Make Your Own Dinosaur Garden

By Jun 6, 20163 Comments

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Summer is here, which means…. it’s time to entertain the kids! When my kids are home all day, my house ends up looking like a disaster zone. So this summer I decided we are going to conquer the chaos by spending as much time outside as possible! This super fun Dinosaur Garden was our first project, and it turned out to be the perfect summer activity for kids. When I made it, the boys freaked out and played for 2 hours!

Make your own dinosaur garden! This is a fun summer activity to do with your kids. Choose plants that are easy to maintain, and watch their love of gardening grow. Don't forget to include a venus fly trap - no dino garden should be without one.

Dinosaur Garden

The beauty of the Dino Garden is that you can make it however you want!  However, there are a few key essentials I would recommend!

Supply List

  • Large bucket or barrel
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Pebbles
  • Dinosaurs
  • Plants
  • Venus Fly Trap (this was my surprise for the boys, and they loved it!)
  • Volcano (the kids can make this before your plant your garden)
  • A little swimming hole for your dinosaurs

Begin by first filling your pot with soil. Make sure there is enough so that the roots of your plats will be totally covered. When your soil is ready, it is time to add plants and decorate your dinosaur garden.

A dinosaur garden is such a cute summer activity!

To make my garden feel prehistoric I used a combination of different plants.  I found some cool wispy bush plants, some plants that looked like mini trees, and added moss to make it feel like the jungle.


I also added in a Venus Fly Trap. The kids were fascinated by this plant and spent hours waiting to see if it would catch a fly! I also added a few succulents to the “desert” part of my Dino Land.

Tip: When you water do not use a hose. It will ruin your beautiful design! Use a watering can.


The watering hole was my favorite part. I wanted it to look like it was surrounded by tall palms and very lush. The watering hole was a little reptile dish.  I added some moss around the hole for some extra greenery!


The sandy part of the garden was around the volcano! I added some little black pebbles to make it look like volcanic ash.  You can use whatever plants and gravel you would like, but I think it is fun to add different elements to give it an eclectic look!

After you have planted all your plants make sure that you give it a good water. Of course, do not forget to add your dinosaurs! They are the best part of the dinosaur garden. It’s a great way to teach your kids about gardening this summer. My kids have spent hours outside playing with their dinosaur garden every day. That is a summer vacation win!

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.


  • Emma says:

    Love this idea! Such fun for pretend play!

  • Hi, Leah

    Your great ideas about dinosaur garden made me so remember about my childhood, that we play around at home. Thanks for the tips that i can certainly follow up with the ideas for kids.

  • This is so cute, and honestly I totally did this as a kid! I raided all of my dad’s garden beds and set up my dinosaurs like it was Jurassic Park. Before that was a thing. 🙂