Costume Contest!

19 10 2011

Calling all dinosaurs in training! Are you the fiercest t. rex? How ’bout the most colorful triceratops? Then come into ACM and let us hear you roar!

This month, the Museum is hosting a Dino Costume Contest. If you think you’re the best-looking dino in town, then come in with your homemade costumes and you may win a membership here at The Austin Children’s Museum. In order to win as the most creative creature, you must follow these guidelines:

  • Make your dino-suit at home (must be homemade)
  • Wear it on your visit to the Museum
  • Take a photo wearing your costume with your fiercest dino-face in the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit
  • Upload your photo to the ACM Facebook Album
  • Invite your friends and family to “like” your photo
  • The winner of the most popular photo will receive an ACM membership
  • Second and third place prizes will also be awarded

We’ve included instructions to make your very own costume, watch the slideshow below and follow the link to the costume instructions.

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Have fun creating!

How to Make a Dinosaur Costume

Supplies:

  • 2 large brown paper shopping bags
  • Scissors
  • Glue or glue gun
  • Markers, crayons and/or paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Colored paper
  • Buttons, fabric scraps, yarn etc.
  • Newspaper
  • 1 large paper plate
  • 1 small paper plate
  • Elastic or string
  • Hole punch
  • Recyclable materials like bottle caps, yogurt cups, paper towel rolls, etc.
  • Any crafting and art supplies you have around your house!

Before beginning, lay out newspaper on and around your workstation to prevent splatters and to make clean up easier.

Dinosaur Mask (using paper plates) recommended for smaller children

  1. Paint the front of the large paper plate in your favorite dino color. Paint the front of the small paper plate in a different color. Leave to dry.
  2. Once the paint on the paper plates are dry, glue the small paper plate on top and off-center to the large paper plate so that the larger plate forms a “frill” from behind.
  3. Hold up the paper plate to your child’s face and estimate where the eyes should be. Assist your child in cutting out the eyeholes from the mask. Make sure the eyeholes are even and the right size for your child.
  4. Take the colored paper, paint, markers, recyclable materials, arts & craft supplies and decorate your mask with horns, spikes, teeth and other dinosaur attributes! Assist your child to adhere them securely to the mask. (Hot glue is recommended for longer durability.)
  5. Once the mask is complete and dry, punch a whole on each side of the mask, right above where the ears would be. Use the elastic or yarn to create ties for your child to wear their mask.

Dinosaur Mask (using a paper bag)

  1. Take the paper bag and flatten it to push out the creases.
  2. With the opening facing you, draw zig zags from one edge to the middle of the bag. Cut across both sides of the bag to make a mouth with teeth.
  3. Have your child try on the bag so that you can estimate where the eyes should be. Remove the bag and cut out the eyeholes for your child to see through.
  4. Take the colored paper, paint, markers, recyclable materials, arts & craft supplies and decorate your mask with horns, spikes, teeth and other dinosaur attributes! Assist your child to adhere them securely to the mask. (Hot glue is recommended for longer durability.)
  5. Once the mask is dry, it is ready for your child to slip on and wear.

Dinosaur Body (using a paper bag)

  1.  Hold the bag upside down and cut out a hole in the middle of the bottom gutter for your child’s head to go through. It might be easier to draw lines as guides first.
  2. Cut holes on each side of the paper bag for your child’s arms to go through.
  3. Place a chair on top of newspaper and slide your bag over the back of the chair.
  4. Now decorate the bag with colored paper, paint, markers, recyclable materials, arts & craft supplies. Feel free to add horns, spikes and even a dino tail! Assist your child to adhere them securely to the body. (Hot glue is recommended for longer durability).

Once the mask and body are dry, practice your roar in your homemade dinosaur costume!

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