DIY Dinosaur Habitat Toy

Make a DIY dinosaur habitat toy for plastic dinosaurs using recycled materials!

DIY Dinosaur Habitat Playset

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
  • Glue
  • Bowl
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Mulch
  • 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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Laura R

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  1. what a fab idea i love it! A real boys dream toy thanks for linking up with fabulouslyfrugal - We hope to see you next week.

  2. This is so cute and such a creative idea!!

  3. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  4. Awesome idea! I love how most of the items are upcycled, reducing landfill waste!

  5. Great Idea! Thanks for sharing and for linking up at A Little Bird Told Me :-)

  6. This looks so much fun! #family frugallinky

  7. That's a great tactics to recycle the waste material.