Present herbivorous and horned dinosaurs - the
plant eaters and other educational themes listed in the activities
The easy horned dinosaur craft, resembling a Triceratops, can be
adapted for children two years old and older, with or without brass fasteners
that allow the head and legs to move.
Decide on a sequence that best meets your needs. Review all
printable materials and learning themes.
Activity #1: Science -Animals: Basic Dinosaur,
Herbivore and Triceratops Facts
Prepare an interesting display with your choice coloring page images
listed in the materials column.
Idea: Review the printable coloring pages in the materials column to make an
educational coloring book with a selection of horned herbivore
dinosaurs.Make a cover and back cover with construction
Below are resources to explore some basic information about the herbivore
dinosaurs (plant eaters) with interesting images.
generally defined as an
animal that eats only plant material.
defined as an animal that eats other animals or the flesh of other
having died out or ceased to exist
Dinosaurs are considered reptiles by scientists.
They had many characteristics that reptiles on earth today have, like
an iguana or
They had scaly bodies, hatched their young from eggs, and were cold
blooded. Dinosaurs were herbivores or carnivores. The
carnivores would eat the herbivores. Dinosaurs are extinct.
at wikijunior (view images)
The Triceratops is one of the most famous herbivorous
dinosaurs and the largest of the horned dinosaurs. It had a square
body and a short tail. A hard collar of bone stuck out from the
back of its neck, and it had three horns to protect itself from the
meat eaters, like the Tyrannosaurus Rex. (view
this coloring page)
Activity 2: Alphabet Activities
D is for Dinosaur or T is for Triceratops
Review materials for an alphabet letter presentation and handwriting
practice in the materials column.
(black & white format only)
Important Note: If planning to use fasteners, use a
pointed object or use a fastener to pierce through the markings
indicated in the body and through the eye in the head templates, as these
markings will get covered by coloring/markers or paint. Proceed
to color, decorate, cut out and assemble with glue (please, no
fasteners for children under 3 years of age - choking hazard)
Option 1: Print template in white color paper (recycle used
paper) and glue to thin card board for a sturdier craft.
Option 2: Print template directly onto colored construction paper
or card stock, pierce the markings for the fasteners if
Option 3: Reusing and Recycling in Action for Large
Groups ( 4 children or more).
Print the number of templates needed in at least three or four
different colors. Make sure to pierce the fastener markings
ahead of time if applicable. Distribute the templates and
have the children cut out the templates or pre-cut the pieces.
Use the left over cut out materials and redistribute them so every child
has a sampling of the three or four colors to decorate the body and
head of the dinosaur.. The children will
cut out and glue paper pieces and do a mosaic on the body
area and strips on the head area. Discuss the benefits
of these process: the material that was left over after cutting
out the templates was recycled and reused to further decorate all the
dinosaurs. Normally all the pierced areas for the
fasteners will be covered by the glued "mosaic" pieces, turn the
pieces around and re-pierce the initial pierced markings.
Craft Assembly (after pieces are decorated and cut out)
Show the small image of the
finished craft (featured in the template) to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.
Suggested assembly and decoration options:
1. For children under 3 years of age use the glue stick
method and the pieces can all be glued on the front of body
template for ease of assembly.
2. Children ages 3+ can use the
glue stick or with help from an adult attach the head (fastener
eye) and legs with brass fasteners, placing the legs in the front or
placing legs behind the body template.
3. For older children include options to make the assembly and
art appreciation experience more challenging: such as
a. mosaic with paper or tissue cut outs
b. create a collage or landscape by placing the finished
triceratops in an environment, such as a simple painted or cut out
volcano in blue background and lots of green strips to create the
vegetationthey would eat.
Rent and view a preschool video with an educational
message and dinosaur theme:The Land
Before Time videos
(ages 4+) and subsequent videos or sing-alongs are appropriate
for older preschoolers and impart good messages of friendship
and helping each other.
Herbivores - Horned Triceratops
Black & White only
Print T is for Triceratops materials
D is for Dinosaur Printable Activities
features a dinosaur
is for Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex coloring page
Other printable resources:
Dinosaurs coloring pages