What Do We See... Under the Sea?
Dioramas are creative and appealing ways for kids to express their ideas and apply their knowledge. Developing three-dimensional displays flexes their creative and academic muscles.
1 Stand a recycled shoe box on its side, with the opening facing you. Have an adult poke small holes in the top of the box for as many sea creatures as you plan to make. Paint the inside of the box in ocean colors to create the background for your underwater scene.
2 While the paint is drying, use Crayola® Model Magic® to create sea creatures. Shape an octopus, sharks, a whale, or whatever you might see under the sea!
3 With a toothpick, poke the ends of short strings into the tops of your sea creatures, then pinch the moist modeling compound closed, so you can hang your creature later.
4 Decorate and add features to dry sea creatures with Crayola Washable Markers.
5 Draw plant life and other parts of the ocean environment with markers on the inside of the box. Or cut them out of construction paper with Crayola Scissors. Glue on with Crayola School Glue. Add sand, shells, and pebbles for a realistic view, if you have them.
6 To hang your creatures, tie the end of the string that is sticking out of the creature to a toothpick and thread it through the hole in the top of the box.
7 Cut plastic wrap to fit over the open side of the box. Tape it to the sides. Now your creatures look like they're floating in the ocean!