Highly anticipated…weeeeee’re going to draw dinosaurs today! I know dino doodles can be difficult so we’ll start with a friendly, well-known dino buddy – the long-necked Brachiosaurus. This happy little vegetarian existed millions and millions of years ago but today we’re going to create him with just some paper and pencil.
Did you know there are more than 1000+ distinct species of dinosaurs that we know of? Check out the most popular, well-known dinosaurs and learn how to draw them step by step. Great for kiddos!
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- Paper (Our Free How To Draw Template PDF)
- Polymer Eraser
- Outline Markers
- Coloring Tools (I recommend Crayola’s 140 Piece Coloring Case)
🎨 Parents: The only tools you need to use these how-to-draw tutorials are: an eraser, a pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.
How To Draw Cute Dinosaurs Step By Step
Brachiosaurs (dino with the super long neck) is also one of the largest land animals to have ever lived. They lived 145 million years ago and is currently the longest dinosaur discovered in an almost complete fossil skeleton. This 40-foot-tall giant dino had to eat hundreds of pounds of green leaves every day and weighed almost 100,000 pounds. Their popularity is everywhere – have you ever eaten a Dino Nugget (aka nature’s most delicious finger food!) – well one of their famous dino shapes is a Brachiosaurus. Follow along step by step so we can bring this little guy alive on paper!
- Draw the outline of a Brachiosaurus: starting with the head, neck, and back. Draw the top of Brachiosaurus’ back with one stroke. (If you have dino nuggets around, you can cheat by tracing the outline of a Brachiosaurus nugget.)
- A Brachiosaurus’ back looks sort of like a slide but with short legs on the bottom side of its body. Let’s start with the top of the head and the neck like you’re drawing a slide. The slide continues while you create a little semi-circle curve of the back and extends even further to the tail.
- When you’re done, move back to the head. Finish the lower part of the head with a mini-half football shape face and a straight line slanted downwards parallel to the first neckline.
- Next, using the same line as the head and neck make that line go straight-line down to create the dinosaur’s chest and legs (the lower half of its body.)
- Draw 2 cute little legs (profile side) that looks like 2 tall rectangles spaced apart from each other.
- Both legs with little toes that extend out slightly so draw a little extension as you close up the rectangular legs.
- Draw 2 more legs in the back (mostly hidden by the front 2.)
- Give the Brachiosaurus an eye and some back markings (sort of like tiger stripes but shorter and rounder.)
- Now duplicate the markings with equal space in between all along the back until you hit the end of its tail.
- There we have it! Our long-necked dino pal, you can take creative reign here – give our dino a smile…or glasses or a leaf!
By the way, no one knows for sure what color brachiosauruses are! Because of their vegetarian nature, I see them more green…although in reality, it’s probably a shade of brown; some paleontologists argue dinosaurs can be a variety of colors…pink, yellow, red, red with yellow spots, blue with yellow spots, or even purple…! We just don’t know, unfortunately!
Since we have a dino section and Brachiosaurus are far from the only dinos that’s existed let’s draw other common kinds of dino pals!
LET’S GET CREATIVE!
Dinosaurs come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, looks, and colors. That means creativity wins, there are no fast limits to dino doodling. Did you know there are more than 1000+ distinct species of dinosaurs? And we have not finished discovering all the buried dinosaur fossils out there yet! Although we have the most well-known dinosaurs drawing tutorials, it doesn’t mean your future little paleontologist has to stop here.
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Fun Dinosaur Facts For Kids
- The biggest carnivorous dinosaur was Spinosaurus. They occupied on land and in the ocean.
- As airborne debris clouded the sky after the meteor hit, blocking out the sun, the plants could not function and the dinosaurs went extinct. About 75% of species on earth were eliminated.
- The rest of the 25% that survived were underwater or in deep ground burrows.
- Ancient Chinese thought the bones of dinosaurs discovered back then came from real dragons.
- The closest relative to the t-rex is…believe it or not…the chicken.
- The giant Styracosaurus, despite its large size, has a brain the size of a walnut.
- Some dinosaurs are speculated to have a life span of up to 300 years!
- The first fossilized dinosaur eggs nest was discovered in inner Mongolia.
- Dinosaur eggs are about the size of basketballs.
- Dinosaur skulls had a lot of holes aka “windows” to make their heads more lightweight and allow them a heftier bite.
- Scientists and Paleontologists believe the modern birds we see today came from dinosaurs. Birds are direct ancestors to dinosaurs; crocodiles are not.
- In the Cretaceous period, dinosaurs that looked like crocodiles lived.
- The tallest dinosaur is known to be the Argentinosaurus (40m tall), which belongs to the Titanosaur group. Its fossils have been found in Argentina.
- The hunting dinosaur Troodon, about 6 feet tall, had a brain comparable to a 21st-century mammal like an eagle.
- There were heavy dinosaurs, although big, they couldn’t move quicker than modern-day cheetahs.
- Early on, Dinosaurs started off as bipeds (walked) on two legs. But as their sizes grew, it required more stability to hold up their size leading to squat four-legged dinos like a triceratops.
- The Suzhousaurus is among the weirdest dinosaurs. This strange dinosaur even had a fuzzy hide, which means it is a distant relative to the giant ground sloth, appearing like a giant rodent.
- The discovery of dinosaur eggs and nests offered proof of certain dinosaurs’ behavior.
- In all seven continents, dinosaur fossils have been discovered. About 66 million years ago, the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct.
- Dinosaurs used to swallow rocks because it helped their digestion.
- The Greeks word dinosaur translated to mean ‘terrible lizard.” Although dinosaurs are less closely related to lizards than birds and crocodiles.
- Dinosaurs are not warm OR cold-blooded like modern-day animals. They were somewhere in between.
- There were only 15 minutes of dinosaur footage in the 1993 film, Jurassic Park: 6 minutes of CGI and 9 minutes of animatronics.
- The biggest eggs of dinosaurs were as heavy as basketballs. The larger the egg, the tougher the shell. So if the eggs had been bigger, it would certainly not have been possible for dinosaur babies to get out.
- The best fossils were mostly left by dinosaurs that lived around water.
- Only 53% of adults know that Dinosaurs and humans did not co-exist together.
- A newly discovered dinosaur was named Dragon King of Hogwarts (Dracorex hogwartsia) which was a nod to the famous Harry Potter series.
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