Dinosaur Puppets

Meet Lenny the Longneck.  My kids and I had a blast making these cute little lunch bag puppets, then they put on a show for my husband and me. 
Thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife for the idea and tutorial on their web site.  I may or may not have needed the tutorial, but it’s a nice place to start.  Because what we sometimes need is a little inspiration.  Inspiration to turn off the tv, or quit folding the laundry, sit down with your children and make something….

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/kids/fun_stuff/arts_and_crafts/make_trex.phtml

I gathered paper lunch bags, construction paper, glue sticks, crayons and scissors.  You could use hot glue or liquid glue, but with a 3 year old I “stuck” with the glue sticks.  I also used regular scissors and the ones that make jagged edges for different looks for the dinosaurs.

I purchased both the white and the brown paper lunch bags, but we only used the white. 

For this T-Rex puppet, my son colored the the bag green, then cut out the head and lower jaw shapes.  He used the jagged scissors to create a scaley look. 

This one was my little guys, and his sister helped on the face. 

My daughter cut out horns for her Stegosaurus puppet.  She also added a tail to him. 

This is my long neck.  I cut out a long neck, and glued it onto the bag.  I think the large googly eyes would be so cute on these, but we didn’t have any. 

 This is my daughter’s Brachiosaurus.  She added a pencil on the back for support, and then taped it down using left over masking tape from when we painted her room. 

 My son balled up a piece of black construction paper for their show, End of the Dinosaur Days. I probably should have labeled this with a Spoiler Alert! You can probably guess how it ends.

 I added a tree branch to my long necked dinosaur, using construction paper. 

 Here is a close up of my tree branch, because I thought it was really cute. 

My daughter added some red and orange construction paper flames to a mountain they already had for the volcano scene of their puppet show.

 During the show, my daughter’s Brachiosaurus with the engineered neck support.  I’m glad I kept my mouth shut, because I really didn’t think it would work. 

Don’t you love the legs! Unfortunantly, the cute little dinosaurs were bound for extinction.  We had so much fun, I bet they get brought to life again.  Maybe there will be a sequel. 

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