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Front and Back Dinosaur Flip Book

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I have been wanting to make these Front and Back Dinosaur Flip Book for a really long time. I have this huge running list of ideas to create for my website & to do with my kids, and this one’s been there a while. So I am excited to finally bring you the idea in its fullness!

dinosaur front and back book

The idea for this came when I was at our local dinosaur museum. They have a little play area for kids that has a build-a-dinosaur section.  I always thought it was fun and thought it would be cute to make something like it at home. Also check out my Root Vegetables Tops and Bottoms flip book!

Front and Back Dinosaur Flip Book

This dinosaur book has 12 different dinosaurs. They are cut down the center. You use them to assemble the flip book.

Watch it in action!


Dinosaurs included:

  • Iguanodon (spelled wrong in the photos, but I fixed it! Face palm.)
  • Saurolophus
  • Ichthyosaurus
  • Triceratops
  • Pterosaur
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Pleiosaurus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Allosaurus
  • Velociraptor
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Brachiosaurus


Cut each piece down the center, except for the front and back covers. These will keep the book stable.

dinosaur flip book for kids

Once they are all cut, you’ll want to mix up the pieces a bit so the book does not align perfectly as you turn the pages. This way kids can flip through trying to find the matches.

mixed up dinosaurs flip book

Hole punch through the top of each side of the booklet, make sure to do it in a spot where you will not go through the heads of the dinosaurs. Add clasps to attach them together. If you don’t have any, use a pipe cleaner, a piece of ribbon or string, or whatever you have on hand.

Now it’s time for some fun. Find the dinosaur matches or make silly mixed up dinosaurs. We really liked the Sauro-saurus. It reminded us of a mythical animal- doesn’t it look like a mermaid?

The Ankylo-raptor is a good one, too!

dinosaur flip book

My youngest spent more time finding the correct matches, but my son wanted to make silly dinosaurs.

dinosaur flip book fronts and backs

Want this Dinosaur Flip Book?  Of course you do!

This is available for purchase in my shop.  There are three options to buy:


front and back dinosaur flip book

See More Fun Dinosaur Activities:

What is a Paleontologist? Easy Reader for Kids

Printable Dinosaur Play Dough Mats

Dinosaur Fossil Counting Puzzles

Making Dinosaur Fossils

Paleontology for Kids- Digging Up Dinosaur Bones

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