Desert Art Activities

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Desert Art Activities
Help kids put together some desert crafts. (desert 8 image by Dusan Radivojevic from

The desert--home to camels, snakes and cacti--provides excellent inspiration for art projects. These projects are great for children. Kids will also be interested to learn facts about the desert, including that they can become quite chilly in the evenings and that some deserts are even home to penguins.

Sandy Desert Art

This craft requires two sheets of plain paper and a sheet of sandpaper, along with some crayons. Place the sandpaper underneath a sheet of white paper, and use the side of a brown crayon to make a textured rubbing across the bottom of the page. This will be the desert sand in your picture. Take the paper off of the sandpaper. Colour the top of the page blue for the sky. Show kids the contrast between the sand and the sky. On a second sheet of paper, draw desert items such as cacti, snakes and camels. Colour them, and cut them out. Tape them to your desert scene.

Chain Snake

Choose what colour construction paper you would like to use for your snake. You can also use two different colours and alternate them. Cut the paper into 10" strips that are 2" wide. You will need 16 of these strips. Make the strips into rings and loop one on to the other, taping them together. Use construction paper or a marker to make a snake face on the front loop. Get creative and add more loops to make a really long snake.

Toothpick Cactus

Help kids cut cacti out of green construction paper. Use white school glue and a paintbrush to paint the glue on to the cactus, and break apart toothpicks to use as needles. Glue the toothpick pieces to the cactus and allow it to dry. Glue on small pieces of coloured tissue paper to resemble flowers. Sprinkle glitter or real sand onto some glue at the bottom of the cactus.

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