While camels are widely known as pack animals, they also have strong humps and a long stride. When teaching your students about camels, allow them to participate in hands-on activities and crafts about the animal for optimal learning. From a camel drawing to a camel statue, use your imagination to create exciting activities that will keep the students interested. A trip to your local craft or retail store is all you need to get started.
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Camel Sand Drawing
Allow your students to create a camel sand drawing using sandpaper, crayons and construction paper. Give each student a picture of a camel or hang a large picture on the wall. This will give the students something to look at while they are drawing their own camel picture. Tell the students to put a piece of sandpaper under their construction paper and remove the paper from a crayon. Lay the crayon on its side and colour the construction paper. This will resemble sand on the paper. The children can draw sand dunes and a camel on the paper after they create the "sand." If you want to encourage the students to take their time and do well, award a prize for the best, funniest and most-detailed camel sand picture.
Play Dough Camel
Using brown play dough or clay, your students can make a model camel. The students can use toothpicks to draw the face or any lines on the camel. Put a large poster of a camel on the wall or on the overhead projector for the students to use as a guide. Award a prize to the best, funniest and scariest model camels.
Egg Carton Camel
Let your children create an egg carton camel with a cardboard egg carton, aluminium foil, brown paint or marker, masking tape and scissors. With an adult's help, cut three cups (two cups together and one separate) from the egg carton. Cut four strips for the legs from the top of the egg carton. Be sure to include a bit of the lip of the carton on all four strips, as this will help the carton camel to stand up. Cut another strip from the carton to use for the camel's neck. Attach the four legs to the two eggs cups and use masking tape to hold them in place. The two eggs cups should be standing up on all four strips. Then use the tape to attach the neck of the camel and use the other egg cup for the head of the camel. Place a ball of aluminium foil underneath the second cup to keep the camel from falling forward. Use brown paint or marker to colour the camel brown. For added decoration, add a brown pipe cleaner for the tail and googly eyes.
Check out several books about camels from the library and let the students study the books. The students can get into pairs to help one another learn interesting facts about camels. After the students study the books for 30 minutes, tell everyone to get in a circle. Each student must say one interesting fact about camels. The fact can only be said once, so students must make sure they study a couple of facts about camels to get ready for the camel circle. The object of this activity is to see if the students can come up with enough interesting facts to make it all the way around the circle without repeating one.
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