Last year my son came home from 1st Grade excited about making a diorama of Vampire Squid. I was totally confused. What was a Vampire Squid and how did he decide on that particular thing to make a diorama?!?! And I will admit that I was not exactly sure what a diorama entailed since this was our first time making one. I immediately did a google image search hoping that someone else had posted a picture. Since we could not find any, I thought I would post ours for any future parents and students to improve upon.
For a 1st grader, I think he did pretty good. He came up with a lot of the ideas himself from our research and I only helped him with the hot glue gun and provided a variety of supplies. Lucky for us, Vampire Squids live at the very bottom of the ocean, where hardly any other creatures live, and only grow to be about 6 inches long. Isn’t it an interesting little creature? Thank goodness for National Geographic (see pic below) and other sites that have great videos, pictures and information for us to be able to look at and see the Vampire Squid in action.
What is a Diorama?
The definition of a Diorama according to dictionary.com is a scene reproduced in three dimensions that can be made life-size or miniature by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background.
How to Make A Vampire Squid
What You Need:
- A box – some sort of cereal type or small box that you can cut one side open.
- Paint – blue for the back ground and white for the marine snow/food
- Twizzlers Pull n’ Peel
- Fruit Roll Up – for the lower body/cirri
- String- for extended filaments
- White chocolate chips – for the eyes
- Glue – for the sand
- Hot glue gun – for the body and sea shells
The best thing about it all, was that my son was super excited about his creation!
Go, create, enjoy and hopefully this helps someone else! 😀
Have you made a diorama? Have any tips?