We had lots of the materials laying around and hopefully you will too. If not, they should not be very costly. Most of the steps can be done by your child with you giving some direction. Allow them to be as independent as possible. What a great confidence booster!
Here's what you need to get started:
The first thing you want to do is poke or drill several small holes in the bottom of your container so the soil can drain. Otherwise, it will flood and the grass won't grow. Could that be why dinosaurs went extinct?? Next, add potting soil to your container, leaving about a half inch from the top. Reaching, lifting and pouring are such great activities for building motor skills! As an occupational therapist, these are the things I love to see!
Add some rocks, sticks or whatever your child decides would make a dinosaur landscape. This would be a great time for a scavenger hunt! Let their imaginations take the lead.
Next, sprinkle the surface with grass seed.
Add some water!
Now is the time to watch and be amazed as your child grows in creativity. They will play with their landscape as their imagination takes over. They will learn the importance of patience and care as they wait for the grass to grow. Excitement will build as they get to cut the grass for the firs time.
Have fun and enjoy the outdoors!
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Hi! I'm Ann - mother of seven, grandmother of two and occupational therapist. My mission is to provide the support families need to raise thriving children and to help you build a family environment that supports healthy development and a pathway to success.
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