If you are looking for a diorama kit Amazon.com has some nice dinosaur dioramas. I have created a page so you can take a look at them here: Dinosaur Dioramas
This is a picture of the completed diorama. But it is an active diorama. The volcano on the left will erupt, a meteor will come crashing out of the sky, and the background turns to black.
This picture shows what makes this diorama unique. You can see the volcano is erupting and you can see tha the meteor is streaking through the sky. You move these from the back.
After these catastrophic events the sky is filled with ash, smoke and contamination. This turns the sky black as shown here in this picture. These are the leading theories as to why the dinosaurs went extinct and this diorama shows you. So it is not just a regular diorama but an active Dinosaur Diorama.
This picture of the back of the shoebox shows you how it is done. There is a little tab at the top center. This tab pulls the black sky up. The long slash is a cut I made so the meteor could travel. The other cardboard tab with a small slash is for the volcano smoke.
You just have to make these same cuts in your diorama to get the same effect. And make a long cut along the bottom so the black paper sky can fit in.
The Materials You need to Make this diorama
- A ShoeBox
- Colored Construction Paper
- A Cereal box ( glue the dinosaur cut outs to cardboard so they stand up straight)
- Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, crayons or colored pencils
- Glue Stick or glue
- Cellophane tape
- A sharp knife to cut the slots in the box (optional and must be done by an adult)
- Print out of Dinosaur drawings, dinosaur fact sheet, Ancillary drawing sheet ( I have all of these for you to print out, color and glue together)
The trick to making the volcano active and the meteor streak across the sky is to glue a little tab on the back like in the picture shown here.
Now you can put the volcano explosion in its slot and move it up and down. And you can put the meteor in its slot and move it across the sky.
Here is the printout: It is a Microsoft Word document and it is four pages in length. You should be able to right click, select save as then save it to your desktop. Once you have downloaded it you can open it and print it out. Dinosaur Diorama Printout
If you have trouble printing out these three parts of the package I have them embedded in a webpage so you can look at them and print them that way. 1-Dinosaur Drawings - 2 Dinosaur Fact sheet - 3 Ancillary sheet
Just print everything out, Color the dinosaurs, plants and other things then cut everything out so you can put it in your shoebox. Note: You should glue the dinosaurs to some cardboard so they will stand up straight. And you are done! Have fun showing off your active diorama!
Dinosaur Learning Sheet - The Dinosaur Drawings - The Ancillary Drawings, meteor, volcano etc
Need Some Plastic Dinosaurs for your Diorama?
Vinyl Mini Dinosaurs (92 Count)
- Hard plastic / vinyl figures.
- Up to 2 1/2 inch.
- Assorted colors and styles. There are additional pictures above to show the different types.
- Brand new in sealed polybag.
Dinosaur Dioramas to Cut & Assemble - Step back in time to the Mesozoic era with this book created by noted dinosaur expert Matthew Kalmenoff. Cut and assemble two dioramas, then add 31 proportional cut-out figures - 19 animals and 12 plants. Complete instructions 2 assembly diagrams. 14 full-color plates. Captions. Author introduction.
ZipBin Dinosaur Playset ZipBin is more than great-looking storage. It's a portable play world that unzips to reveal space to play, create and imagine. And it's easy to clean up... in a zip!
The Dinosaur storage bin's dramatic exterior theme identifies the contents and will look great in your child's room. When the bin is unzipped, it becomes a dinosaur island play mat, complete with a colorful island, a volcano, and oozing tar pit and a mysterious cave. When play is done, the play mat becomes the storage bin in a zip, capturing the toys inside. Includes four dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Saurolophus, Triceratops, and Compsognathus, 4-5" long. ZipBin measures approximately 16" x 13" x 9".
Dozen Jumbo Dinosaurs up to 6 inches long - Set of 12 realistic toy dinosaur figures. Dinos are made from slightly flexible plastic, are hollow inside. Set includes: Ceratosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Tyrannosaurus, Spinosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Velociraptor, Apatosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Triceratops, Styracosaurus.
How about a Dinosaur Terrarium?
Want to take your dinosaur diorama to a whole new level? You can add plants. I have some information about this here: A dinosaur terrarium
If you make a dinosaur diorama be sure to send me some pics and I will put them here on my website! Here are some pictures of a dinosaur diorama that a web visitor made and submitted. It is a good example of how to improvise with materials found around the house. You don't have to spend any money!
How about a dinosaur diorama in a television? This is a neat project submitted by a web visitor. The Dinosaur Diorama in a Television