For my dinosaur-obsessed son’s last birthday, I put together a fun dinosaur party for him and his friends. Last week I shared with you the dinosaur bone invitations (made from salt dough), and today I’ll be sharing a fun DIY dinosaur dig excavation kit that I made and gave to each child at the party as a party favor.
Any budding paleontologist would love to dig for dinos with these fun kits. These kits were put together a day or two before the party, and the kids absolutely LOVED them!
Here’s how I made them…
Dinosaur Dig Excavation Kits:
- Play Sand
- Dinosaur Toys
- Plastic containers with lids (mine came from Dollar Tree)
- Magnifying Glasses
- Plastic Spoons and Knives (if kids are old enough to use the knives)
Step 1. You first need to decide how hard you would like the finished dinosaur dig surface to be. For older kids and harder “dirt”, mix 8 cups sand with 1 cup plaster, then add 1 cup of water. Mix well. To make a softer “dirt” for younger kids, mix 8 cups water with 1/2 cup plaster, then add 1/2 cup water. Mix well.
Since I was making quite a few of these, I mixed up my mixture in a very large plastic bucket with a paint stir stick.
Feel free to experiment with a consistency that works for the age of children you are making this dinosaur dig for. It definitely took some experimenting and trying out different consistencies to figure out what worked for the ages of my kids and the kids at the party.
Step 2. Fill a plastic container a little less than halfway with the sand mixture. Press down on the mixture to flatten it. Add two dinosaur toys to the mixture, then cover the dinosaurs up with more sand mixture and press down firmly to pack it in.
Step 3. Let dry in the sun without the lid. Add lid when the mixture has dried and hardened. Repeat this process for every kit that you are making.
Step 4. To decorate the container, wrap a piece of burlap (or burlap ribbon) around the container, and secure with hot glue or a safety pin. Tie a magnifying glass to the top by wrapping thick jute around the magnifying glass and the container, and tying in a knot on the top.
Wrap a thin piece of jute around a green plastic knife, spoon, and two different sizes of paintbrushes. Tie a knot around them, then place the tools underneath the big knotted piece of jute.
You can also create your own custom tags for your dino dig kits if you are making these for party favors. Just attach to the thin jute by punching a hole in the tag and stringing it through!
Aren’t they FUN?!! These cute dinosaur dig kits are guaranteed to keep your kids busy, and they’ll love being rewarded at the end of their search with two toy dinosaurs that they get to keep!
I originally shared this project on Live. Craft. Love.
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