How to make a simple dinosaur diorama

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How to make a simple dinosaur diorama
You can make a dinosuar diorama to accompany a presentation. (golden dinosaur image by Paul Moore from

When children reach elementary age, they will need to learn about prehistory and the reign of the dinosaurs on Earth. One way to make this lesson more exciting and interactive is to provide the children with a craft project related to dinosaurs. For example, you can help the children make shoebox dioramas featuring a scene from the dinosaur age. Once the students are finished with their dinosaur dioramas, they can display them around the classroom.

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Things you need

  • Shoebox
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Coloured modelling clay
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Plastic dinosaur figures

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  1. 1

    Paint the inside of the shoebox with green and brown acrylic paint. You can use abstract painting techniques without concrete imagery.

  2. 2

    Allow the paint to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Draw pictures of lush trees and foliage on construction paper.

  4. 4

    Cut out the greenery with scissors.

  5. 5

    Decide which side of the box will be the bottom of the diorama.

  6. 6

    Glue the greenery onto the bottom of the diorama.

  7. 7

    Press green and brown modelling clay around the trees to resemble the uneven landscape of the dinosaur realm.

  8. 8

    Cut a 2- to 3-inch piece of twine.

  9. 9

    Glue one end of the piece of twine onto a plastic dinosaur that is known to have flown.

  10. 10

    Glue the other end of the twine to the roof of the diorama.

  11. 11

    Press other plastic dinosaur figures into the modelling clay landscape, then display the diorama.

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