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Dinosaur Pasta Skeleton

We’ve been learning about dinosaurs and have enjoyed our visits to the American Museum of Natural History. The kids tried their hands at assembling a dinosaur skeleton made of macaroni.



1. Tape clear plastic over the printout of the skeleton.

2. Glue macaroni along the outlines.

3. Remove the plastic and allow to dry while you draw a prehistoric scene on the paper.

4. We added ferns because ferns have been around for more than 300 million years!

5. Add a border of glue around your drawing and then place the plastic on top.

Educational Connections:

  • Paleontology: How do paleontologists assemble dinosaur skeletons from fossilized remains? How do they determine which bones go where and whether the dinosaurs stood upright or walked parallel to the ground?
  • Botany: What plants are around today that were around in the time of the dinosaurs?
  • Museum Studies: If you were curating a dinosaur exhibit what would you include in the displays?
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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8 Responses to "Dinosaur Pasta Skeleton"

  1. El says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Michelle says:

    Very cute idea! I love it!

  3. Kathy says:

    I love this – my son will have a blast a doing it. My favorite kind of craft is when you usually have all the supplies around the house.

  4. That is so cute and they look like they’re having a blast!

  5. What a fun project! The kids look like they are having a terrific time!

  6. Terri says:

    Fantastic project! My nephews would love this easy dino craft! Thanks for sharing :)

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