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Three Types of Landform to Create for Science

written by: Faye Angeli Vitan • edited by: Sarah Malburg • updated: 2/16/2013

A landform is a geographic feature that appears on the surface of the earth. Examples are simple features such as mountain, plain or valley. Try these three ideas to create a landform project of your own.

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    Do Your Research

    Want to make your landform project creative and interesting? Research the topic thoroughly, and choose a landform that you find most appealing. Next, blow your teacher away with these creative ideas!

    Line Art and Landforms

    Materials:

    • popsicle sticks
    • colorful paper strips
    • straws
    • cardboard or illustration board
    • glue

    1. On a cardboard or illustration board, draw a pencilled outline of the landform you will create. You can create a landform on each piece of cardboard or you can make mini-size landforms on one larger piece.

    2. Choose a specific material that you will use in decorating your project - sticks, straws or strips. You can also make a collage and use different materials.

    3. Using the glue, paste your materials on the cardboard. Follow the outline that you made. Fill the rest of the space with your chosen material. You can use various hues to make it colorful.

    4. Label the landforms you have created.

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    Clay Landform Diorama

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    Materials:

    • modeling clay
    • cardboard or shoe box
    • small toy houses, people trees, etc.

    1. Using the modeling clay, make a 3D version of a landform assigned to you. To make it realistic, use green or brown clays in creating the landform. You can also combine various landforms in one diorama such as volcanoes and plains or mountains and valleys.

    2. Place your landform on a piece of cardboard or in a shoebox. If you are creating a large landform, model your landform on the cardboard. It is also easier to model the landform on a flat surface (such as the cardboard) than in a shoebox because your hands can move freely.

    3. Place some mini-figurines on your diorama to make your project look lively and more realistic. You can use mini toys or paper figures/cut-outs. You can also use clays with other colors to make your designs distinct.

    You can also copy a specific landform such as Mt. Everest for your mountan or Chocolate Hills for your hills.

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    Landform Postcards

    Materials:

    • postcards or pictures of natural spots
    • pieces of cardboard
    • markers and crayons

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    1. Find a postcard of a landform that is also a natural wonder or a tourist spot. Examples would be the Himalayas, Sahara Desert or the Rockies. You can also download a picture from the internet or cut one out of a magazine.

    2. Paste your picture on a piece of cardboard and add some details about the landform, i.e. the exact location. For a deeper discussion, you can also include how it affected the culture and the people of surrounding areas.

    3. Another alternative would be to use the picture in a travel brochure. Write a brief paragraph that would entice tourists or explorers to come to the landform you presented. If you have been to the place you will present, add some information on food, festivals and the people's culture.

    Using personal experience (if you have it) when presenting information on landforms will help you to create an even more realistic landform project for kids, parents, and teachers to enjoy.