Dinosaur Small World Tyre

We have spent a lot of time working on our garden recently. After finishing our patio area, I decided to make a start on Sophie’s play area. We were given some tyres for free from a local garage so I decided to turn one into a small world area. This was such a simple project which I set it up really quickly after she had gone to bed.


I decided to dig a hole and sink the tyre into it to make it quite sturdy. I didn’t bother with lining the tyre to stop weeds from growing, which I will probably regret! I filled it with the soil I had dug out and some compost.


Then I decorated the small world with plants, some tree trunk slices, rocks and gravel.



I left some of the dinosaurs in it for Sophie to discover. She was really excited when she found it the next day.


At first, she just sat down in the mud and just stared at the tyre. I picked up some of the dinosaurs and showed her the different areas and then she got stuck in!



As she played, we talked about the sounds we could hear when the dinosaurs stomped in the stones. She tried to climb in and stomp on them too at one point.


She loves to feed her toys so it didn’t take long for her to decide that the dinosaurs could eat the plants. She makes really cute eating noises as she plays.


Sophie picked a few of the leaves and fed them to the dinosaurs.


My husband was concerned that the fern would grow too quickly for the tyre but maybe we won’t have a problem after all.


We had some trees cut down recently but we left the stumps there. Sophie used them as seats while she played in her small world tyre. I am planning to make them into fairy houses as one of my next garden projects.


Sophie really enjoyed her small world area but I think the dinosaurs will still be taken on adventures in the rest of the garden too.


This activity is good for:

  • engaging in pretend play using toys
  • enjoying sensory experiences


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24 thoughts on “Dinosaur Small World Tyre

  1. Back again, I still haven’t sorted my sensory Tyre garden, but I am doing sensory work with the children staying this week. I love your small world, thank you for adding to #Trash2Treasure.

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  2. This is awesome! I have been thinking of making some small world tyres, this one is just great. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday. We hope you can join us again this week!


    1. Thank you! I wanted to leave it quite open ended so she could play with other toys in there too. Have you seen the old cable reels that people use to make small world tables? There are lots of examples on Pinterest. These make lovely indoor activities. x


  3. I keep meaning to make a sensory garden using tyres. I love your small world idea too. A great way to enjoy playing outdoors. Don’t forget to join me for Country Kids with this one. Popping by from #Letkidsbekids


      1. No problem – thanks for hosting. Glad to be of help. There are so many lovely small world tyre ideas on Pinterest. I have bought some herbs to plant nearby too x


  4. This is a brilliant idea and it looks great in your garden too. Jasmine’s massively into dinosaurs at the moment (or ‘daurs’ as she calls them) so she’d love something like this to play with.


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