Matchbox red truck and van to depict parking lot scene before reading the instructions from the teacher that the diorama *must* represent the most climactic scene in the book, thereby rendering our parking lot scene worthless: $6
Dowel rods for ballet bar: $2
Mini hooks to hold up ballet bar: $1
Mirror to purposely break and place all over walls and floor of diorama: $1
Wooden blocks to paint to look like a tv and vcr: $3
Super glue to hold the whole stupid thing together: $4
Scrapbook paper, marker, scissors, images off the internet and cardboard: Free
Quality mother-daughter bonding time: Priceless.
Until I realized, after the fact, that the school will probably take one look at the razor-sharp glass shards all over her diorama from the fake broken ballet mirror and declare they are weapons and will expel her under their zero tolerance policy --- Not quite as priceless.