- Arts and Design
Making an Ocean Diorama
Great Introduction to Ocean Life
Making an ocean diorama is a great way of researching and learning about the creatures that live in the oceans. Find out what fish lives where, who eats who, how big they are, etc- at the same time having fun.Complement with some videos or research, depending on the age of your children.
You can either make our simple diorama, it is complete in itself, or add a few details.To make it even more fun, put it inside a painted shoe box (or similar), turning it into a real ocean. See how we did it, step by step. Most important when doing Ocean Craft is to have fun!
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
Arthur C. Clarke
We decided to spend our winter holiday doing Ocean Craft. In this way, we felt, the summer with trips to the beach and collecting shells, burying ourselves in the sand- all of this would come faster. When we think of the summer it makes even the coldest winter day more bearable.
It's also very fascinating to learn about different kinds of fish and other sea animals. While having fun we looked up more information and managed to learn a whole lot at the same time!
Ocean Diorama- Step 1 - Stencil for Diorama
The diorama is made on a normal A4 paper. Use your fantasy, putting whatever sea creatures you wish, or use our picture. It doesn't matter if these are sea creatures that only live in your fantasy, the whole point is to have fun. The picture is divided into three parts. Basically, the second one is double the size of the first one. The third one is a little bit bigger than the second.
Ocean Diorama- Step 2 - Coloring
Coloring the diorama is great fun, use any kinds of colors. In our fantasy ocean, the seahorse is pink, as is the fish. Guess the favorite color of my daughter? Glue the picture on to a stiffer paper. It is not really necessary with card board, just a little more stability is needed.
Acquarium Ornament - The Fish Will Love It
These ornaments can very well be used to build up a diorama. They add color and depth to the whole project.
Ocean Diorama- Step 3 - Ocean Diorama Base
Cut and fold according to the picture.(This is the base of another diorama, hence the grey color.) Glue even the base on a thicker paper.
These animals are fun to use in the diorama, but even excellent for other play. Look up the names together and see the animal's habitat.
Ocean Diorama- Step 4 - Folding the Base
Here, we have colored and folded the base for the ocean diorama. It is almost ready! Now it looks like the deep sea or ocean, maybe we could even have colored some sand here and there?
Basic Diorama Kit
If you don't feel like creating your own diorama, it's a good idea to buy a kit. All the parts are here, in perfect measurement and all you have to do is put it together.
Ocean Diorama- Step 5 - The Finished Ocean Diorama
Cut out the different parts of the colored diorama, and stick them in the slits on the base. Enjoy your very own ocean view! We realized that the colors weren't so strong, so maybe felt tip pens is a better option, or maybe watercolors.
Did you like our ocean diorama?
Every drop in the ocean counts.
Ocean Diorama Optional Extra
To make the Ocean Diorama even nicer, we colored the inside of a shoe-box. Next, we glued candy-paper to make plants and algae. Lastly, we hung fishes in thread from the top of the box. We used a sewing needle to make holes in the box.
If you have some other sea creatures you could place them, possibly gluing them, here and there. Maybe some stones or shells from the beach?
More About Oceans - Including Crafts
- Earth's Oceans - EnchantedLearning.com
Lots of great information about the oceans and seas, adapted to teaching kids.
- Ocean Facts
Interesting details about the sea, as well as information on how to support the efforts to save the sea and oceans.
- Under the Sea Crafts and Learning Activities for Kids
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- Ocean Animal Crafts for Kids
Easy to make, ocean craft for kids, including templates.
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