With their prominent humps and penchant for spitting, the camel is a favourite of the animal kingdom when it comes to a roomful of lively preschoolers. From songs to crafts, there are plenty of activity options when it comes time to teach children about this animal, as well as other skills like problem-solving and counting.
Sally the Camel
This song helps children master counting and problem solving while getting them up out of their seats to move and burn off some wiggles. Draw a picture of a camel on your classroom chalkboard or whiteboard, giving it four humps. Sing the "Sally the Camel" song (see Resources), erasing a hump after each verse. Encourage children to "ride" imaginary camels around the room, and to call out how many humps remain as they are eliminated.
One of the simplest and most enjoyable activities for young children involves printing out various pictures of camels for them to colour and decorate anyway they choose. If you are teaching the class about Ancient Egypt, the desert, or any other camel-related theme, allow them time to colour camels to reinforce what you've learnt. They can also use the colouring pages to unwind, or allow them to draw their own interpretation of what camels look like on blank pieces of paper.
Camel Egg Carton Craft
Using a cardboard egg carton and some brown tempera paint, create a craft with your preschoolers that is fun and durable. Cut a strip out of the carton that leaves you with two cups. Then, cut a single cup from the carton. Cut four thin strips out of the egg carton lid. Tape or glue it all together to form the camel, and then turn up the strips on the end to form feet. You can also reinforce the cups with tin foil balls, which help the camel to not tip forward onto the table. Paint brown and allow the kids to admire their handiwork.
Sunday School Camel Chart
If your preschoolers are participating in a Sunday School environment, print out a camel and paste into the centre of a piece of large poster board. Then, ask children to recall Bible stories that involve camels in some way. If they are too young to think of any on their own, simply tell them a story each week for a handful of weeks, then write the chapters and verses onto the board around the camel. Allow the children to contribute a drawing of their own onto the board that represents that week's story. Some stories include the wise men visiting Jesus, the story of Isaac and Rebekah, John the Baptist's clothing, or the parable of the rich man.