Salt Dough Stegosaurus

By  Linda Valentino 

The possibilities are endless and lots of fun when your kids create their very own dinosaur. Salt dough is both easy and fun, so let their imaginations go wild!

  • Salt Dough Stegosaurus
  • Salt Dough Stegosaurus
  • Fig. 1
  • Fig. 2


  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 Tablespoons hot water
  • Toothpicks


  • Acrylic paint: green, brown
  • Optional: Acrylic sealer spray

Basic Supplies

  • bowl, baking tin, measuring spoons and cups, paintbrush, foil, plastic knife or clay tool, oven
  • Note
  • 1. Adult supervision is needed when using an oven.
  • Prepare the Dough
  • 1. Combine flour and salt in bowl. Slowly pour water into mixture. Mix until dough forms a ball. (Note: If dough is too sticky, add a little more flour; if dough is too dry, add a few drops of water until it becomes pliable.) Knead dough for several minutes.
  • Stegosaurus
  • 1. For body, using approximately 2/3 of dough, form dough into an oval shape. (See Figure 1). For head, pull dough from one pointy end of oval and shape into a head. For tail, pull dough from other pointy end and shape into a tail. (See Figure 2). For legs, form four thick logs from dough. Shape legs as shown. Use fingers to rub water onto one short end of legs and press two legs onto each side of body. Use water to smooth in place. For back plates, press remaining dough to approximately 1/4" thickness. Use plastic knife or clay tool to cut ten triangles of different sizes. Press triangles in a double row onto back and tail, using fingers to apply water. Wet finger with water and completely smooth out dinosaur.

    Figure 1

    Figure 2
  • 2. Use one end of toothpick to poke eye holes and nostril holes side-by-side into head. For claws, use toothpick to press four indents into front of each foot. For tail spikes, break off 1" from each point of two toothpicks; press broken ends in a double row into tip of tail.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 275°. Place dinosaur on foil covered baking tin and bake for two hours. (Note: Halfway through baking time, place a small ball of foil under one side of dinosaur to help underside harden.) Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • 4. Use green to paint body and brown to paint plates. Let dry. (Optional: Apply acrylic sealer.)
  • Tip
  • 1. Do not leave stegosaurus in moist places such as bathrooms or basements. Dry places are best.