Friday, January 2, 2015
Both of my kids have always enjoyed making Diorama's. Any shoe box that comes into this house finds a place of it's own because for certain it has diorama written all over it!
A diorama is a three dimensional miniature scene. We have always made our diorama's using a shoe box but you could use other things like a paper plate, a large can or jar or just the lid to a shoebox.
Our interest in diorama's first came about when my son was about 4 years old and watched the television network, Sprout. During commercials Sprout t.v. shows a child with their diorama and my son had an interest to make his own. Actually, one of my son's diorama's is still being shown on Sprout t.v. to this day (4 years later!)
Our most recent diorama is one with a winter theme.
Here are the materials we used:
Winter stickers; snowman, penguin and reindeer
Glue and hot glue gun (not shown)
I can't tell you what we used as the 'snow' but I found it in a ziploc baggie in my Christmas bin and it worked great!
We started off with this shoe box:
Since the stickers we were using were not colored in my preschooler first began by coloring them and attaching them to popsicle sticks. (sorry didn't snap a photo of this!)
We also added our snow base by painting on some white glue and adding on our 'snow.'
We chose to have a night time sky so we used black construction paper and added stars to our sky by scribbling with a glue stick and then sticking on tiny star confetti.
I used a hot glue gun to stick our popsicle stick friends onto the snow and for our snowflakes we just used some glue, attached the string to the snowflake and used more glue to hang snowflakes from the top of the box.
Finally, since we usually share our diorama's with Sprout, simply by uploading a picture to their website, we added the Sprout logo to the back of our diorama which is a requirement when sharing with them.
Voila, Shoebox Diorama!
Here you can see the other Dioramas we've made.