Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I Dig Dino’s

My son loves Dinosaurs and he loves to play in the sand boxes where they dig for dinosaurs. I thought how easy it would be to make one for our own.
I used an old pool kids pool that had a small hole in it. Instead of throwing it away we use it as a sand box.
I bought this bag of brick mortar and i only used about a third of it. We mixed it in an old 5 gallon bucket and used a small shovel to stir in the water. It was very easy!  
I wanted the bottom to be smooth so we made the first batch really thin. My husband helped me mix it. We used a cement thrall (i hope i spelled that right) to make it smooth and then i used my index finger to smooth the edges. I idnt have any latex gloves but they would be a good idea since the motar does have chemicals in the mix. Make sure everything is very smooth you don't want to cut any tiny toes or fingers as the kids are playing 
I added a lil note for my son and made sure i put the year i made it.
As we let the first part dry make sure you clean out all your tools and buckets.
After the bottom layer is almost dry i took a cut out of a dinosaur i googled and laid it on the mortar. I drew the out line and then i knew where to add the next mixture of mortar.
I took small handful an formed the dinosaur head. if you have cracks in the mixture just dip your hands in some water and tap it to smooth it out.
I made a nose an eye and teeth. We were going to add a horn on the nose but i didn't want to keep messing. It isn’t the best dinosaur but my 2 year old will love it
We added a few backbones and that was enough for us. We wanted to keep it simple.
If you look it was only an inch or so high so it doesn't have to be anything to complicated.
Add a bag of play sand an some sand toys and your good to go. I need to get my son an old paint brush but i forgot to grab it at the store.
Here he is just starting to get uncovered.
Well I hope you liked our Dinosaur sandbox and it inspires you to do something fun for your kids this summer.


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  2. This is a most excellent idea! My kids haven't really hit the dinosaur phase yet, but when they do, I will have to remember it:)

    I am going to post this on facebook for all the moms to see.

  3. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this idea! My local dinosaur museum has this same thing in their "dino quarry". Thank you for sharing! I would LOVE for you to link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

  4. That is so AWESOME! I think you did a fabulous job on your dinosaur. We are new followers from Making the World Cuter. Can't wait to raid your archives. Come check us out too.


  5. What a cute idea! I bet he loves that!

  6. I love, love, LOVE this idea!!! I have three boys. I know for a fact they would go crazy for this : ) They have played with similar things at botanical gardens and kids museums, but I never for a minute thought of making my own. What a great project!
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

  7. Fantastic! My little girl would LOVE this.
    Stopping by from Hazel and Honeysuckle!

  8. What a great idea. It almost makes me wish my kids were little again.

  9. Wow! That's amazing. What a clever idea. Thanks so much for sharing it on Shindig Saturday.

  10. Oh, how fun! I can't imagine how excited he must've been when he first found it. :-) Thanks for linking up!

  11. You're such a cool mum, that is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it at Hazel & Honeysuckle :D

  12. What a fun idea! My son would LOVE this, and I even have a partially used bag of concrete in my garage that is just waiting for a project just like this!

  13. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  14. what a fun idea! This just looks liek it was so much fun! Thank you for sharing on the Sunday Showcase - hope tyo see more fabulous ideas next week!


  15. This is so creative! And would really be a fun activity for the kids! thanks for sharing!

  16. That is such a cute idea!! Love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  17. How incredibly cool is this?? I am absolutely intrigued, you deserve an award, if not more! I had my own little sand box as a kid, but try as I might, I couldn't unearth a dinosaur. Only rotting leaves... your son is one lucky guy!

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