Flying Pterodactylus Papercraft

Do you have little paleontologists in the making? Prehistoric fans?

This papercraft is a Jurassic adaption of our flying bird but this time we even have FREE printables ready to go, for you.

Click here for the body PDF
Click here for the wings PDF

What you will need
-Cardboard or thick paper (for the body)
-Desired medium to decorate with
-Small hole punch (or something pointy to create a hole - I used one of my craft tools)

Making your pterodactylus
There is a set of instructions on the body PDF however if you need some extra assistance, please feel free to see the tutorial on the flying bird papercraft page as it is the same concept and basic construction process.

If you'd like to add some more education content along side this craft here's some information for your convenience. 


Name meaning: Winged Finger (Greek)
  • Lived during the late Jurassic period, approximately 150-148 Million years ago.
  • The first pterodactylus fossil was discovered in Bavaria, Germany. It was identified by Italian scientist Cosimo Alessandro Collini in 1794.
  • Other pterodactylus fossils have been found elsewhere in Europe and Africa. 
  • The pterodactylus was the first Pterosaurus known to science.
  • Carnivore - most likely fed on fish and other small animals.
  • Was a flying reptile, not a dinosaur.
  • Had a long beak filled with around 90 short, sharp teeth.
  • Had wings formed by a skin and muscle membrane stretching from its elongated fourth finger to its hind limbs. Its wingspan was just over 1 metre (3.28ft).
  • Named by Paleontologist Georges Cuvier in 1809.