"The Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis is filled with fanciful scenes and magical creatures that lend themselves well to school and craft projects. There are seven books, in all. The most famous is “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which contains many scenes that can spark a child’s imagination. Helping a child to create a diorama is the perfect way to allow them to share their own vision of the magical scenes from Narnia.
At the Beaver’s Home
In chapter 7 of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Lewis describes the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, characters who befriend the four main characters of the book. In the Beavers’ one-room home, there’s a sewing machine, bunk beds built into the wall, an old-fashioned cook stove and a round table in the middle of the room. Strings of onions and hams hang from the ceiling and a variety of items lean against the walls including gum boots, hatchets, shears, spades and fishing equipment.
The friendly clutter of the Beavers’ home surrounding the two beavers and the children as they have dinner together would make an excellent and detailed diorama.
The Witch’s Ice Castle
In chapter 9 of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Lewis describes the White Witch’s castle, the home of the story’s villain. It’s a small castle, and, as the book describes it, “all towers; little towers with long pointed spires on them, sharp as needles.” The castle sits between two hills, covered with snow, and near to a frozen river. Using these details, a child could create a very striking diorama showing the starkness and cold that the witch brings to all of Narnia.
In “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” to save Edmund, the great lion Aslan sacrifices himself, allowing the White Witch to shave his man and slay him. One of the most heart-warming scenes in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is Aslan’s resurrection. The scene, described in chapter 15, takes place on an open hilltop surrounded by forest. There’s an ancient stone table, where Aslan made his sacrifice. At the first light of dawn, the table cracks and Aslan returns to life, giving a great roar. Susan and Lucy, Edmund’s sisters, are there to witness the event.
This scene is one of the most memorable of the book and also lends itself well to a diorama.
- "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"; C.S. Lewis; 1950
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