Between the Moon and Sun Diorama DIY
Creativity and imaginative play are at the top of our to-do list! My daughters Harper, 7 and Lennon, 5, love everything about bringing their imagination to life. We love finding ways of creating a world and characters to play with together. This DIY diorama is a fun way to get creative by building an environment for your favorite creatures to play and explore together. We made our very own Slumberkins Dragon and their home between the moon and sun!
Dragon Supplies Needed:
- Slumberkins Dragon Activity
- 2 Dark blue, 1 light blue, and 1 purple felt
- Sequins (2 blue flowers, 1 gold circle)
- 1 craft stick
- White Glue
- Thin black marker
Print out your Slumberkins Dragon Coloring sheet. Cut out Dragon.
Using the cut-out of Dragon, trace their body onto a piece of dark blue felt. Trace their wings and out oval shape of their head on the second piece of blue felt. Using the light blue felt, cut a small oval shape for the inside of Dragon’s face (a bit smaller than the dark blue oval). Cut a small oval (the same size as the light blue oval) in half for Dragon’s snout. Using a small gold circle sequins piece, cut a crescent shape for Dragon’s moon detail on their forehead. *For a simpler option, color in your cut-out of Dragon instead of creating out of felt.
Carefully glue your pieces together—first, glue Dragon’s wings on the back of their body. Then glue the small purple snout onto the light blue oval. Glue the light blue oval onto the dark blue oval to create Dragon’s face. Add ears by gluing two blue flower sequins to the back of Dragon’s head and glue the crescent moon on their forehead. Attach the Dragon's head to their body.
Using your skinny black marker, draw in Dragon’s eyes and nose. Complete your Dragon (felt or colored) by gluing or taping it to a craft stick.
Diorama Supplies Needed:
- Colored paper
- Cardboard box
- White, light blue, pink, and purple felt
- 4+ large pom poms
- 5+ mini pom-poms
- 1 needle
- 1 skein of floss
- 1 large fuzzy stick
- 1 small fuzzy stick
- White Glue
Using the different colors of felt, cut out a variety of cloud shapes and sizes.
Cover the inside of your box with paper.
Glue the clouds and mini pom-poms on the inside of your box.
Use the small fuzzy stick to wrap around one large pom pom to create a ring around a planet.
Use the skein of floss, needle, and large pom poms to create hanging planets. Tie a knot at the end of your floss and use the needle to string it through the pom pom. Tie the pom pom to a large fuzzy stick. Repeat this step for each pom pomp, varying the length of the floss.
Attach the large fuzzy stick with hanging planets to the top of the inside of your cardboard box, creating hanging planets for Dragon to fly around.
Get creative! Decorate your space between the moon and stars however you’d like! What things will Dragon like to play with?
Once your diorama is finished, you are ready to play. Bring your Dragon to life and take them on an adventure through the world you built. The best part about making your own diorama, you can add more creatures to play with, change the environment, or create another. Let your creativity and imagination lead the way! We hope this activity brings you as much joy and hours of fun as it brought us!
Kim Allen is a mom of two, a former Elementary Special Education teacher, and currently the Director of Education at Slumberkins. Slumberkins is a leading educational children’s brand created to promote early emotional learning. Their collections of cuddly creatures and books are thoughtfully designed to empower parents and caregivers by providing tools to teach positive social-emotional life skills to children. She loves spending time getting creative with her daughters at home and has a passion for finding creative ways to support children in building their Social-Emotional skills.
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