Free Mini Art Lesson for Children: Design Your Own Dinosaur

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Dinosaurs ruled the land long before there were any people. Dinosaurs were a kind of prehistoric reptile that dominated the earth about 150 million years ago during the Mesozoic Era, the “Age of Reptiles.” While dinosaurs were primarily bipedal (standing on two legs), many extinct groups included quadrupedal (standing on four legs) species, and some were able to change between both! Elaborate display structures like horns or crests are common to all dinosaur groups, with some developing skeletal modifications such as bony armor and sharp spines to protect themselves. While the dinosaurs’ modern-day surviving ancestors are generally smaller, many prehistoric dinosaurs were large-bodied—the largest dinosaurs are estimated to have reached heights of 59 feet and were the largest land animals of all time. Paleontologists study their fossil remains to learn more about the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.

What do dinosaurs and art have in common? Find out with our free mini lesson that will take kids back to Prehistoric times.

Download this free dinosaur mini art lesson

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