Creature Camouflage

Camouflage occurs when animals are either hard to see, like a black panther lurking in the night looking for its prey, or when they blend in with their environment by resembling something else, like a stick insect looking like a twig. When animals are hard to see, it increases their chance of survival. Children can explore this idea by making some background patterns and a few creatures of their own.

Materials

  • card stock
  • pencil and eraser
  • ruler
  • markers
  • Crayola Model Magic in white

Instructions

1. This project is a fun way for children to see how camouflage works by making similarly patterned creatures and backgrounds. Here are some websites with really good examples of camouflage:

Can You See Me? Animal Camouflage

Animal Camouflage Pictures

National Geographic Kids: Animal Camouflage

2. Have children draw four different patterns or textures on card stock. Colour them with markers. It’s best to keep them simple since they will be copied onto their Model Magic creatures.

3. Using Crayola Model Magic, they can now make four little creatures which will be paired with each drawing they made. Allow to dry overnight. Once dry, they can use markers to draw the patterns and textures which they made on the card stock.

Children can now experiment with the idea of camouflage by putting their creatures on the different backgrounds. A creature placed on a background similar to its skin will obviously be more difficult to see from a distance. In the real world, this would provide it with much needed protection from its predators.

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14 responses to “Creature Camouflage

  1. Hopping over here from Made By Little Hands. This is really cute and so easy!

  2. Very cute! Thanks for linking to Handmade Tuesdays!

  3. What a fun project, especially for kids! Thanks for linking up!

  4. Saw this over at TGIF Linky Party and had to stop by and check it out! What an awesome educational activity!!

  5. Stopping by from Triple T Mum. Thanks for sharing with the Kids Co-op! I used to run a library activity on camouflage. I love where you have taken this concept!

  6. This looks like so much fun to create. It’s super educational!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!
    I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening!

  7. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/05/show-your-stuff-25-butterfinger-cake.html

  8. Cindy deRosier

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/creature-camouflage/

    Thanks for another wonderful project idea!

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