so elaborate as a scripted production. They can also simply be used for pretend play.

If your kids are into unicorns, you could use the same process using these free unicorn templates.

We used wood skewers for our sticks, but I don’t see why you couldn’t use craft popsicle sticks (which I’m guessing are more likely to be laying around your house somewhere).

Obviously, you’ll have a thicker, more noticeable stick with the popsicle sticks, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. One plus is that you can also design your stick, if you want. Your kids might enjoy labeling each stick with the dinosaur’s name.

 

Stick Puppet Supplies

  • Dinosaur & Egg Templates (see below)
  • Craft Felt
  • Wood Skewers (or popsicle sticks)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Googly Eyes (optional, but fun!)

Supplies for dinosaur and egg stick puppets

 

Stick Puppet Instructions

  1. Download and print this dinosaur and egg template. (You can also click on the image below to download it.
  2. Image of dinosaur and egg template

     

  3. Trace printed templates onto felt and cut out two of each shape.
  4. Cut out felt pieces of dinosaurs and eggs

     

  5. Cut out and glue spots on the egg.
  6. Glue spots on dinosaur egg

     

  7. Glue the pointed end of the skewer on the back of a shape.
  8. Glue skewer on back of egg

     

  9. Add more hot glue around the perimeter.
  10. Add hot glue around perimeter

     

  11. Place the matching felt piece on top.
  12. Felt on both sides of felt egg with stick in the middle

     

  13. Continue this same process with the other pieces.

    Gluing skewer to back of dinosaur

  14.  

  15. Add googly eyes if desired.
  16. All 3 dinosaur puppets

 

Consider putting some marbles or glass beads into a Mason jar, like we did.

Not only is this a cute way to store the puppets, but it makes the perfect centerpiece for a dinosaur-themed party.

Finished dinosaur puppets 4

 

 

All 3 dinosaur puppets

Dinosaur Stick Puppets

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Materials

  • Dinosaur & egg templates (see post)
  • Craft felt
  • Wood skewers
  • Googly eyes (optional)

Tools

  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks

Instructions

  1. Download and print the templates.
  2. Trace printed templates onto felt and cut out two of each shape.
  3. Glue felt spots on the egg.
  4. Glue the pointed end of the skewer onto the back of a shape.
  5. Add more hot glue around the perimeter.
  6. Place the matching felt piece on top so the stick is in-between two pieces of felt.
  7. Repeat for same process for the remaining shapes.
  8. Add googly eyes if desired.

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How to Make a Fairy House (a Milk Jug Craft)

How to Make a Fairy House (a Milk Jug Craft)

We have a few people in my family who are crazy about cold cereal, so needless to say, we go through several jugs of milk every week.

If you’re tired of having all your milk jugs become sad little smooshed things at the bottom of your recycling bin, try transforming one into a beautiful fairy house.

Not only is this fairy house pretty, but it’s a homemade toy that can be used for lots of imaginative pretend play.

 

Fairy House Materials

Minil Hot Glue Gun with Needle NozzleMinil Hot Glue Gun with Needle NozzleMinil Hot Glue Gun with Needle NozzleArtificial Silk FlowerArtificial Silk FlowerArtificial Silk FlowerInstantGreen Moss Mat, Peel n StickInstantGreen Moss Mat, Peel n StickInstantGreen Moss Mat, Peel n StickLime GreenPaper ShredLime GreenPaper ShredLime GreenPaper ShredSelf-adhesive foam craft sheetsSelf-adhesive foam craft sheetsSelf-adhesive foam craft sheets

 

Supplies Milk Jug Fairy House

 

Fairy House Directions

  1. Begin by outlining a door and windows with a black Sharpie marker on your milk jug. You can make it any shape that you like.

    Outline door on milk jug

  2.  

  3. Use a utility knife to cut out the door and windows.
  4. Cut out milk jug door with utility knife

     

  5. Trace over the opening with a black Sharpie marker to even it out and give it a little more definition.

    Oulined hole in milk jug

  6.  

  7. Hold the brown adhesive foam sheet up to the handle of the milk jug to measure enough to cover the length of the handle. Then cut three pieces the length and width of the handle. (This will become your “chimney.”)

    Cutting brown paper

  8.  

  9. Attach the three pieces of brown foam to the milk jug’s handle.

    Brown strips held against milk jug

  10.  

  11. Use the Sharpie marker to draw a brick pattern on each of the sides.

    Drawing bricks on fairy house chimney

  12.  

  13. Cut a square out of the leftover brown foam sheet, and place on top of the “chimney”. Use the Sharpie marker to draw a square on the foam square. This is the top of your “chimney”.

    Finished chimney on milk jug

  14.  

  15. Cut 5-6 strips out of the dark and light green adhesive foam sheets, approximately 1 ½ inches wide.

    6 Strips of green

  16.  

  17. Then cut those strips into squares approximately 1 ½ by 1 ½ inches.

    Green strips cut into squares

  18.  

  19. Remove the adhesive backing and begin applying the green squares around the top of the milk jug, alternating dark and light green as you go around the top.

    Alternating green squares on milk jug

  20.  

  21. Make three overlapping layers that will serve as the “roof shingles” for your fairy house.

    Alternating green squares on milk jug

  22.  

