We love crafts that give a little than just looking great and getting creative. I think this is one of the reasons why I love STEAM activities the most where you get creative and then use your creation in a science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics activity. This balancing dinosaur STEAM project for kids is ideal for our storybook summer dinosaur week and younger and older children will love getting creative and then the challenge.
This STEAM activity invites your children to craft a dinosaur that will balance on two clothespins. It will be fun for them to create and decorate a dinosaur using a paper plate. Then they will paint two clothespins to match the dinosaur. Finally, they will come up with at least one way to position the clothespins so the dinosaur will balance on the clothespins.
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Preparing to Make the STEAM Balancing Dinosaur
You will need to gather the following supplies for this project.
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Creating the STEAM Project Dinosaur
Your children can draw their dinosaur onto the paper plate in pencil.
They will need to make sure the end of the tail and front of the head of the dinosaur end toward the center of the plate. It will help the dinosaur balance on the clothespins. The head and tail can be near the edge of the plate. The belly of the dinosaur will need to be on the curved edge of the plate. (The clothespins will attach better if the dinosaur has a flat area at the bottom of its belly.)
Then they will need to cut the dinosaur out with scissors.
Painting the Dinosaur’s Body and Legs
Children will paint the dinosaur with cotton balls placed in clothespins. They can dab the cotton ball into the paint. Then they can dab or smooth it onto the plate and the clothespins.
First, they will paint the plate and clothespins with green paint.
When the green paint is dry, they will dab the blue paint on top of it.
After the blue paint is dry, they will dab on the gold paint.
Finally, children will need to glue a large wiggly eye on the head of the dinosaur.
Making the Dinosaur Balance
When the dinosaur body and its legs are dry, children will try to place the legs on the dinosaur so that it will balance. Children may have to make slight adjustments to the legs or move them to new spots for this to happen.
We found two ways to balance the dinosaur. The first way was to place both clothespins near the center of the dinosaur’s belly. The second way was to place the clothespins an equal distance from the center of the dinosaur near the front and back of its belly.
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A specialist in Technology Integration as well as Early Elementary teaching she can be found sharing hands-on learning over on her blog JDaniel 4’s Mom.
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