Our house has descended into dinosaur madness. Ez Bear has alway liked dinos, but recently they have become his number one toy, his favourite thing to read about and watch on telly.
This weekend I decided to try and copy those amazing small world sensory bins you see on Pinterest, where people recreate dinosaur habitats using a few items from the garden and house that they just have lying around.
We already had the toy dinosaurs, so I bought a shallow storage box and put in my collection of heart shaped pebbles and the sea-shells we collected in Bognor Regis last year. I found a lump of wood and immediately ran out of natural, dinosaur-habitat type things!
I was struggling at this point, the kids knew what I was doing and were keen to be let loose with the box. In the end I stuck some yellow tissue paper in the bottom for a beach, cut out some scrapbook card with a wave motif on for water and added packing peanuts for no other reason than I had some in a cupboard!
In those Pinterest blog posts people write about how playing with the dino themed sensory bin allowed their children to explore and learn more about dinosaurs.
Well, they basically spent 5 minutes making the dinosaurs fight and eat each other, then they buried them in the stones and then they flew the dinosaurs around and divebombed the dinos on the floor.
It was less educational and more a scary insight into the minds of my kiddos!
That massively cheeky grin on Ezra’s face was because Annie was making her diplodocus jump on a triceratops, apparently the height of humour if you’re 3!
Next time I will set this up in secret so I don’t have a tiny shadow constantly asking, ‘is it ready yet?’. I’ll also try and find some bigger stones and add real water instead of the lame, pretend stuff we ended up with this time.
Do you have any tips for creating sensory, small world play? I’ll accept any advice at this point!
Also, where do you buy toy dinos from that don’t break the bank, but also aren’t just neon orange plastic?!