This has been a fun week!! I’m not sure who’s more excited about a fun project the kids and I have been working on…me or the kids?
I was helping a friend of mine organize her school room last week and I came across a project her son had created. It was an arctic diorama. It was so cool!! It got me really excited and inspired to tackle a project like this with my kids.
Recently my support teacher had mentioned that my kids still needed to cover habitats…so…I had a great excuse to play…Ahem…um…er…I mean for the kids to play and create ;) This mama has to try not to micromanage the project ;)
How did we make these awesome creations you ask?
The first thing we did was decide on which habitats to create. Believe me, it’s harder then it sounds!! We are not tackling 1 habitat, but 6 because I couldn’t just decide on one. The 3 older kids get to create two each.
On our agenda is the Jungle and African Grasslands, Desert and Forest, the Ocean and the Arctic.
Seriously!? Such fun projects!!
Once we decided on the themes, I had the kids do some research on what animals live in each habitat and create a list. They also wrote down descriptions of the environments so they had an idea of what to look for to create the right habitat.
Next we collected supplies…this was the fun part because it included shopping. We hit the dollar store and toy store. It was fun walking up and down the aisles seeing what ideas the kids would come up with. They had some really creative ideas of how to use different random items.
We found many of our plastic animals at the dollar store(s) and those we couldn’t find, we either found at the toy store, bought second hand or I printed off pictures of them. I also printed off background pictures.
Once we had all the fun items, we found boxes to build our habitats in.
After everything was gathered, the kids started painting the outside of the boxes to go with the theme of which habitat would be in that box.
When the outside of the boxes were painted, the kids worked on the inside backdrop scene. There was painting involved and gluing the printed backdrops to the inside of the boxes.
The next part was the most fun…arranging all the scenery props and then the animals.
When the kids decided what the surrounding area was going to look like, they glued the scenery props in place and then glued the animals into place.
These were so much fun and worth the effort!
Here are the steps for creating a diorama of your own:
- Decide on a habitat theme
- Research animals and environment
- Collect supplies needed for box, animals and environment
- Paint the outside of the box
- Paint/decorate the inside of the box
- Arrange scenery props and animal
Have fun creating !