Why dinosaur land?
We have at home a big fan of dinosaurs. Our son is a proper freak. I didn’t know there are so many dinosaur species. I knew maybe three or four main ones but now I know even those which are really hard to pronounce. That little boy could talk about dinosaurs all day and he would be not bored. Sometimes he called himself a raptor. Because it’s his favourite one. He has underwear with dinos, socks, duvet set and I think it could be easier to say what he hasn’t with dino motifs. Probably he needed only a dinosaur land.
All about dinosaurs
Obviously, I have so many dinosaurs at home that one day I will be able to open my own Jurassic Park. We had to find them a ‘home’ because it was hard to keep all of them in one place. We could find them in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom. I was a little bit tired because of that. So, as we have some spare time during this lockdown, my husband got an idea to create a proper dinosaur land with mountains, a volcano, and a cave.
Easy way to make dinosaur land
I was really curious about how he wants to do that and what material he wants to use. He got my attention when he said that he will use flour, water, cardboard, and some newspapers. When I saw the final result I was amazed. I’m so lucky to have such a creative husband and a father who loves to spend time with his son and makes him happy.
Why We love DIY?
Because it gives us quality family time. We can do something together and be proud of it. And it can help to develop our son’s creativity and curiosity. Using hands and brains can be fun! Also, parents can learn how to be more patient 😛
Ok, after that long beginning and overwhelming speech about DIY we can show you our beautiful dinosaur land. I’m really proud of my boys and I think it looks awesome. Especially painting which my little fella did so carefully.
What we used to make it
- old cardboard
- magazines scraps
- a mixture of flour and water (2 cups of water and 2 cups of flour for semi-thick paper mache if you want a little bit smoother you need more water eh 2 cups of flour plus 3 cups of water. Mix it up until smooth and it’s ready)
How we did it
First of all my husband used some old cardboard as a base and small cardboard to make a proper shape of mountains, waterfall, volcano, and a cave.
Because it looked quite sturdy and the shape wasn’t the best he used magazine scraps which he deep into a mixture of flour and water and just cover all cardboard land.
We had to wait a few days to dry it and after that, we could paint it.
That whole technique with paper and flour is called the paper mache technique. If you are interested in this technique and you want to know more about recipes, tips I found a good resource here.
And here you have our final result and one little happy boy with his dinosaur land.
I hope you like our DIY ideas the same as we do. So, don’t forget to check our other DIY projects like Hot Wheels garage from toilet rolls. As our son is more interested in it we will share more and more! Of course, he is driving us crazy during those projects but we know it helps him to develop some new skills.
Let us know what do you think about DIY 🙂