Brazil: Rain Forest Diorama Craft

Welcome to our week on the Brazil Amazon Rain Forest! This week we made a Rain forest Diorama to help us understand the layers of the rain forest. It was super fun to make, and the kids learned a lot about the rain forest in the process!



  • 3 cardboard boxes
  • Green & blue tempura paint and paint brushes
  • Scissors (or knife, I cut the holes in the boxes)
  • Paper Towel cores
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • White craft glue
  • Green and Brown pipe cleaners
  • 1 package plastic rain forest animals
  • Fake greenery, flowers, moss etc.

STEP 1: Stack boxes on top of each other and mark where you want your paper towel tree trunks to go. Using scissors or knife cut holes for the trees. You may want have an adult do this part!


STEP 2: Using green paint, cover the entire inside of each box and allow to dry. On the bottom box make sure to paint a blue river winding down the center.


STEP 3: Once paint is dry, stack boxes in place and glue with white craft glue. Next, insert tree trunks and tape together with packing tape. Add pipe cleaners by twisting them together and around the tree trunks.


STEP 4: Next add animals, flowers, and remaining embellishments. If you would like, you can use small pieces of paper to label each layer of the rain forest.

Forest Floor: The floor of the forest is teeming with animal life, especially insects and arachnids (like tarantulas). The largest animals in the rain forest generally live here, including gorillas, anteaters, wild boars, jaguars and people.


Understory: The understory is a dark, cool environment that is under the leaves but over the ground. It contains short, leafy, mostly non-flowering shrubs,, vines etc. Animals include insects like beetles, lizards and small mammals. Larger animals such as jaguars spend a lot of time on branches surveying the area for prey.


Canopy: The canopy consists of the upper parts of the trees, it is full of insects, arachnids, birds, mammals (monkeys, orangutans) reptiles, vines, mosses, lichens and orchids.


Emergents: The emergents consist of the tops of the tallest trees. It is full of birds and insects.


Want more information on the rain forest?

Here’s a great site for kids called Kids.Mongabay.Com

I hope you have fun making your own rain forest diorama! Make sure to comment if you have pics to share! I’d love to see what other people come up with!

Click here to see the rest of our Expedition Earth activities on Brazil!


  1. That's a really great project, and so much fun.I might give it a try with my 6 year old, i think she'd like it!

  2. Angela O says:

    I love all the crafts and activities you do, but am curious what you do with them AFTER it's over? My kids are packrats and would want to hang onto all the crafts for weeks while I would want to pitch everything!

  3. absolutely WONDERFUL!melinda

  4. I am NOT crafty. I'm not good at crafts and I don't like doing crafts ("crafts" for my kids include coloring a picture, cutting it out, and gluing it onto a background). BUT! I love this craft! I absolutely have to do this with my kids. They are rainforest nuts!

  5. total awesomeness!

  6. We made one of these for our Geography Fair, it was really great for my visual learners. Check it out on

  7. That is awesome!GREAT PROJECT!Kerri

  8. This is so clever and looks like so much fun to make!

  9. How wonderful!Blessings,Dawn

  10. Angela O: Well, I tend to keep them around until people forget then toss them. I have a ton of pictures for my blog for everything we do, so that makes me feel better. The big stuff is displayed on top of our bookcases in the homeschool room.

  11. This is an awesome project! I love it. Will you link it to my post on the rainforst so more people will see it?

  12. That is really great! Karen

  13. Wonderful, beautiful! She will really remember that lesson! I dont' know if my guys remember the layers well from when we did Rainforest earlier this yearAngela O- I know you didn't ask me, but I try to take pics of the kids art projects and special lego creations…they usually go in their "memory box" …but I have done a little "year book", too.hthMonique

  14. Oh, wow, and wow. You're the one who made that Great Wall of China, too! Amazing hands-on projects. Truly.Wondering if you'd like to submit this post to the Hands-on Homeschooling Carnival that I'm hosting on 4-11.

  15. Enjoyed seeing your visualization of the rain forest! πŸ™‚

  16. We just finished Bazil and our diorama. My 6 year old says this was his FAvorite! πŸ™‚ This is the first year I’m teaching two at once and your EE has been such a hit for us. We’re having so much fun this year! I’m saving all my stuff so I can do it again with the two littles someday. Thank you!

    Here are our pictures:

  17. Loved the rain forest diorama, tried it with my preschool class. turned out pretty good for 16 4 and 5 year old.

  18. Love the overall appeal of this diorama – certainly going outside the box emphasizes the three tiers of the rainforest. Impressive!

  19. Sara Mullins says:

    My 8 year old daughter and I are getting ready to attempt to make this for her 3rd grade science project. She chose to do the rainforest and came across this model herself while doing some research on it. Love your site by the way! I don’t homeschool but I love the crafts and other educational ideas you post and am using some of those at home with my daughter.

  20. Vonda Grant says:

    My 6 year old daughter has to do a Diorama on Animal Habitat/Adaptation. We are doing the Rainforest, so this information was very helpful.

  21. Vonda Grant says:

    Project was successful

  22. Hello, EE looks amazing and I look forward to doing it with my 2nd grader next year. I’m trying to figure out a semi daily timeline and am wondering about how much time EE takes a day? Thanks!

  23. Hi Erica,

    This looks like so much fun! I’m working on a blog post and would like to link to your post in it, if that is ok? Thanks so much for sharing such great ideas!

  24. Bradinova Leyva says:

    I did it with my kindergarten and 1st grade Aftercare program this last week. We really enjoyed it and was finished awesome.
    Thanks a lot.
    Bradinova leyva, from Little Dude Ranch academy, WPB, FL.

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