Ocean Boxes (dioramas)- Lesson 1

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We started making our ocean boxes today (Wednesday).  We were “supposed” to start on them on Friday, but after a lot of begging, I relented!  One of the joys of homeschooling–being able to adjust the schedule when needed.  The first lesson was to cover the box in blue (we used a combination of blue contact paper, construction paper, and blue painter’s tape).  Then we were going to just make the ocean floor–rocks, volcanos, hills, etc.  Some of the kids got so excited over using the Model Magic that they made a bunch of ocean animals, too!

I love how my daughter made part of the jellyfish sticking up above the water. We learned that Lion’s Mane Jellyfish can grow longer than blue whales!


There is a lot of empty space in the box because we have A LOT more animals to make.  See this post for our plans.

Here are the other kids’ boxes.  (Yes, my three-year-old made snow men for hers–the last box below).

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


Crayola Model Magic is an amazing invention! I don’t regret one bit ordering a class-pack of 75 individual packages for my kids to use this year. We got a great deal on it at Discount School Supply!  If you’ve never tried it, it’s like clay but not messy at all.  You can color it with markers, and it dries in 24 hours.  My kids love it!

Assorted Colors Crayola Model Magic Classpack


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