This dinosaur small world is a fun sensory play activity!
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This small world was inspired by the book Dinosaurumpus and was such fun to put together!
We were introduced to this book as part of the Book Club Play Dates monthly series. It is written by Tony Mitton – we are HUGE fans of his thanks to his wonderful “Amazing Machines” series. In Dinosaurumpus there is frequent mention of a “sludgy old swamp” which made me think of creating a sensory play experience that would also look like the dino habitat.
To construct this small world I used:
- Large shallow container or baking dish
- Homemade play dough (Colored with green dye)
- Rocks and pebbles
- Toy dinosaurs
- Plastic tree
- Blue gelatin “water”
To make the water I simply mixed a packet of gelatin powder with 1 cup of hot water and added some blue food dye. I mixed it well, poured it into a small dish and placed it in the fridge.
When it had set, I used a round cookie cutter to make the circle shape. I placed the gelatin circle in the baking dish, made some play dough hills, and filled in the gaps with sand. I added the tree, rocks and some dinos. If I’d had more time I’d have also added some fake moss but F discovered me making this and immediately wanted to see it!
The dinosaurs roamed over the play dough (stomp stomp stomp!), they marched through the sand (bomp bomp bomp!), munched leaves from the trees (thwack thwack thwack!), and drank from the pond (eek!!).
He really enjoyed mixing up the sand and play dough!
I was really surprised by how much my son LOVED the gelatin! When I’ve made sensory play activities like the Rainbow Jello, he didn’t really want to touch the jello. This time he asked for more! I had lots left over but as I hadn’t flavoured or sweetened it, it wasn’t really for eating. And it DEFINITELY wasn’t for eating after it was covered in sand!
- Dinosaur Sensory Swamp Snack from House of Burke
- Triceratops Craft for Kids from Still Playing School
- Dinosaur Gross Motor Movement Game from Sugar Aunts
- Dinosaur Math Busy Bag Ideas from Fun-A-Day