When my eldest was little, he was really into dinosaurs and all things prehistoric, and his little brother decided that he is ‘into’ dinosaurs now (Hurrah, this was a moment I had been waiting for, I LOVE dinosaurs!), so I thought this peg dinosaur craft would be a fun, easy activity to try with them both. It also follows Montessori principles of your toddler gaining ‘practical life skills’, in terms of being able to clip and unclip the pegs. Just bog-standard clothes pegs are just fine- you don’t need to spend a lot of money or have anything fancy to make this craft!
The aim of this peg dinosaur craft is for your toddler to roll a die, count the dots, and then clip the same number of pegs onto the dinosaur. This encourages your toddler to gain confidence in counting, as well as to enhance their eye hand co-ordination, develop pincer grip, patience and concentration, dexterity, and strengthen their fingers and arm.
You will need for your peg dinosaur craft:
- Strong card
- Black marker pen to draw your dinosaur
- ‘Wobbly eye’ (optional)
- 6 Clothes pegs
- A dice (not pictured, it took me ages to find one! NB must buy more die)
Instructions for the peg dinosaur craft:
- Gather your materials together, and then start by drawing a dinosaur shape on the piece of card with the marker pen. I’m sure most of you will draw better dinosaurs than me!
- Cut out your dinosaur.
- Add a ‘wobbly eye’ to your dino.
- Now get your toddler to roll the dice, and then clip the right number of pegs (as per the number on the dice) to the back of the dinosaur.
- Repeat until bored! Pegs seem to keep my little ones occupied for ages.
If you enjoyed this blog post, you can check out some more of my crafts and activities for kids here!