It seems ‘world creating’ has become a thing in the EG Lair.
It all started with Sinister building his own terrarium for a school project last term (which he scored 93%… Such a good little evil genius…) – 3 months later and it is still going strong, without any further interaction. Not bad for a 9yo.
This type of experiment started us thinking: “why not incorporate some other real-life elements in our plays?”
And thus the Dinosaur Project began.
The Dinosaur Project
All of our elements were already around the home, but you can pick them up from your nearest shops for a fairly reasonable cost:
- A large pot
- Enough soil to fill it
- One or two plants – we chose two dwarf palms as they look like plants from a prehistoric era, plus they were left-overs from Sinister’s terrarium
- One large styrofoam cone
- One plastic container – like a takeaway container
- A dozen or so small toy dinosaurs
- Paint – brown, red, and blue
What did we do:
- Fill the pot with the soil – ours was already full, but did require some weeding.
- Paint the inside of your plastic container blue – you don’t have to but it did add to the aesthetics.
- Snap the top off the styrofoam cone. Don’t be too worried about neatness; you want it to be a little rough. You’re painting the sides brown, and the top red – Look! It’s a volcano!
- While you wait for the paint to dry, kick in to the gardening with your plants.
- Now you can add your volcano and your primordial swamp. I think we can do more with the swamp/lake but we can do that another day. In the meantime… RAWR!!!
Zaltu is loving this little play area. She is really into the role-playing side, but I also noticed how quickly she picked up the carnivore / herbivore discussion we had earlier.
I would consider the Dinosaur Project a success. Now we are thinking of other ‘world creating’ play areas we can make!!