Utah's Plants and Animals - Build It Yourself

Your task will be to build a diorama (a three-dimensional model inside of a box) of one of Utah's environments.


  • Box (shoe box is a good size)
  • Materials to represent the environment components
    • Examples include:
      • Trees
      • Soil
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • To build this, you could use:
      • Clay
      • Plastic toys or figures
      • Drawings on paper
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a small opening in one end of the box to view the diorama.
  2. Cut a small opening at the top to let light in.
  3. Start building the diorama inside the box.
    • Put taller materials (trees, mountains, etc.) at the back of the box away from the opening you look through.
    • Make sure you use tape or glue to hold things in place so they do not move.
    • Your goal is to make this look almost like a photograph.
  4. While building look through the opening to see how it appears. (Remember that your goal is to make it look similar to the real environment.)
  5. When you are satisfied with the look of the diorama, put the lid on the box and share it with your friends.
utah state board of education This Sci-ber Text was developed by the Utah State Board of Education and Utah educators.