Dinosaur World & Fairyland made from Egg Cartons

When Tinkerlab invited us to take part in their latest challenge how could we resist! Previous creative challenges have included paper bags, magazines & this month it's egg cartons!  We've been storing quite a few of these away ready for this challenge, & Minnie knew exactly what she wanted to make with them. So with a quick hunt around our craft stash & the garden she created these small world play areas. I was going to feature just one, but love them both & couldn't decide between them, so here are her two creations.

Firstly she created her Dinosaur World!


She scooped green coloured sand from her sandpit (that we used for our Treasure hunt) & mixed in a little soil to one half of the egg carton.


Small pebbles were added along with a few branches that had been pulled from nearby shrubs. Minnie (under supervision) made a hole in the centre sections of the egg carton using a biro & then pushed the branches through.


The dinos enjoyed their new home, & Minnie loved mixing the sand & soil between her fingers, & hiding the dinos beneath it.


She was keen to add water to the other half of the egg carton so the dinosaurs could have a bath! We talked about what would happen to the cardboard if water were added, & I suggested using tinfoil instead. She agreed she didn't want the carton to go soggy, so we added some foil to the base, along with more stones she had collected. (We've since added a shallow plastic dish to the foil side & added water so the dinos can have a real splash!)


A perfect space to cool off under the shade of the 'trees' in the water!


The following day Minnie wanted to create another 'egg carton world' using some play dough & the flowers she had from her flower shop.
This small world setup was to become Fairyland!


She used more green sand, but this time added some glass beads to one half of the carton.


She squashed play dough into the other half & we made a path with more glass beads.


The 'trees' were added (as they were before) & Fairyland was taking shape.


Minnie decorated her fairyland by pushing the silk flowers into the play dough


She added shells to make steps for the fairies, & made a pink "soft armchair" for them to rest in the garden.


Even Snow White was invited to visit!


The flowers were great for playing 'hide & seek'


These 'egg carton worlds' have encouraged so much imaginative, creative, & sensory play & discovery.


They've been a big hit with Minnie, & her friends, & are so simple & frugal to create with a few small world play figures, & some bits from your home/garden. The best thing is that these egg cartons can be carefully folded (using the sand half as the base) & stored to be used at a later date. The contents can be stored inside, although obviously the greenery will have to be replaced.


Here are the other great blogs taking part in Tinkerlab's Creative Challenge. Be sure to check out all their creative ideas, & if you have an egg carton creation why not add your link below.
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6 comments:

  1. Love these small world scenes. You and your daughter have amazing imaginations!

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  2. These are really cute I am really looking forward to the next year and a half as J's imagination starts to develop like this

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  3. I love the dino world. I'm collecting dinosaur ideas and I can see lots of little ones having fun with this project at our party!

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  4. This is an absolutely brilliant idea. My youngest loves dinosaurs at the moment (if you are interested there's photos of our latest trip to dinosaur world on my blog). Thanks for sharing.

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  5. This looks such fun. i love the jewels to make the path.

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  6. This collection is simply amazing! Awesome and perfect for the kids! I really loved the materials you put to complete the features these. We did an Egg Carton Color Sorting Activity game out of the same materials you used. You should check it out! :)
    EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com: Preschool Egg Carton Color Sorting Activity

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