Some kids love dinosaurs, so this diorama will be something they will enjoy.Â Our classes are only one hour long, so I have chosen to print dinosaur pictures to use with this project, but if you choose to have the kids draw the dinosaurs, here is a great website showing how to draw them.Â Â Â Â http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/how-to-draw-dinosaurs.htm .Â Â In the supply list I have included a sheet of images to use as I did.Â For diorama background ideas, go toÂ Â http://www.prehistory.com/and click on the different categories.
- Kleenex box
- Blue construction paper (cut 3 Â¾â€ X 18â€)
- Green construction paper(cut 4 Â½â€ X 8 Â¾â€)
- Scraps of construction paper
- White cardstock
- Pictures of dinosaurs, one copy per four students(Pattern)
- Light blue marker
- Glue stick
- To prepare the Kleenex box, cut away one long side leaving about Â½â€ around the outside.Â You may have to reinforce the corners with a bit of scotch tape.
- Fold the blue construction paper so that each end measures 4 Â½â€.Â Slide the paper through the top opening in the Kleenex box and fit to the back and sides of the box.
- Fit the green paper to the bottom inside of the box.
- Â Show some pictures for background ideas.Â With scrap pieces of paper draw and cut out trees, grass, shrubs, clouds and water.Â Make a couple of trees with space left on the bottom to bend back and glue to make them free standing.Â Glue clouds to the sky; a water hole and free standing shrubs to the bottom.Â Glue grass to the front bottom edge and add distant trees to the sides and back of the diorama.
- Â Make copies of dinosaurs on white cardstock. Each student gets two images.Â I cut the images leaving about Â½â€ of margin along the bottom of the image to fold to the back and glue inside the diorama, this makes the dinosaurs Â free standing.Â I allowed about 1/4â€ around the rest of the image and colored around the image with the light blue marker.
- If using the flying image, tape a string across the top opening.Â Glue a small piece of string to the back of the image and tie it to the opening string.
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