Landform Diorama Craft

Learning about landforms can be lots of fun! Students just need to walk outside to see the beauty of God’s creation. Unique designs and features can be found in the variety of different plants, animals, and yes, even landforms! If you have any special landmarks or attractions nearby, this is a great opportunity to get out and about to explore for a homeschool field trip!

Encourage children to Look for mountains, rivers, lakes, ponds, hills, plains, and so much more! When you return, have children make a landform diorama to expand 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!

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DIY Landform Diorama for Kids


  • Empty Cardboard Box
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Play Dough, Sandpaper, Paint, Moss
  • Labels w/Marker

Step 1:

Before you can make a landform diorama, you’ll need to find a base. You can use the lid of a cardboard box, a Styrofoam packing insert, or really anything that is wide and shallow. This is something you don’t need to keep for anything else as we’ll be gluing thing down inside.

Step 2:

Glue a piece of green construction paper to the bottom of your container. This will serve as land areas we can build on! Grab some brown play dough and make a large mountain for the corner of your diorama. Use your thumb to press a small indentation on the side of the mountain. Using white paint to represent snow, paint the top of the mountain so that is it “snow-capped.”

Step 3:

Using blue paint, paint inside the groove on the mountain (representing the snow melting and a traveling stream) and near the base of the mountain. This is a great visual for students to understand how in the summer snow melts and water travels from the top of the mountain down to the valley.

Step 4:

Continue the path of water to the upper corner of the container. This will be our river and our ocean later.

Step 5:

Add a few more landforms around your diorama. Place a small hill over near the mountain. Add a land island in the middle of your water. Use moss to represent forests. Paint a separate body of water that can represent a lake or pond.

Step 6:

Cut a small wedge of sandpaper to fit the remaining corner of the container. This can represent a dessert in our landform diorama.

Step 7:

Use a label maker or small label stickers to add titles to each of your landforms. If you are using this project for a science fair, you can number each title to correspond with your science display board or written report.

Step 8:

If you have small plastic animals available, these would be a great way to expand your project to showcase animal habitats! Just don’t place your polar bear in the desert!


Comments (7)

  • ingrid bridgelal Reply

    hi my son has a project to do on landforms. it states there was a recent earthquake in South America, which created a new island with lots of landforms on it. He has to design this island, it has to be a 3D model map that has 5 different landforms and 3 bodies of water. Any ideas?

    November 12, 2015 at 8:50 am
  • Vicky Kumar Singh Reply

    It is an beautiful model on Geology as well as learning for the students.

    April 28, 2016 at 10:49 pm
  • rahmah mikail Reply

    fantastic ideal. I can not wait to try this with my pupils. God bless you for sharing.

    January 31, 2017 at 6:28 am
  • Bruce Engleking Reply

    Cool I like the design i can use it

    November 8, 2018 at 5:25 am
  • Landforms Unit Study Reply

    […] Landform Diorama Project: With some clay, paint, and paper, you can create a three dimensional and interactive learning tool. […]

    August 19, 2020 at 9:12 am
  • kloe Reply

    my child had a landform project. she used your creation!!!!! to be inspired.

    February 8, 2021 at 11:37 am
  • D Reply

    This is SUCH a great idea. My son just went through a landforms unit but I feel he needs some visual follow-up, both he and my younger daughter will love this (and we have tons of those little plastic animals, lol). Thank you!

    April 12, 2024 at 11:51 am

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