Insect Dioramas in Grade One

Dioramas are so much fun to make with kids and it’s also a great way to recycle those old shoeboxes too! Grade ones are learning about insects in science so we have been doing many insect related art projects which I will post very soon.

Tell your students to bring an old shoebox from home and if they don’t have one they can easily visit a shoe store and explain to one of the assistants or managers they need an empty shoe box for an art project. They will be more than happy to give some boxes away.

Explain what a diorama is and tell your students thay will create a background for their insect home on each inside  side of the box. The background needs to be colorful. The theme here was insects but you can adapt this project to absolutely anything!

Outlining the main background

Next step is to make the standing up insects and extras do the diorama comes to life. This is the exciting part that kids love. Remind the students that after they draw their insect and depending where they will glue it in their box, to leave some white space left, right, above or below the  picture. When they cut it out  this extra part will be bent and glued in the box. The kids will get the hang of this quickly.

These turned out lovely don’t you think? I love all the details. 🙂


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One thought on “Insect Dioramas in Grade One

  1. These turned out lovely! I’ll be using dioramas to teach about communities to my second graders in a little bit student teaching and your mini-tutorial and pictures helped. Thank you!

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