My first grader was given the assignment of making a desert diorama. It was one of several land form dioramas they could choose from. This Instructable documents the process using things we had lying around the house.

Items Needed:
Shoe Box
Elmers Glue
Box Cutter
Sky Blue Spray Paint
Desert Camoflage Spray Paint
Red Model Paint
Brown Model Paint
Black Model Paint
Model Paint Thinner
1/2" Foam Sheet Insulation (About 4 square feet worth)
Sharpie Marker
Rubber Snake
Flathead Screw Driver
Green Scrub Pad
Paper Plate
Model Paint Brush
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Small Clamps
Spare Cardboard Box
Train Model Tree Material

Step 1: Cut shoe box.

Cut the front of the shoe box and fold the flaps back into the box. This opens the front of the box for better viewing.

Next, use a hot glue gun or plain old Elmers glue and some clamps to hold the flaps tight during drying. Do this for both sides.
Yeah not bad but needs some D&D miniatures. : P It looks great! and it's good to see that you didn't just do the whole project for your 1st grader, too. Very nice piece.
I have a whole army of clicky-base battlemechs, tanks and infantry I could have used, but I thought it might be over the top! lol I documented the whole thing to prove to the teacher that my kid did participate.
You know battlemechs are one of the snake's few natural predators.
...but only in MGS 4...
I like the rocks
They were a bargain: free quartz, just lying around.
I made a huge Mi'kmaq one before. I actually went out into a forest off the side of a high way to get things that they were actually made of. I got birch bark (from a dead tree), moss, twigs and stuff. It's quite fun. Then I burned it in the snow.
It is fun to see something come to life as you add the layers of detail! I've made many other terrain pieces for a Battletech war game. Hills, lakes, buildings from office machine parts, trees made from bailing wire etc. Then blowing your opponent away on a giant 3D battlefield. I mean if you're into that sort of thing.
Most excellent, well done. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! I had fun making it with my 1st grader. :)

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