Sunday, June 1, 2014

An African Savannah

I have a confession. I was the kid who loved when the science teacher assigned the dreaded diorama. While other kids (and parents) were moaning at the thought of painstaking planning of a box of a detailed habitats or solar systems or (gasp!) miniature models, I was jumping for joy on the inside while making a plan in my head complete with a checklist to take with me to Hobby Lobby or Michaels. So when Busy grabbed an empty cardboard box this afternoon and asked if I would help her make a model of what her friend called "a sunny savannah," I shot back to my childhood and jumped for joy…on the outside this time ;) 

What You Need:
  • white paper and construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • crayons or markers or paint
  • a cardboard box
  • miniature animals 
What To Do:
  1. Google images of an "African Savannah" and talk about what you find. We talked about different ways the watering hole was used (drinking, wading, what may live there). We also talked about the various animals that live in the savannah. She even compared the pictures to The Lion King movie.
  2. Draw pictures of what you find in your search. We drew a picture of a long tree, a watering hole, a mud hole, the hot sun, and rocks. Then color and cut out all of your pictures. 
  3. Glue your pictures in the box. Busy tried to get the box to look as much like the pictures as she could :)
  4. Set up the animals to complete your diorama and let your imagination run wild!! 
We had so much fun together creating this African Savannah! And this particular box folds up to close so she can move it to her room or the table or take it to her Nana's and Baba's ;) I foresee many of these in our future.



A zebra taking a sip from the watering hole.

A Rhino taking a dip in the mud hole.

A pair of giraffes snacking on the high leaves of her "long tree."






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