With the recent release of The Good Dinosaur, my kids have been so interested in dinosaurs – especially my 7 year old! Now, what could be more fun than digging up your own dinosaurs? Give this DIY dinosaur dig craft a try and your kids will become paleontologists in no time! You only need a few supplies, most of which can be found at your local dollar store. Here is how you can get started creating a dinosaur dig of your own.
Small, plastic dinosaurs (we found bags for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Medium to large plastic bin or bowl
Black or white crafting sand (also found at Dollar Tree for $1 a bag)
Bath towel (can be placed under the activity to catch sand)
1. Begin by pouring about an inch of sand into your container of choice.
2. Take the dinosaurs and place them on top of the sand layer. Gently press.
3. Pour the remaining sand over the top of the dinosaurs. You want them to be completely concealed.
4. Smooth out the top of the sand. Add your “landscaping” such as rocks, twigs, and fake plants.
5. Give children spoons and brushes to “dig out” and “dust off” their dinosaur findings. Remember to dig them out carefully and brush them off gently, just like a scientist would do!
6. Invite children to draw a sketch or write about their findings in their journal. Have them share their findings with you or a friend. You can even research the dinosaurs you found and write facts down in your journal.
Have fun digging for the dinosaurs!