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How do stalactites and stalagmites grow hundreds of feet inside the Earth? Explore an original cave, constructed inside a box.
Caving is an adventure for spelunkers who explore caverns around the world! Students research how subterranean caves were formed. Rainwater containing carbonic acid erodes limestone to form caverns filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Modern technology makes it possible to find hidden caves. Learn about amazing cave features such as rivers, caverns, and creatures (think bats and beyond). Students create their own imaginary cave.
Here are some ideas to get the cave started. Students use Crayola® Colored Pencils, draw the entrance to the cave on the bottom of a shoe box. Cut out the opening with Crayola Scissors.
Use Crayola Model Magic to cover the area around the cave entrance. To create rock- or vegetation-like colors of Model Magic, rub color from a Crayola Washable Marker onto white modeling compound. Knead, adding more marker color to get the desired shade. Flatten the Model Magic and press it onto the box. Attach it to the box with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the entrance.
Color the inside of the box and its lid to resemble the inside of a cave.
Using Model Magic, students form stalactites, stalagmites, and other cave formations. Vary colors of the formations, just like in a real cave. Glue them to the roof and floor of the cave. Air-dry the formations.
Glue the lid to the top of the box to seal the cave. Air-dry before displaying.
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