Travelling Natural History Museum: Golden Dinosaurs Home Resource

These prehistoric dinosaur themed art activities can be used at any time with young dino-fans.

These activities were demonstrated live as part of the Golden Dinosaurs live-streaming workshop from Travelling Natural History Museum on October 30th. Watch in full below and scroll down for all the accompanying resources.


Read on, gather your materials and get creative! You can also download pdf versions of each resource.


Stained Glass Ammonite Activity

Why not merge the beauty of stained-glass windows into an iconic prehistoric creature!

Simply print off our Travelling Natural History Ammonite Image Template (to save the image for printing right-click it below and choose ‘save image as’) and gather the following INGREDIENTS:

  • Thin A4 paper or Tracing paper
  • Felt pens, Crayons or Paint

Optional extras for the advanced crafter:

  • Card or stiff paper
  • Clear plastic
  • Scissors &/or art scalpel (requires parental supervision)
  • Length of cotton or thin string

METHOD

  1. Print the TNH ammonite image onto your thin or tracing paper.
  2. Colour in the gaps, with whatever colour choice or pattern you’d like. 
  3. Hang or attach your finished ammonite in a well-lit window and watch as the sunshine highlights all your wonderful artwork!

ADVANCED METHOD

  1. Print off the TNH ammonite template on stiff paper or card.
  2. Cut out all the Ammonite chambers.
  3. Pop a little glue on the remaining ‘outline’.
  4. Stick the outline onto a sheet of clear plastic or the thin/tracing paper, cutting off any excess, to leave you with just the round ammonite shape.
  5. Colour in the gaps, with whatever colour choice or pattern you’d like. 
  6. Make a tiny hole and thread the cotton through, fastening it so it can be hung in the window, perhaps enabling it to twist and turn in the breeze.

Cross Breed Dinosaurs Activity

Have you ever wondered what the dinosaurs would have looked like if their evolution had got a little muddled up?! Search your home for the following ITEMS and you’ll be set to find out!

  • An empty cereal box
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A4 stiff paper/card
  • Coloured pens or paint

METHOD

  1. Choose and print off up to x4 of our Travelling Natural History Dinosaur drawings (scroll to the bottom of this page to download them) on your A4 card.
  2. Decide which parts of which dinosaur you would like to cross-breed, and cut out that part at the joint point along the dotted line and affix to the next chosen dinosaur – eg cut out T-Rex’s head at the neck joint point, cut off triceratops’s head and attach T-Rex’s head instead! And so on until you’ve cut out and re-joined up to 4 different dinosaurs at each of the joint points.
  3. Colour in your unique new breed of dinosaur and put aside, so you can make a display stand/background environment for him/her.
  4. Open up the top and bottom of your cereal box and cut down one side, so you can open it out flat.
  5. Draw and/or colour in one main panel of the box so it looks like a nice new home/environment for your dinosaur. Re-glue the adjacent top and bottom panels to the main panel, so it can stand up.
  6. Glue your cross-breed dino to the display stand and give your dinosaur a name!

Project Sand Dig Activity (advanced)

Everyone loves a good sand dig; they are one of the most exciting aspects of a paleontologist‘s work. Now it’s time to bring a dig site to your home! In this advanced activity for the hardcore dino-fans you will make and create both the site and the artefacts for discovery. Here are the ITEMS you’ll need:

  • Toy dinosaurs or prehistoric creatures, dino skeletons
  • Fossils, shells or anything else that looks the part
  • Playdough
  • Plaster of Paris (can be bought from TNHM)
  • A bowl of water
  • A brush
  • Paints
  • A tray or container
  • Sand (you can substitute for soil or oats or rice)

METHOD

  1. First you need to make your Artefacts: Soften a piece of playdoh up and roll it into a slightly flat ball shape.
  2. Take one of your toys or fossils and press part or all of it into the playdoh, then remove leaving a nice clear imprint in the playdoh.
  3. Repeat this process with as many toys or fossils as you wish to eventually have in your sand dig site.
  4. Make up the plaster of Paris mixture as per packet instructions (or mix 2 parts plaster to 1 part cold water, stirring till smooth and creamy). Pour into the playdoh ‘molds’ and leave to set (should take approximately 5mins to set, but leave to harden for at least 30mins).
  5. Cast out your artefacts from their playdoh molds and paint them if you wish…watery paint works best.
  6. Pop your artefacts in your tray/container and cover with the sand (or sand substitute).
  7. Mark each side of your container with North, South, East & West.

Now you’re ready to share your dig site with a budding paleontologist! Ask them to start carefully brushing and extracting items. They should log what artefacts they discover and where in the dig site they discovered them; for example: Find of a dinosaur footprint in the northwest quadrant of the site!


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