When Everything Old Is New Again


What if dinosaurs came back? Use your imagination to paint a futuristic habitat for dinosaurs!


1. On a large sheet of watercolor paper or heavy drawing paper, sketch an imaginary dinosaur in its futuristic habitat with Crayola® Colored Pencils.

2. Experiment first with different techniques to make texture, such as these:

  • Texture painting: Apply Crayola Washable Paint or Tempera Paint with interesting objects such as sponges, cotton swabs, or fan brushes.
  • Dry brush: Use a brush with most of the paint already brushed out to create hairy effects.
  • Spatter paint: On wet paper, pull a craft stick over a stiff, paint-loaded brush. Try using two colors, one on each side of the bristles, for variety.

    3. Apply paint to the colored pencil drawing, using selected techniques to create texture.

    Safety Guidelines

    Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

    Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

    Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


    • Dinosaurs are perennial favorites. Help children grasp their variety of sizes and types. Visit museums or archeological digs. Follow the news about the latest finds.
    • Older students can research theories about why the dinosaurs disappeared. What would be necessary to bring them back?
    • Write stories from the viewpoints of dinosaurs, old and new. How has the world changed? What challenges no longer exist? What new ones have arisen?

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    crayola supplies
    • Paint Brushes
    • Colored Pencils
    • Washable Kid's Paint
    • Giant Marker and Watercolor Pad
    household supplies
    • craft sticks
    • paper towels
    • fan brushes (optional)
    • container(s) of water
    • cotton swabs (optional)



    • Pre-K and Kindergarten
    • Grades 1 to 3
    • Grades 4 to 6


    • Language Arts
    • Science
    • Visual Arts


    • Less than 1/2 hour
    • 30 to 60 minutes


    • Students imagine what it would be like if today's animals became dinosaurs, or the ancient creatures reappeared to roam the earth.

    • Young artists invent a dinosaur of the future. What might a futuristic triceratops look like? What would the earth be like?

    • Students learn how to make textures using a variety of painting techniques.


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