Le craft with le kids: Dinosaur hunter kit

I’ve mentioned before that I’m aiming to make or buy handmade gifts forever more and as much as possible, I’m getting the assistance of my small people in the making of the gifts too.  This project didn’t quite fit the bill but it certainly got our creative juices flowing.

When we got an invitation to our dear friends’ son’s Dinosaur themed party I knew immediately I wanted to put together a bit of a special palaeontology kit for him.

I had intentions of making dinosaur bones myself out of air dry clay (and I will do one for Bebito this way in a few months I think) but when I popped over to Spotlight to grab the clay I spied a sweet little wooden model T-Rex and thought that would be perfect for my bones.

I bought a plastic dish and some little digging tools – a few different size paint brushes and a tiny spade from a gardening kit.

We have had some very, very past it’s used by date, quinoa which I used as the “dirt” and Bebito and I buried the bones in the tub.

I wanted to get a little helmet or a special torch but couldn’t find any I liked that weren’t cheap and nasty or cost a small fortune so instead I just kept the kit simple and added in a “dinosaur egg” and a game of dinosaur snap (that’s another post).

What Bebito liked: getting involved in making a present for his friend. Playing in “the dirt”. Learning more about dinosaurs. He has of course, requested his own kit which I will leave for winter time as I think it’ll make a good indoor activity.

What I liked: Thinking about different ways to make the kit. The learning with Bebito through first lot of chatter about dinosaur species and then a bit of research together, including (another) trip to The Museum. My friend also said that the gift recipient has enjoyed the gift very much already. Music to my ears!

Much love,

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