With all the animal toys we have lying around our house, it's a jungle out there! We thought that it'd be fun to transform an empty box into a safari diorama.
My son, who just finished kindergarten, was not really familiar with the term "diorama". But when I asked him if he was interested in building a "habitat" for his safari animals, his face lit up.
Building a diorama is as easy as you want to make it (we like easy!), and my kids always have a blast. It's a similar concept to playing with a dollhouse or building with blocks--you get to be the "engineer" for your own little environment--which kids really seem to engage with.
How we did it:
- cardboard (the grown-up will need to cut off the lid & flaps)
- construction paper (we used origami and tissue paper)
- other building materials (clay, play dough, Nuudles, etc. )
First, discuss what types of things your animals need in their habitat. Trees? Water? Grass? Shelter? Food? Toys??
Of course, depending on the age of your child, they may go more for free-form creations or take a fun imaginative route.
Next, start building! My son decided to use the Nuudles to create the trunks of his trees. Have you played with these before? They're biodegradable building blocks made from cornstarch. You just need a wet paper towel, and dampen the end of a block (don't get it too wet) and it will stick to anything -- the cardboard or another block. He then crumpled up tissue paper to make the "leaves."
Add grass, watering holes--whatever else your animal friends need.
Then introduce your animals to their new habitat!