Find out how to build a dinosaur. Our strikingly lifelike Velociraptor model will teach you the simple methods you need to create your own awesome beast.
This is Part Two of my homeschool dinosaur making series - sorry but I couldn't fit everything on one page!
Below you'll see my daughter Catherine age 13 with her fantastic homeschool project to build a dinosaur.
It's a project which particularly appealed to her Dad, and they worked together once a week to build it.
* Polyboard is a light foam board sandwiched between two outer layers of white card-like material. It's fairly cheap and completely free if you can persuade a friend to give you a few bits!
First, pick the dinosaur you want to know how to build!
Then hunt the internet for a drawing you like and photocopy a scaled down version.
Copy round the outline on polyboard and cut it out.
If you want to see how to build a dinosaur, you'll see a brilliant video which uses CGI to flesh out a velociraptor when you click on the link which says:
You'll see that you need to cut out the outline of your dinosaur on one sheet of polyboard.
Skull of Velociraptor mongoliensis
(AMNH 6515), American Museum of Natural History, by Smokeybjb
You can see that in Catherine's homeschool version, she's added another layer of polyboard on top of the skull shape and tried to mimic the holes in the real skull.
Now for the teeth:
If you're trying to work out how to build a dinosaur, their teeth and claws look great in modeling clay.
Shape each tooth round a cocktail stick so you can insert the tooth 'roots' into the foam middle of your polyboard.
This is where the bubble wrap comes in!
You use it to bulk out your dinosaur body.
If you can, try to mimic the thicker parts of the body where the muscles bulge.
You'll see our team have added some foam around Velociraptor's eye to make it more prominent.
The masking tape covers the bubble wrap and gives a smooth surface to add your paper mache clay.
We love paper mache.
But this time we wanted a really smooth surface to make Velociraptor's skin.
So we used a new recipe to make paper mache clay.
It's similar to this one on YouTube:
We'll show you how to make our paper mache clay and how brilliant it looks in the final part of our how to build a dinosaur.
to see our Velociraptor come to life!
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