Conceiving a diorama is an adventure in scale and spatial relationships. Choose a container, then put yourself in the shoes of one of its future inhabitants. Suddenly, a thimble looks like a bucket; bumpy pipe cleaners become a glade of evergreens; and a sardine tin contains the ocean.
What better way for your children to spend a flat, gray winter afternoon than by transforming ordinary household paraphernalia into three-dimensional little worlds, full of color and complete with foreground, background, and a perspective all their own?
To make all the dioramas below, you can use either an all-purpose glue or hot glue. Some glues take longer to dry, so you may need to support or reinforce three-dimensional objects glued to flat surfaces until the glue sets; use a low-tack masking tape for this. Tacky glue is another good choice, particularly for gluing three-dimensional objects.