Summer Crafts Series: Woodworking – Dinosaur Bookends

This is the first post in a series of posts on summer crafts.

Today’s craft focuses on woodworking. Some parents may be hesitant to get children involved in woodworking as the tools necessary can be difficult to use and dangerous for little hands. However, we believe that woodworking activities can be modified for children to make them safe, yet still introduce them to a cool new skill. In general, learning skills like woodworking, sewing, cooking, and more is great for kids, it helps them build confidence, and you’ll find that if you take the time and care to properly teach them the use of significant tools and how to be safe, they will be respectful of those tools and what they can/cannot and should/should not do with them.

All that being said, this is a good woodworking activity to ease into the subject as it does not require nails or hammers, the adult only steps are minimal and at the end of it you have a practical item that kids can be proud to keep in their room.



Materials Needed

  • Scrap wood
  • Old plastic dinosaur toys
  • Hobby knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper


  1. Find an old dinosaur toy (or other similar item, like toy animals for example) and cut the dinosaur in half. (ADULT ONLY STEP).
  2. Find two pieces of scrap wood. If necessary, you may need to cut these to make them the right size/shape.
  3. Let children sand the wood pieces with sandpaper.
  4. Hot glue two pieces of wood together to make an L shape. (USE OF HOT GLUE IS ALSO AN ADULT ONLY STEP).
  5. Then, glue half the dinosaur on each side of the L like the image above so that they make a pair.
  6. Let the glue dry (this shouldn’t take too long).
  7. Let children paint the pieces with the dinosaurs attached.
  8. Let dry and then their you have it, bookends! They make a cute pair!



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