A diorama (di-a-rama) is a 3-D model that is placed inside some type of showcase. The models can be life-sized but most are miniature.
Dioramas are made by placing objects in front of a painted background. The objects can be figures, stuffed wildlife, wax figures, real objects, or pictures of objects. The objects are arranged in a naturalic setting.
The scene within a diorama can be a replica of something from nature, a building, or even a room inside a building. One of the best examples of dioramas are scenes at museum exhibits.
Dioramas are a fun way to bring almost any subject to life. Use them in lessons about the oceans, volcanoes, and science. Be creative. Miniature objects, clip art and printables can all be used to create a amazing diorama.
The resources below will help you get started. Many include a list of the materials you will need need.
Who knows, your child may become so interested in dioramas, that when he grows up, he just may do this as an occupation! After all, someone has to design and build these –> (real life museum dioramas).