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How to make a habitat diorama using a shoe-box and an imagination

Howdy Sassy-Sci peeps! Today, the Prez and I are inviting you all into our lab to explore how to make a habitat diorama with a shoe-box and an imagination, plus a few more materials you have lying around the house.

This summer my niece and nephew, Train and Blaisey, have asked me to share a series - The Summer of Super Science Fun! Last year, the fabulous Summer Beach got the privilege of sharing with you all. It was supertastic! But I promise that Linc Dog and I won't disappoint!

We'll be making indoor fireworks, doing a few scientific magic tricks, and so much more! But today, we are going to do something that is part science, part art - some peeps like to call this a STEAM activity, but the Prez and I just call it super fun!

Let's chat about how to make a habitat diorama...

How to Make a Habitat Diorama

What you need:

  • Shoe-box
  • Construction paper
  • Air-dry clay
  • Glue
  • Markers

What to do:

  1. First things first! You need to choose what habitat you would like to create. You can make your diorama about grasslands, the desert, the forest, the Arctic, or the ocean.
  2. OK, the next step is to gather pictures of the habitat and the animals in it. These will serve as your inspiration as you move forward.
  3. Then, it is time to get to work! Start making the plants and animals that you would like to showcase in the habitat. You can make these out of clay or you can draw them on paper and color them in.
  4. Now, you'll create the background for your habitat diorama. And you know that we love to help Y'all out, so download a few background pictures for free right here: habitat posters!
  5. And finally, you will pull it all together in your shoe-box. Put the background in the back and place the animals and plants you created towards the front.

How to Make a Habitat Diorama

Wrapping it up

Woohoo! We'd love to see the habitats you create - post a pic on Instagram and tag it with #SassySci (or @sassafrassci habitat project) and the Prez and I will check it out!

We'll be back in two weeks with another super fun activity just in time for the 4th of July!

Cecil Sassafras


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