Create a Habitat Diorama
Habitats are more than just the place an animal lives - they are complex communities of living plants and animals, the rocks and dirt underneath them, the air they breathe, and even the climate and weather of the place they call home.
Recreating a habitat for a museum diorama isn’t easy - it can take scientists and artists hundreds of hours to gather materials, paint, sculpt, taxidermy, and finally assemble each diorama. Not everything in a habitat diorama came from nature - leaves can be made out of wax or paper, trees might be made of plaster, and even entire animals can be made from plastic! Each piece is carefully created to represent nature. They’re works of art as well as science - and you can make your own at home!
- A box or container (shoeboxes work well for medium-sized dioramas)
- Plant/animal figurines
- Decorations (natural materials and craft supplies)
- Household craft materials (paint, glue, scissors)
- If you used natural materials in your diorama, watch them for a few days. Do they stay the same or start to change?
- How do you think museums preserve the natural materials in their dioramas?
- Dioramas show one moment in time. How would your environment change with changing seasons?