A diorama is a 3-D model of an area. Making a nature diorama is a good way for kids to learn about a part of nature -- and then demonstrate what you've learned.
What You'll Need:
- Reference books
- Shoe box
- Markers or paint
- Craft glue
- Nature decorations
- Cotton balls
The world is made up of many different types of habitats or environments. To create your diorama, you'll first need to learn about one kind of habitat. You might pick the desert, woods, or someplace else. Learn about the plants and animals that live there, the different kinds of rocks and water sources, and anything else that makes that habitat unique.
Once you have a picture in your mind of what the area is like, turn that picture into your diorama.
Step 1: Turn the shoe box on its side.
Step 2: On the sides and "roof" of the box, draw or paint the background of your habitat.
Step 3: Use what is the "floor" of the shoe box to make the foreground of your diorama. You might glue down sand and rocks for a desert, or toy trees and a "lake" (shallow cup of water) for a woods.
Step 4: Make plants and animals out of clay to populate your habitat.
Step 5: Glue cotton balls to the top of the box in order to put clouds in the sky.
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