Dinosaur Paper Bag Puppet

Getting started: If you're looking for good kindergarten art lesson plans, or for kids a little bit older, dinosaur paper bag puppets are a good place to begin. I like to begin this project by sharing the following book with my students: How do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms, by Jane Yolen.

Art Techniques: Drawing
Grades: Kg-2
Ages: 5-8

About this project: To familiarize the instructor with puppet making, you might want to look through the book Puppets and Masks by Nan Rump. Students will be delighted with the results of these animated dinosaur puppets. Have fun!

Materials needed:
  • White drawing paper (25cm x 35cm)
  • a selection of colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Oil pastels
  • Brown lunch bags
  • White plastic glue

Part 1
  1. Show how to draw the face of a dinosaur. Emphasize the eyes, nose and mouth.
  2. Cut out the head of the dinosaur.
  3. Demonstrate blending oil pastels, and repeat colors throughout the composition. Show how one might draw scales.
  4. Draw the tummy, legs and tail on separate paper, and cut out.
Part 2
  1. Put hand in brown paper bag so that can open and close the bottom.
  2. Glue head on to the dinosaur paper bag puppets
Save this in a notebook of art lesson plans for children. That's what I do.... remember dinosaurs can be any color a child might imagine.

Art Therapy Ideas: Dinosaur paper bag puppets are a great way to stimulate a child's imagination. Go over some of the character traits of a dinosaur. Words like strong, daring, powerful and scary might come up. Have your young client speak in first person, and be the dinosaur. Where would he/she like to roam? Who would he or she like to chase? What sort of adventure would the dinosaur like to go on? If it could go anywhere, where would it go? What would the dinosaur like to say to other members in his/her family? It would be helpful if the therapist had another animal puppet and used it to create a dialogue. Remember, when you have the art piece speak it's a gestalt art experience. To get more information on this topic, you can to refer to the book by Janie Rhyne called The Gestalt Art Experience: Patterns That Connect.