Two-Sided Diorama

5 Little Pumpkins Diorama

We made this two-sided diorama based our favorite Halloween poem, 'The Five Little Pumpkins'. On one side, we showed the pumpkins sitting on the fence, on the other, we showed them rolling away. It was a fun project that could easily be based on a favorite book, play, poem, song or movie, plus it's a great way to express an understanding for a story. You can even make one based on a story that you made.

This is how we made ours, but feel free to come up with your own unique way of doing this activity. 

FYI: There is a game suggestion at the end of this post.

We used..

1 Recycled cracker/cereal box, packing tape, a craft or utility knife, construction paper, scissor, glue, a paint brush, foam stickers, and colored craft sticks.

Make a Frame

To make the frame we used a recycled cracker box and taped around the outside panels of the box to make it stronger. Then the front and back panels were cut out as evenly as possible with a craft or utility knife (adult supervision suggested) and saved. 
Tip: If you would rather make a single diorama, cut only one panel out and create your scene on the inside panel. Tape the ends closed.

The inner and outer sides of the frame were covered with construction paper but they can also be painted.

Create the Scene

We took one of the panels and made the same nighttime background out of construction paper on both sides, then we added a fence made from craft sticks, ghosts, bats, witches and other items to the scenes to make it more interesting. Each side has a similar scene, but not exactly the same.

Once the frame and both sides of the panel were completed and dried, we slid the panel into the middle of the frame and finished adding small extras. Some days we show one side, some days we show the other.

Game Idea: Instead of making a two-sided diorama, you can make a, 'Spot the Differences' game out it. Cut out the two panels from a cardboard box, and create a scene that is similar on each one, but not the same. Try to make at least 6 differences. The picture above can be used as an example. 
How many differences can you spot in our pictures?


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