Dinosaur Activity Bin

The Hooligans are just loving the small world play these days, so today I set up this dinosaur activity bin.   It’s a combination of a small world, sensory bin and water play all wrapped up into one fun activity for kids.  What’s not to love?

With the temps as warm as they’ve been, we’ve been doing lots of cool water play activities here this week.    Our Ocean bin was a huge hit  yesterday.  The morning, I drained it, and re-arranged things for today’s dinosaur activity bin.

Dinosaur Activity Bin

I added a some rocks, stones and pebbles from our beloved stone collection, some plants from the garden and a couple of chunky sticks that have been in the sandbox for the past year or so.

croc in dinosaur activity bin

I scooped most of the rocks to one end of the bin to form a “beach” and I poured in a jug of water that I coloured with a few drops each of blue and green food colouring.examples of materials in dinosaur activity bin

Then I added all the dinosaurs and reptiles I could find.   The Hooligans loved it.real plants from the garden for dinosaur activity bin

Who wouldn’t?  This is such a great way to keep cool on a hot day.  And it’s so easy to pull an activity like this together.  Just a few items and a basin of water.

aquatic animals in dinosaur sensory bin

Inexpensive and simple but it encourages such imaginative play.dinosaur water bin - happy hooligans

If your Hooligans are very young, and stones and beads are a choking concern for you, leave them out.  They’ll be happy to just have the animals in the water.  The baby was trying to mess around with things when I was setting up the bin, so I tossed a couple of fish and some corks into the bowl of water that the Hooligans wash their hands in when we’re outside, and she was more than happy splashing around in that while I did what I had to do.


    • happyhooligans says

      You’re welcome! We’re on a bit of a kick with them here these days! Glad you’re liking them! :)

  1. Gloria Lauture says

    Wow! I absolutely love this idea. I teach 4 and 5 year old kiddos and they will love this. Thank you so much for the idea.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thank you, Sheila! I’m so glad you’ve found me too! I hope you get lots of inspiration from my site. :)

    • happyhooligans says

      I switch the water out every day, Shawna. I just drain the old off, fill it up again and re-arrange the contents of the bin – takes 5 minutes.

  2. Ellen Bober says

    Did a quick and dirty version this morning with just rocks, sticks from the park we live next to, and leaves and grass from the backyard with live-in 2 1/2 yo grandson T-man. Howling success! Our own dinosaur park! Sometimes simplest is perfect! Would post a pic but not sure how via my droid…where are the 10yo’s when you need them!

    • happyhooligans says

      Wonderful, Ellen! Isn’t it great with those simple activities result in so much fun! So glad you gave it a go!

  3. Linda says

    I made a “Barbie beach” once for my girls, I took a cardboard refrigerator lid box, a Rubbermaid cake lid, added blue water, sand shells, plastic plants for alms, and then Barbie’s! I can’t tell you what a. Great time we had, it was great!


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