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« on: December 02, 2011 06:45:06 AM »

Here's the low-down, my son loves dinosaurs.

Seriously.

Five minutes with him and you'll not only learn something new but tie your tongue in knots attempting to repeated the bloody names.

He's such a show-off Smiley

So what do you do for your dinosaur-obsessed kid? Make him his own dino garden, of course! This would be a wonderful gift for any adventurous young soul and can be customised for jungle animals, dogs, fairies, you name it.



Materials:

    * Large shallow tray with holes in the bottom (you can buy from a garden stockist but mine came from the
       recycling centre)
    * Old newspapers or junk mail
    * Potting mix
    * A selection of small plants
    * Plastic animals (or figurines made from an outdoor-friendly material)
    * Rocks, twigs, nuts, sand etc
 

   1. Grab your tray and line it with newspaper/junk mail
   2. Fill the tray 3/4 full with potting mix
   3. Lay out your plants (still in the pots), figurines and ornaments until it looks just right
   4. Plant your plants and mould the potting mix to achieve hills and valleys for your other adornments
   5. We added a rock path, scattered some sand over the top and sprinkled in some flower and lettuce seeds
      (to feed the dinosaurs of course!)
   6. Find a good place for your miniature garden, keep in mind the preferences of your plants. The idea is that the kids
      can play with their garden, but it would be best not to keep moving it about

More pictures and project notes on my blog.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011 07:11:31 AM »

aww! what a great idea! youll have to find some mini dino bones to hide in there and let him dig up someday like a little archeologist!

too cute!
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011 07:15:27 AM »

Thank you Cheesy

Actually, I'm making him a custom dinosaur dig for Christmas where he gets to unearth big plastic dinosaurs (but not bones, he likes 'real' dinos, lmao). He's had the little cheap ones before and loved them but I'll be making one with layers of dirt, sand, rock etc with plaster of paris to make it 'real'. Cheesy

I'll post it on here when it's done.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011 08:35:13 AM »

Thank you Cheesy

Actually, I'm making him a custom dinosaur dig for Christmas where he gets to unearth big plastic dinosaurs (but not bones, he likes 'real' dinos, lmao). He's had the little cheap ones before and loved them but I'll be making one with layers of dirt, sand, rock etc with plaster of paris to make it 'real'. Cheesy

I'll post it on here when it's done.

oh my goodness i bet that is going to be super cute! i cant wait to see it! good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011 09:30:41 PM »

This is such a great idea! Wish I'd had one when I was young...what the heck, I want one for now!
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