I’ve been wanting to blog this one for ages but I’ve just been so busy. That’s one of the reasons I’m really loving Project 365- it’s making me blog every day and so here, at last, is the tale of the dinosuar table.
My son turned 3 in December. He is mad on dinosaurs and in the run up to his birthday, whenever anyone asked him what he wanted his answer would always be: “A great big massive dinosaur!” Me being me, I had to organise a dinosaur themed party for him (more dinosaur posts to come!) and it soon turned into a dinosaur dig fit for a king! Now, because the house was already crammed full of dinosaurs and more were expected, I felt that my son needed a specific place to play. He had been using figurines and other toys in role play for a while (adopting different voices for different characters and making up various scenarios etc) and so we’d bought Wonderworld’s Eco doll’s house as his main present, knowing he would love acting out stories with it. Then it struck me. He needed a dinosaur world for his dinosaurs to stomp, fight, and whatever else his 3 year old imagination wanted them to do. So, this is what I did.
- I bought a table from Ikea. The one I got was called Latt. It was only £17 and came with two chairs. For a sturdier version, go for Wood furniture that is a little heavier.
- I bought a door mat from Ikea. It was this one in dark green- this was my grass.
- I stuck the mat to the table with all purpose glue.
- I added some baked cotton balls (really easy to make- mix flour, water and food colouring with cotton wool balls and bake) and stuck them on too. They’re boulders and stones, and they also hold the plants.
- I stuck artificial plants into the cotton balls and onto the table itself. I also found various other leaves and plants from toys that they kids no longer played with and added them to the table too.
- I introduced the dinosaurs to their new home!
It really was that easy, and that cheap. My son loves his dinosuar table and I love the fact that I made it myself!