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How do pets or wildlife care for their young? Discover how young animals change as they grow!
What animals fascinate you? Or what creatures are you studying in science? Find out how animal parents take care of their babies. Show what you’re learning about animal life cycles and their growth from birth to adulthood by creating miniature versions. You may want to use pictures as a reference—head, body, and leg proportions usually change from babyhood to grown-up!
Decide which body parts you need for the mama or dad and baby. Almost all animals have a body, head, legs, and many have tails. Work on two paper plates, one for the adult and one for your baby animal. Follow these directions for each creature. Make them as realistic as possible!
Roll Crayola Air-Dry Clay in your hand to form a body. With your fingers, pinch the top of the clay to form a head or roll a ball and attach it to the body. Form facial features using a toothpick or craft stick. Make ears, eyes, nose, and mouth.
Roll out a snake-like piece of clay to form legs. Will your animal be standing or seated? Make sure the legs are large enough to support it! Attach legs by scratching the spot on body and leg with a toothpick. Wet it with a drop of water and press the pieces together.
What is missing on your animal? Does it need a tail, mane, whiskers, trunk, or paws? With Air-Dry Clay, it’s easy to make even very fine details.
Repeat this process for your other animal. Air-dry your figures for several days.
Cover your painting area with newspaper. Choose realistic colors of Crayola Tempera Paint for your creatures. If you use several colors, let each one dry before adding the next. Remember to rinse your brush when you change colors. Air-dry the paint.
Explain to your classmates why you chose these animals. Describe how the babies look and the changes and amount of time it takes before they are adults.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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Gild torn-paper edges and make golden leaf imprints on this decorative frame. Display original poetry, photos, or other
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Our crayons have been rolling off the assembly line since 1903, and you can see how it’s done.
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