Diurnal / Nocturnal Animal Craft | Diorama Desert Habitat

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2nd - 5th
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28 pages
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This is one of the easiest ways to do dioramas with first graders. Excellent way to talk about habitats as well!
My students loved doing this project. They turn out really great. It was a great way to end our study of biomes.
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Papercraft Arizona desert habitat diorama project with both day and night scenes and diurnal and nocturnal animals. Featuring the beautiful Arizona desert landscape with a moonlit night scene overlay. Includes both a color and a black and white diorama template complete with scenery, cactus and animals.

Kids will go wild for this fun animal habitat activity! Perfect to complement your studies on desert habitats and the diurnal and nocturnal animals who live there. Bring learning to life with this hands-on craft activity that will take children to the heart of the desert biome.

Includes 3D paper burrows for the nocturnal animals to hide inside during the 'day'.

Children can easily build their own habitat diorama by cutting and gluing the pieces. Includes the base and background scene so you can create a stand alone diorama, or paste into a box to create a box diorama. You can also use the scenery to create a centre to use with your own animal toys, playdough or use the paper animals in your sand tray or block corner. Endless possibilities for fun on your journey to the arid desert!!

The set can also be used in a sand tray (depicting the desert sand).

Includes easy to follow instructions. Simply cut, fold and glue to create your very own desert habitat diorama complete with trees, rocks, cactus and animals!

Includes the following North American animals:

- Desert bighorn sheep

- Gila woodpecker on cactus

- Gila monster lizard

- Lesser long-nosed bat and elf owl on cactus

- Scorpion

- Rattlesnake

- Cactus wren

- Vulture

- Bobcat

- Roadrunner

- Ringtailed cat

- Cactus mouse and burrow

- Kangaroo rat and burrow

- Armadillo

- Cactus, plants and rocks

- also includes 3D burrows that the nocturnal animals can 'hide' in during the 'day'.

The paper craft template is provided in a PDF file and is ready to print on US letter size card. For best results, print on card rather than paper.

Pages required to print for this project:

Habitat scene (base and backdrop): 4 pages

Night scene overlay: 2 pages

Stand for back of set: 1 page

Trees and bushes: 4 pages

3D animal burrows: 2 page or more

Desert dwelling animals: 3 pages

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