There are a few things my 2 year-old son can’t get enough of: dinosaurs and playing outdoors. Seriously. Dinosaurs are a big deal to him, so I wanted to find an easy activity that involved these very two things to keep him occupied.
And because we’ve been all over sensory play lately, I decided to take some inspiration from a dino lagoon idea I found and create our very own dino sensory activity using a few simple items we had in the yard and house.
Here’s what we used
- A handful of small plastic dinosaurs
- Small/medium size storage bin
- Few cups of water
- Green food coloring
Here’s what we did
I filled a bin with shallow water and used a few drops of green food coloring to get that swampy look. (Next time, I think I will add dirt for a more authentic swamp look and extra textures to explore). I then gathered a few sticks and leaves from low-lying tree branches and wedged them in with rocks from around the yard. Finally, I placed a few dinosaur figurines around the little habitat and let my toddler at it.
When my son saw the bin he immediately dropped what he was doing near the kiddie pool and came over to take a peek. He was fascinated by the water color and started to pour some pool water into it.
He couldn’t stop grabbing the leaves and rocks…and of course playing with the dinos :)!
Placing the bin outdoors, right beside all the other greens really added some life to the activity and make it more real.
It was a simple activity that was great for imaginary play. After a fun time exploring everything in the bin, the little guy even helped me wash off the food coloring during clean up!
If you have little boys that love dinosaurs, this is a perfect (and very easy) sensory bin to create!
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Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.