They’re a ROARing success
Inspired by the launch of Kingdom of You, our latest personalised book that is based around a child’s favourite things (including dinosaurs!), we’ve created a handful of prehistoric puppets. Not to be a big brag-osaurus, but they’re pretty much the greatest dinosaurs to have graced the earth for, oh… about 66 million years.
You and your little monsters can have a go at crafting these dinosaur puppets, too. Scroll down for our handy step-by-step guide.
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You will need:
- Rubber gloves
- Needle and thread or a stapler
- Dinosaur claws
Everybody do the dinosaur
1. Tina the Triceratops
It’s pretty hard to miss Tina, with her horned face. She’s veggie and has a whopping 400 to 800 teeth to chomp plants. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to make all of those. She’s got her mouth closed.) If you want to add some dotty spots, grab a Sharpie or Posca pen.
2. Lex the Tyrannosaurus Rex
This lizard queen is a right menace…but really easy to make. She’s a massive meat (and rubber) eater so most of the other glove gang choose to stay out of her way. Don’t let her small arms fool you – she’s quite the handful.
3. Stefan the Stegosaurus
He’s as big as a bus with a brain the size of a ping pong ball. He’s a plant eater that prefers ferns and fruit. He’s a slow moving lump that lives in a herd. And if you think he’s absurd, try other patterns for the spikes to make a totally different dinosaur.
4. Toni the Pterodactyl
Toni is pretty confused. Scientists say there’s no such thing as a Pterodactyl (it’s a Pterosaurus, apparently) and some people say she’s not a dinosaur at all. But we love her just as much as all the others. You’ll find her eating insects whilst enjoying the sea view from her tip top treehouse.
5. Andy the Ankylosaurs
Holy armadillo! Look at those huge plates of body armour. They protect Andy from attackers like Lex the T-Rex. His super-strength sense of smell means he can find his favourite plants and avoid predators. A skill not to be sniffed at.
How to make your own
Cut down the centre of the rubber glove in line with the middle finger (because that’s where your dinosaur’s head goes). Scissors are as sharp as T-Rex’s teeth! So, be careful or get an adult to do it.
Pop in a piece of felt. You can either sew it in place, or if you’re strapped for time, use a stapler.
When the felt is fixed, cut the spikes in the shape you like best.
Now chop out two pieces of felt for the head of your prehistoric pet. Make sure they’re the exact same size. We used a tiny dab of glue to fix some felt eyes, but you can sew them if you like.
Staple or sew the head to the middle finger. Just place the felt either side and fasten it around the edges.
Time for the tail! Cut from the bottom of the thumb to the top sleeve bit of the glove.
Stitch the tail to stop it falling apart. Now your dinosaur is ready to rock! (Fossil joke, get it?)
Does your little one dig dinosaurs?
Who doesn’t?! If they’re a mega dinosaur fan then we’ve got just the book. Our perfectly personalised Kingdom of You lets you fill the pages with things your little one loves. Including loads and loads of dinosaurs!