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The Mangroves

Smelly and filled with sandflies, mangroves may have a bad rap. But we're here to show you that mangroves are one of the most important and vital ecosystems on earth, with a wonderful range of weird and wonderful creatures.

How to make a mangroves triorama


You will need:

  • 2 pieces of A4 paper (or 1 piece of A3 paper)
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Mangrove animals template. Download here.
  • Mangrove trees template
  • Coloured pencils or textas
  • Pipe cleaners

What to do:

  1. Join the two pieces of A4 paper together to make a rectangular A3 sheet. (Or use an A3 piece of paper)
  2. Cut the rectangle into a square by folding along a diagonal and cutting off the extra strip.
  3. Fold along the other diagonal and open.
  4. You will have 4 triangles meeting in the centre.
  5. Cut along one of the diagonal folds to the CENTRE ONLY.
  6. Fold the cut edge of the triangle under the adjacent triangle.
  7. Glue in place.
  8. You now have an open pyramid to create your mangroves triorama.
  9. Colour the bottom triangle as mud and the two side triangles as sky.
  10. Colour and cut out the trees and animals from the templates.
  11. Use the pipe cleaners as red mangrove roots.
  12. Glue the animals and plants to the triorama using tabs to make them ‘pop’ out from the background.
  13. You could make two trioramas - one for low tide and one for high tide, and join them together.

A quick note on museum dioramas

A museum diorama is a three dimensional recreation of an environment or historical event. Museums create dioramas to help visitors get up close to, and understand, the subject.  

The first museum diorama was of five muskrats made in 1890 by Carl Akeley, a taxidermist at the Milwaukee Field Museum in the USA. 

You have made a special type of diorama called a triorama, because it uses triangles! Make sure you tag your work on social media #QMNetwork #museumathome