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#Dino Week- Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur Kid Friendly Holiday Crafts

#DinoWeek continues as the suspense builds in our home as next week we will be joining families across the country to head  to the theater to see Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.  Each trip to our local store is filled with exciting exclamations regarding this movie. Even Disneyland is prepared with Bugs Land sporting a large wall and a sneak peak at the film.  Good Dinosaur plush animals and apparel are everywhere! With all the excitement with our family we wanted to do a fun but easy craft to bring a little bit of Dinosaur love at home! So we made Baking Soda and Corn Starch Dinosaur ornaments! My son gets his own mini tree to move his special ornaments around on each year, this helps keep the family tree from getting broken ornaments, so we thought how fun it would be to let him make his own Good Dinosaur themed tree this year.

I started by making the dough while he napped! It was perfect. This takes about 15mins to prepare then 30 minutes for the cooling period.  Here is the recipe I used:

White dough:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
I also added about 10 drops of peppermint oil to the dough this is optional or could be substituted but I liked the smell that it gives off while we mash it around and it is nice fresh smell for the house. You could use cinnamon oil or frankincense oil too! Be creative!
Pour all of the ingredients into a saucepan set to medium-low heat, you must stir this consistently or it will stick and get lumpy!  Stir until the mixture starts to thicken and eventually looks your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes! Once done remove immediately either a bowl or your surface. I doubled my batch and placed it on a silicon baking sheet that we used to roll out our shapes on. You will want this to be room temperature before working with it. If it is too warm the cookie cutter shapes will stick or not come off the surface easily. Using cornstarch as you would flour to roll out the  dough will also prevent the sticking.
Now the fun part! The dinosaur cutters!!! This is what we had already at home.
IMG_8164I purchased a box of 100+ cookie cutters for 3.00 at a garage sale and they have definitely been worth the money!  If you don’t have any try your local baking supply place.

After letting the dough cool we began the rolling and cutting.  We also made bones. Simply make a log or “snake” and then press flat the ends and cut with a butter knife and separate.



This is what ours look like! You will see I placed our finished shapes on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. IMG_8179

But before baking I decided that we would make these ornaments so we needed a loop to hand them from. I used copper wire I already had a home. You can buy several varieties from any craft store or hardware store. If ornaments are not your thing you could add a magnet to the finish product and make them refrigerator magnets!  Magnets can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store.  

Now to cut the wire and insert it into the dinosaurs then off to the oven! 

These will need to bake for 45 minutes at 175 degrees. If not hard bake for an additional 15 minutes.

After cooling and the kids snacks we painted them. I added camouflage ribbon to hang them from! But you can use whatever  you have handy! 


Remember to be creative and let me know how yours came out! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy this craft project with family!

Don’t forget The Good Dinosaur opens everywhere on Wednesday! 


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