This dinosaur dig sensory tray has been a great way to help pass the time during lock down.  Not only has BB enjoyed finding all the pieces that I hid, but he has also been hiding them for me to find.

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For your own dinosaur dig sensory tray you will need:

  • Dinosaur silicone mould
  • Shells
  • Filling*
  • Tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Plaster of paris

*I used something called playfoam pluffle, which came from a local toy shop.  It is feels like the stuff they make playground floors out of.  If you don’t want to spend money on getting this, then you could use rice/sand/grains/kinetic sand.

I don’t remember where I picked up the dinosaur skeleton silicone mould from.  I bought it years ago, solely for doing this.  Amazon do do them.

Use the plaster of paris to make the dinosaur skeleton and leave it over night to set properly.

When it is dry, put the filling into the tray and hide the bones and shells in there.

dinosaur dig sensory tray

I set it up on a table with a paintbrush and the mould for BB to find.  The paintbrush was for him to dust the filling to the side like a palaeontologist.  Although he did abandon it relatively quickly.  I left the mould out so that he could put the pieces he found back into their places.

dinosaur dig sensory tray

You could extend the play one step further and add some books on dinosaurs or shells.  That way you and your little one can look up what they have found.

If you enjoyed this dinosaur dig sensory tray be sure to check out my taste safe snow dough, Mickey Mouse sensory tray, and jelly sensory play.

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Dinosaur dig sensory tray for preschoolers and children.