201 Family - - CONTENTS - – TINA MUN­SON

Di­nosaur pen­cil cov­ers

Th­ese mini-di­nosaurs can turn bor­ing old pen­cils into some­thing fun to use!


Be­gin by tak­ing small pieces of the clay and warm­ing them in your hands. This makes the clay pli­able and easy to shape.


To make the stegosaurus, roll a soft­ened piece of dark green clay into a log about 3 inches long. Use fin­gers to shape points on each end, one for the head and one for the tail. Form the pointed log into a cres­cent shape. To make the pointed ridge on the back, flat­ten a piece of light green clay into a sheet. Use the plas­tic knife to cut the tri­an­gu­lar points and press the ridge in place. (See pic­ture.) Re­in­force the con­nec­tion by smooth­ing with fin­gers or a tooth­pick. To make the eyes, use the point of a tooth­pick to make in­den­ta­tions and fill them in with tiny balls of light green clay. Use the dark green clay to make four legs and press them into place. Re­in­force the con­nec­tion by smooth­ing, as you did with the ridges on the back. Gen­tly push the eraser end of a pen­cil into the un­der­side of the Stegosaurus; re­move once the hole is formed.


Roll a piece of light green clay into an oval about ¾-inch by 1-inch to make the tricer­atops’s body. Make four small logs about ½-inch by ¼-inch and at­tach to form the legs. Next, make the bony plate be­hind the tricer­atops’s head by flat­ten­ing a piece of light green clay into a disc about 1-inch in di­am­e­ter.

Pull bits of clay to form the six or seven points around the bony plate. Roll six or seven very skinny worms of dark green clay, and press them onto the back of the bony plate to look like ridges. (See pic­ture.) Press the plate onto the front end of the di­nosaur’s body and smooth well to make it ad­here.

Use your fin­gers to shape the head with its short horn in front. A tooth­pick will help shape the open mouth. Make eyes for the tricer­atops us­ing the same method used for the stegosaurus. Add two longer horns to the head. When the head is com­plete, press it into place in front of the bony plate. Fi­nally, gen­tly press the eraser end of a pen­cil into the belly area of the tricer­atops; re­move the pen­cil.


Use medium green clay to roll a log about 4 inches long. The log should be fat­ter in the mid­dle and thin­ner on each end. Shape one end into a point to look like the tail. Shape the other end to look like the head. Add eyes in dark green clay, us­ing the method above. Gen­tly curve the long neck of the brontosaurus, and curve the tail up slightly. (See pic­ture.) Add dark green stripes on the back of the di­nosaur. Make two thick hind legs and at­tach. Make two smaller front legs and at­tach as shown. Last, form the hole for the pen­cil as in­structed above.


When bak­ing the poly­mer clay, fol­low the di­rec­tions for tem­per­a­ture and time given on the pack­age. Al­though the clay is non-toxic and con­forms to safety stan­dards, it may still give off an un­pleas­ant odor when bak­ing. For that rea­son, it is ad­vis­able to use a non-food con­tainer for bak­ing and to pro­vide ad­e­quate ven­ti­la­tion.

When the mini-di­nosaurs have cooled, use craft glue to at­tach them to the eraser ends of the pen­cils. If any pieces of the di­nosaurs came loose dur­ing bak­ing, they can be at­tached with craft glue. Be sure the glue has com­pletely dried before us­ing the pen­cils.

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