Many children are visual learners and the use of models is a great way to introduce important information. Use this fun model of the earths layers to learn all about the different components of our wonderful world!
Empty Cardboard Box
Green Construction Paper
Play Dough, Sandpaper, Paint, Moss
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Art Project Tutorial:
Lay down some green construction paper in your empty box. You can paint the bottom as well.
Use your play dough to make a mountain
Using your fingers press into the mountain down the side to make a groove
Paint the top of the mountain white
Use light blue to show the melted snow trickling down the mountain sid
Pinch together the sides of your mountain around the groove so that the trickle looks more inside.
Draw out our stream and turn it into a river, then the ocean. Add in a couple of playdough hills.
Find some moss to make your forests and glue them in the box near your mountain.
Here's what we have so far.
Use some more playdough to make an island in the middle of your ocean.
Use sandpaper to make a bit of desert in the corner. Our paper is white so we painted it tan.
Glue it in the corner and brush a little dry ground around it.
Get out some sticky labels and write the names of the different landforms you created.
Put your diorama on display! These were done for my KG and 2nd grader, but older children can certainly add in many more landforms.