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Tissue Paper Dinosaur Suncatcher and Dino Hunt Book Review

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Dinosaurs are one of those preschool themes that never fail to interest and thrill young learners. After winding down Dinovember, my 5 year old was interested in reading some books about dinosaurs. As luck would have it, a new dinosaur children’s picture book has come out that can help us do just that and create a cute tissue paper dinosaur suncatcher while we were at it!
Dinosaur preschool craft for Dino Hunt book LaTulippe

I’ve been friends with Janine over at True Aim Learning for quite a few years now. When I heard that her talented husband, Briton LaTulippe, was working on a children’s picture book I was so excited. I saw sneak peaks and heard snippets about it on Facebook here and there. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out they sent us and our Dinovember dinosaurs our very own free copy of the book to read!

Dinovember ideas plastic dinosaurs reading dinosaur book
What impressed me most about the book Dino Hunt is the amazing images. The details in them is amazing. My kids found the little caveman’s journeys on his hunt for a perfect dinosaur humorous…. especially at the end when the truth about his “hunt” comes to light. After I found out there are free printable dinosaur coloring sheets that go along with the book, I knew we had to do a fun dinosaur craft with them! Here’s how we did it:

Dinosaur Suncatcher Craft for Kids
Items needed:
Cardstock paper
Tissue paper in desired color
Clear contact paper
Markers/crayons/colored pencils
Glue stick

Ahead of time, cut squares of tissue paper in the color(s) chosen by the child. Print out a dinosaur outline. We used one of the Dino Hunt coloring sheets. I cut it out around the main shape, avoiding all of the details to make it a bit easier. Trace the outline onto a piece of white cardstock. Then cut out the inside design as shown below.

Dinosaur suncatcher template
Now you’re ready for some sensory crafting fun! Tape a piece of 8″x10″ clear contact paper down to the workspace, sticky side up. (You will need a second piece of contact paper the same size later.)

Encourage the child to stick down the tissue paper squares onto the contact paper. The more colors and layers used, the more depth the final product will have.

dinosaur suncatcher made with tissue paper
Once done, place the second sheet of contact paper, sticky side down onto the first sheet (creating a tissue square sandwich). Use a glue stick to spread glue around the back side of the cardstock cutout. Then adhere the contact paper to the back side of the cardstock.

how to assemble tissue paper suncatcher
Hold up to the light and see your masterpiece! Your little crafter may leave the cardstock blank or they may wish to decorate it like mine did.

Dinosaur suncatcher preschool craft
Don’t forget to grab your copy of Dino Hunt to go along with this activity!

Dino Hunt Briton LaTulippe

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom of 3 kiddos. Her blog, Do.Play.Learn., (formerly named Crayon Freckles), focuses on creative learning and play ideas, as well as parenting topics. Andie strives to be honest in her approach and experiences in parenting to let other moms know that they are not alone in their struggle. In her free time, she writes children’s books in hopes of publishing someday.

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