This post is sponsored by Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.
Have you seen Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur?
I watched it with my kids the other night and we loved it!
Such beautiful animation, and lots of funny moments as well as some sad, thoughtful parts. It was perfect for a family movie night.
After the movie the kids and I chatted about what life would be like if dinosaurs never became extinct. Would we be dinosaurs sitting on the couch watching a movie about people? Or would dinosaurs have evolved alongside humans, so your best friend might be a T-rex!
The idea really stuck with my five year old, and he couldn’t stop talking about it, so we decided to make our own ‘Dino World’ to play with.
Here’s what we used to make our dinosaur garden:
- A large shallow container
- Dirt/potting mix
- Aluminium foil
- Small plants – ferns, grass, succulents etc.
- Rocks and small pebbles
- Small sticks or other natural materials
- Printable Dinosaurs (see below)
- A small digging implement – we used a spoon.
We used a large plastic tray for our dinosaur garden, but you could use any large, shallow, container. It just needs to hold enough soil for the plants.
We bought a variety of small plants from the nursery – tiny pots of mondo grass, some tiny ferns, a succulent (because succulents are cool!), and we used some lawn we’d planted for another project. Make sure your plants are small enough to be planted in the shallow tray of soil.
We found a few stones and other natural materials around the house and we also bought a bag of little pebbles from our local dollar store.
Making the dinosaur garden is messy. It would be best to do it outside if you can, but it was too wet and windy here, so we covered our table with paper and I just ignored the dirt on the floor till later!
Start by filling your container with dirt, don’t fill it too full as you don’t want it to spill over the sides when you play.
We decided we needed to have a river, just like in the movie, so we dug out a path across the centre and used a folded piece of foil to form the river.
Once you’ve got the river where you want it, gently take it out and set it aside while you plant the plants otherwise it fill up with dirt.
Next decide where you want your plants to go, and plant them!
Add the foil back in and arrange rocks, pebbles, and other natural materials along the edge of the ‘river’ to keep it in place.
Now you can add the water, and you are ready to play!
While Spot fitted perfectly in our dinosaur garden, our Good Dinosaur dinos were a bit big, so we made our own 3D paper dinosaurs instead.
We laminated the individual body and leg pieces before we slotted them together to make them a bit sturdier.
These printables are A4 sized pdf files, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open them. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is available now on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD, so you can watch this great family movie (and check out the cool bonus features) and then make your own dinosaur garden.
What do you think would happen if dinosaurs never became extinct?