Make an ocean diorama from a shoe box with our free kids Action Pack. You can print out coloring pages of ocean creatures and underwater backgrounds to help you make a fabulous diorama.
The free Action Pack contains:
This diorama is a wonderful crafts project which is easy and fun if a little fiddly!
This is a crafts project which is best for early high school age though younger kids will love it - you just need to be around to help.
We loved the way adding a secret peephole in the back of the box gave you the feeling that you were entering a real undersea world.
You can use exactly the same idea to make a:
Download our free Ocean Diorama Action Pack here.
You'll have fun with your kids making this homeschool ocean diorama in a box.
In case you're wondering, 'diorama' just means a miniature scene.
Our homeschooling ocean diorama crafts project was great for letting William have a go at practical homeschool Math skills like measuring. You can see him having fun cutting holes in our homeschool shoe box!
Now's the time for trying out some free homeschooling art skills as you draw all the creatures who are actually going to live in your ocean diorama.
There are also some brilliant books on how to draw sea creatures which will really help.
My children loved the How To Draw series; you can see tips on how to draw animals and a wonderful drawing game in our art page.
If you want to enjoy homeschooling fun crafts for kids with younger children, I suggest you get them to start here with making fun fish pictures and prepare the shoe box yourself.
You could even dangle plastic sea creatures from the lid!
With younger kids, it would also be a great idea to add in suggestions from our free homeschool unit studies Ocean Creatures project creating an ocean scene with real seashells and fingerprints for wave crests.
If you have a look you'll see there are lots of free and fun crafts you can do with kids aged 5-7, including trying a homeschooling science experiment in the bath and watching a free live web cam from Monterey Bay Aquarium.
You can choose any sea creatures you want - just remember they've got to be the right size to dangle from the homeschool shoebox lid without disappearing through the sea floor!
I have to say we haven't been too scientifically accurate in our choice of ocean creatures! You'll see bottom-living tripod fish co-existing quite happily with their surface, saltwater and freshwater chums.
In fact, our homeschooling ocean diorama is a happy jumble of ocean creatures but who cares? Think how many interesting facts your kids will learn about underwater life as they choose the ocean creatures they want to draw.
You can spark your kids imagination by looking at ARKive: Fish which has great free images of the TOP 50 endangered fish, including fascinating species like the great white shark, anglerfish and pygmy seahorse.
And how about comparing your diorama with the real thing by going on a field trip to your local aquarium?
Janet from my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group has suggested a lovely game you can play exploring the oceans. There are two versions, one for slightly older children and one for younger ones.
There are lots of ways to practice fun crafts in this free homeschooling ocean diorama! See how we've used homeschool orange acetate to make this jellyfish? Acetate is great for letting the light through and adding a different 'feel' to your ocean creatures.
Free weed is fun to make if you cut it out of some homeschool green card stock and stick it onto the sea floor.
William loves homeschool origami. There are lots of free crafts for kids' books which show you how to make ocean creatures. This crab came from one of them and adds a 3-D aspect to our free homeschooling diorama.
Catherine is showing you how to attach your ocean creatures.
This is the fiddly bit of your homeschooling fun crafts.
You need to thread a needle with yarn. Tape one end onto your sea creature and take the other through the lid of your shoe box where he's going to hang.
We found most homeschool sea creatures needed to be suspended by two pieces of yarn at the front and the back to keep them level.
Tape down the yarn which you've pulled through onto the top of your shoe box lid.
Shine the light through the back of your homeschooling diorama, look through the peephole and get drawn into your own free undersea world.
Look how Steph's family have made a wonderful ocean diorama using a cutaway cardboard box:
What a fantastic way to learn so much and create something so amazing. Well done all of you.
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