Some kids love dinosaurs, so this diorama will be something they will enjoy. 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. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/how-to-draw-dinosaurs.htm . In the supply list I have included a sheet of images to use as I did. For diorama background ideas, go to http://www.prehistory.com/and click on the different categories.
- Kleenex box
- Blue construction paper (cut 3 ¾” X 18”)
- Green construction paper(cut 4 ½” X 8 ¾”)
- 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 ½” around the outside. You may have to reinforce the corners with a bit of scotch tape.
- Fold the blue construction paper so that each end measures 4 ½”. 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.
- Show some pictures for background ideas. With scrap pieces of paper draw and cut out trees, grass, shrubs, clouds and water. Make a couple of trees with space left on the bottom to bend back and glue to make them free standing. Glue clouds to the sky; a water hole and free standing shrubs to the bottom. Glue grass to the front bottom edge and add distant trees to the sides and back of the diorama.
- Make copies of dinosaurs on white cardstock. Each student gets two images. I cut the images leaving about ½” of margin along the bottom of the image to fold to the back and glue inside the diorama, this makes the dinosaurs free standing. I allowed about 1/4” 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. Glue a small piece of string to the back of the image and tie it to the opening string.