How to build a tiger habitat diorama

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are teaching children about the lives and habitats of different tigers around the world, you can make the lesson more interesting and interactive by providing the kids with a hands-on activity related to the lesson. For example, you can show the kids how they can create a colourful diorama featuring a tiger living in a tiger-friendly habitat. This can help the children better understand what types of environments tigers live best in.

Paint the inside of a shoebox to resemble a tiger's habitat. Paint the top half of the sides of the box blue to look like the sky. Paint trees and tall grass on the bottom half of the sides and on the bottom of the box using green, tan and brown paint.

Press air-drying clay into the bottom of the box, and form it with your hands to look lump, like a forest floor.

Insert blades of artificial glass and plastic tiger figurines into the wet clay, then allow the clay to air dry for three hours. The tigers and grass blades will dry inside the clay, securing them to the floor of the diorama.

Cover the clay with craft glue, avoiding the grass blades ad plastic tigers.

Cover the glued clay with sand, and allow the glue to dry for one hour. Shake off the excess sand.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Air-drying clay
  • Artificial grass
  • Craft glue
  • Sand
  • Plastic tiger figurines
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