Make a DIY dinosaur habitat toy for plastic dinosaurs using recycled materials!
My boys love their dinosaur toys. And playing with dirt. It's too cold to take our dinosaur toys outside to play, so I thought I'd pull together a dinosaur playset that we could keep inside. I used things we had around the house and yard, and it came together pretty quickly at almost no cost!
Here's what you need, though feel free to be inspired and add your own unique elements!
- Under bed sized storage box
- Green felt
- Cardboard egg carton
- Sticks/leaves, tree clippings
- Plastic dinosaur toys
To make your dinosaur play set, start with an under bed sized storage box. I found this to be just the right size for my two toddlers (almost preschoolers!) to play, and I love the fact that it has a lid so I can put it away when we are not playing with it. And I had one on hand that I wasn't using - bonus!
Use glue to line the box in green felt. Allow to dry.
Add a small bowl to be your watering hole.
Use a cut up cardboard egg carton to make rocks for climbing.
Add in mulch, sticks, branches from trees, whatever natural elements you have easy access to.
Ready to play! I could not wait for my boys to wake up from their nap to show them their new playset. They loved it!
One dino took a drink from the watering hole.
And another took a bath!
This dinosaur did some rock climbing.
And this one had a snack.
This was a really easy project to put together - once your box is lined and dry it takes no time at all to create a really fun habitat for your dinosaur toys. And it definitely does not have to be limited to dinosaur play - our farm animals have spent some time in the playset too!
This has also been a nice way to play with some (free!) natural materials when it's been too cold to play outside. The possibilities are endless!
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