Rocky reef diorama cont.  

What you need:

  • A box of suitable size (the illustration above is a Kiwi fruit box from the local fruit shop)
  • A variety of seeds (some flat, and spinifex if possible),
  • Seed pods to represent small invertebrate animals (gum nuts come in wonderful different shapes)
  • Find plant leaves that look as if they could be seaweed -- be careful to remember that seaweeds are simpler organisms compared to flowering plants so avoid leaves with lots of veins (the illustration above shows banksia leaves - see link here) One common house plant, maiden hair fern is a good choice
  • Pressed red seaweeds (algae)
  • Scallop or oyster shells (clean) - your local fish monger may have some leftover shells they may be discarding
  • Old shim curtain or fabric suitable for stitchery
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Reference photos of Leafy Seadragons (do a Google search on Phycodurus eques images )
  • Paints
  • Needle, thread and scissors (if appropriate for age)
  • If your clothes drier produces sheets of lint, you will find that sometimes it comes out in interesting colours, and it is already clean!
  • Paper mache or paper making equipment
  • Clean second hand crocheted or knitted pot holder or scarf
  • Craft glue, glue gun