Guest Post by my 9-year Old Daughter, Rylie, my co-author at Kids e-Connection blog.
I made this Congo Rain Forest diorama as a science project for school. It came out pretty well and I got 100 on it. For the materials I went to Hobby Lobby. I managed to find some things that would go well with the project. I got a material called, Clump Foliage, and that was used for the leaves, bushes, treetops, and shrubs. I also picked up a little pack of rain forest animals. I only used three animals, I focused more on the hippopotamus, the mountainous gorilla, and the okapi, which is a rain forest deer. Then, I hot glued those down, I ended up putting the hippo on the top of the mountain by the waterfall, the gorilla munching on the greenery kind of hidden behind a tree, and lastly the okapi out in the open going to drink some water.
Next I tested out how I was going to make the waterfall. So, I took some wax paper and cut a big square. I then took my hot glue gun and made wiggly lines next to each other on it and it formed like a stream. I made two big streams, one little square, and a big patch for the lake area. I ended up using about four sticks of glue, but it was worth it for the great end result. I had to add some miniature jungle trees to make it look like a jungle and not just a waterfall. I succeeded by making them with little twigs and the clump foliage. I took some twigs from outside and hot glued some of the foliage on. I made four and hot glued those down.Then I scattered some foliage around to look like vines and other plants.
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