Before crafting we learned a few things about the tyrannosaurus rex (some of them are well known facts, but to 4 year old Big Brother it was great information and mostly new.)
A Few T-Rex Facts (from the Usborne Book of Dinosaurs)
• T-Rex dinosaurs are meat eaters, or carnivores. They ate other dinosaurs and sometimes scavenged.
• They were so heavy they could probably only run for short distances at a time.
• Its hands only had two little claws.
• Its teeth had edges like saws.
We used our washable poster paints and worked to fill in the pieces. Little Brother painted for a few moments, and then lost interest. So I got to take over painting the second dinosaur.
Big Brother started with painting his solid colors, but over time he mixed the colors. Afterwards we both worked to paint in lines and dots onto the bodies, arms, and legs.
We let the paint dry for a couple of hours. Once dry I cut out the pieces, including the small straight lines used to link the pieces together. I lined up the lines and slid the pieces together. It took a little wiggling once they were hooked together, but then we were able to get them to stand up.
They currently are decorating, or stalking, our kitchen table!