  23. Once all green shingles have been applied, use a hot glue gun to glue the artificial flower to the top of the jug.

    Glue gun at top of milk jug

     

    Gluing flower on milk jug

     

    Flower on top of milk jug

  24.  

  25. Use the black Sharpie marker to draw some butterflies, flowers, ladybugs, or anything else you would like to decorate your fairy house.

    Butterfly drawn with Sharpie marker

  26.  

  27. Use scissors to cut out your drawings, and attach to your fairy house.

    Cutting out butterfly for fairy house

     

    Milk jug with colorful decorations

  28.  

  29. Put a handful of green shredded paper grass inside the bottom of the milk jug.

    Green shredded paper at bottom of milk jug

  30.  

  31. Cut a square out of the moss craft sheet and lay it on top of the shredded paper grass. This helps to make a flat surface to play with your fairies and garden creatures.

    Moss laid on top of shredded green paper

  32.  

  33. Enjoy your fairy house!

    Finished milk jug fairy house

     

    Inside of finished fairy house

 

Finished milk jug fairy house

How to Make a Milk Jug Fairy House

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Materials

  • Clean empty milk jug
  • Self adhesive foam craft sheets in dark green, light green, brown, purple and pink
  • Artificial flower
  • Green paper artificial grass
  • Moss craft sheet

Tools

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Black Fine Point Sharpie pen
  • Utility Knife

Instructions

  1. Use a black Sharpie marker to utline a door and windows on your milk jug.
  2. Use a utility knife to cut out the door and windows.
  3. Trace over the opening with a black Sharpie marker to even it out and give it a little more definition.
  4. Hold the brown adhesive foam sheet up to the handle of the milk jug to measure enough to cover the length of the handle. Then cut three pieces the length and width of the handle. (This will become your “chimney.”)
  5. Attach the three pieces of brown foam to the milk jug’s handle.
  6. Use the Sharpie marker to draw a brick pattern on each of the sides
  7. Cut a square out of the leftover brown foam sheet, and place on top of the “chimney”. Use the Sharpie marker to draw a square on the foam square. This is the top of your “chimney.”
  8. Cut 5-6 strips out of the dark and light green adhesive foam sheets, approximately 1 ½ inches wide.
  9. Cut the green strips into squares approximately 1 ½ by 1 ½ inches.
  10. Remove the adhesive backing and begin applying the green squares around the top of the milk jug, alternating dark and light green as you go around the top.
  11. Make three overlapping layers that will serve as the “roof shingles” for your fairy house.
  12. Once all green shingles have been applied, use a hot glue gun to glue the artificial flower to the top of the jug.
  13. Use the black Sharpie marker to draw some butterflies, flowers, ladybugs, or anything else you would like to decorate your fairy house.
  14. Use scissors to cut out your drawings, and attach to your fairy house.
  15. Put a handful of green shredded paper grass inside the bottom of the milk jug.
  16. Cut a square out of the moss craft sheet and lay it on top of the shredded paper grass. (This helps to make a flat surface to play with your fairies and garden creatures.)
  17. Enjoy your fairy house!

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How to make a fairy house with a milk jug

 

How to make a fairy house with a milk jug

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How to Make Dinosaur Footprint Fossil Cookies

How to Make Dinosaur Footprint Fossil Cookies

Got a dinosaur lover in your house?

They’ll have a blast making their favorite dinos stomp around to create these yummy cookies.

And eating them is pretty fun too.

If you want to be a little extra creative, you could make “muddy” footprints by adding a touch of water to some cinnamon and having your dinosaurs step in the cinnamon before they stomp of the cookies.

You could also sprinkle your finished cookies with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar — or even decorate them with red icing.

If someone in your house has a nut allergy (or you’re just one of those weird people like my husband who doesn’t like peanut butter desserts), you can substitute your favorite sugar cookie recipe.

 

 

Fossil Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Parchment paper
  • Dinosaur figurines (be sure to clean them with dish soap and water before starting!)
  • Cooling rack

Materials for dinosaur footprint fossil cookie

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2.  

  3. Add sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and egg to a medium sized bowl
    Add cookie ingredients to bowl
  4.  

  5. Stir until smooth
    Stir together cookie ingredients
  6.  

  7. Roll into even balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet
    Horizontal balls on cookie sheet
  8.  

  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes (you may need to flatten cookie balls with a spatula during the couple minutes of baking)
    Dinosaur Fossil Cookies in oven
  10.  

  11. Once removed from oven, use footprint of dinosaur to make imprint in cookie
    Dino stepping on cookie

     

    Second dino makes footprints

     

  12. Place cookies on cooling rack and enjoy!
    Printed cookies on cooling rack

 

Finished dinosaur fossil cookie

 

More Dinosaur Fun

 

Dinosaur footprint fossil cookies

Dinosaur Fossil Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

These fun cookies are super simple to make -- just make you wash your dinosaur figurines first!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Parchment paper
  • Dinosaur figurines
  • Cookie tray & cooling rack

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Add sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and egg to a medium sized bowl
  3. Stir until smooth
  4. Roll into even balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes (you may need to flatten cookie balls at end stage of baking with a flattened spatula)
  6. Once removed from oven, use footprint of dinosaur to make imprint in cookie
  7. Place cookies on cooling rack and enjoy!

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Dino Footprint Fossil cookies

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