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These activities focus on plants and animals.

These are all the activities with the activity type tag "Nature." There are a total of 63 Nature activities.

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Name Description Activity Type Age Range Presentation Style Subject Keywords
A drawing lesson A lesson to improve drawing and observation skills Art
Nature
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
interactive art
designs in nature
nature study
observation
drawing
art
journaling
nature study
Aboriginal art Aboriginal art allows students to create artwork using a pinpoint style just like the indigenous people of Australia. Art
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K) demonstration
model
cultural art aborigine
pinpoint painting
Armadillo craft Students will be able to create their own armadillo art craft. Art
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
model armadillos
mammals
armadillo
armor
mammal
Art attack Art attack is a competitive art game. Teams of students have to create a structure in a set amount of time. Teams are given based based on teamwork, name of their art, and the story about their art. Art
Cooperative
Nature
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
art
creative story telling
Barton springs salamander page Students will be able to color in a barton springs salamander. This is a local endangered amphibian from Austin, Texas. Art
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
student led amphibians
salamanders
amphibian
barton springs
aquifer
indicator species
Bat mother smelling game Students will each be given a smell. Some students will be moms and some will be babies. The blindfolded moms must try to find their babies based on smell alone. Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
student led
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
Bear fish mosquito Human farkle is like a big group rock paper scissors except the three options are bear, fish and mosquito. There's also an element of tag and team building. This game can also be used to demonstrate the different levels of a food chain. Nature
Tag
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
food chain
tag
Birds without teeth Students will learn how birds break down food, using plastic bags to mimic a bird's crop. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
interactive
birds
adaptation
beaks
adaptation
crop
Blanket drop name game Blanket drop name game is a name game. Students divide into teams and send one person from their team to sit behind a blanket. When the blanket lifts, the student has to guess the other student's name. Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
student led
Blubber hand Students will put their hands into a plastic bag filled with lard. They will emerse their lard hand into ice water. The goal is to simulate what it is like to be a polar animal with a lot of blubber. The lard hand will not get as cold as a bare hand. Nature
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
interactive
model
polar animals
mammals
adaptation
insulate
polar
habitat
adaptation
buoyant
Box Turtle Game Kids hide like box turtles from a predator. Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active box turtle
turtles
reptiles
turtle
predator
prey
Bubble wrap lizard Bubble wrap lizard activity lets children create a Texas Alligator lizard using bubble wrap. Art
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
interactive
model
lizards
reptiles
scales
lizard
scales
reptiles
Collared Lizard Game Kids act like collared lizards to avoid being eaten by a predator Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active lizards
reptiles
lizard
predator
prey
collared lizard
Color wheel The Color wheel activity lets students explore the concept of primary and secondary colors while they also get to make a colorful art craft. Art
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
demonstration
model
color primary
secondary
complementary
color wheel
Cottontail craft Students will be able to create their own rabbit art craft. Art
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K) model rabbits
mammals
conntontail
rabbit
tail
Desert song Sing two great songs about deserts Nature 3-5 (PreK-K) active desert coyote
rattlesnake
roadrunner
jackrabbit
Dissect a rotting log Students dissect a rotten log to see what lives inside. Arthropod
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
habitats
decomposition
dissect
arthropods
decomposers
decay
soil
Don't Lose Your Tail Lizard Game A predator chases the lizards and tries to capture their tails. Nature 3-5 (PreK-K) active lizards
reptiles
lizard
tail
predator
prey
Don't wake the bear A child (the "bear") hides under a sheet. An object it placed near the bear. Children try to take the object without waking and getting caught by the bear. Nature
Tag
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active
interactive
hibernation
mammals
bears
hibernation
hibernate
stored fat
Dream catchers with paper plates Students will be able to make dreamcatchers out of paper plates, feathers, yarn and paint. Art
Arthropod
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
student led birds dreamcatcher
birds
dreams
Echolocation game children work in pairs to act out the sounds of echolocation Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active echolocation
bats
mammals
echolocation
bats
microbats
Emperor penguin egg walk Students will pretend to be a daddy penguin taking care of their egg. Daddy penguins hold their egg on top of their feet. Students will try to walk and/or race with their egg on top of their feet. Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active
interactive
model
polar
polar animals
birds
adaptation
Endangered habitat Endangered habitat is an acitivty where students pretend to be frogs whose habitat is threatened. Their habitat (hula hoops) is slowly taken away. What will they do?! Nature all ages active
interactive
model
habitats
environments
endagered species
habitat
ecosystem
endangered
extinct
Evolution Evolution is a game where students all start out as chickens. They play rock, paper scissors to evolve into the next lifeform. Students can only play against the same lifeform. Students who reach the top lifeform, which is a teenager, win the game. Dinosaur
Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
student led
evolution
adaptation
evolution
adaptation
Fatty insulators activity Demonstrate how an insulating layer loses less heat than a non-insulating layer. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration mammals
adaptation
insulation
blubber
Ferret Scent Game kids follow a scent trail to find a ferret Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active ferrets ferret
scent
smell
communication
Ferret craft Ferret craft is an art activity where students can make a ferret out of construction paper. Art
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
interactive
model
ferrets
mammals
endangered species
black-footed ferret
Follow the Turkey Leader In this version of the game Follow the Leader, children pretend to be a flock of wild turkey chicks following their mother to learn and stay safe. Hike
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K) active turkeys
birds
poult
hen
tom
roost
flock
Frog sounds Students will use common objects to create four local frog calls. Nature
Science
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
demonstration
interactive
model
student led
amphibians
frogs
toads
frogs
frog calls
toads
Fungus dance When the lights are on, students writh around in the "dirt" as fungus hyphae (like roots), when the lights are off, students dance, throw cotton balls (spores) while they are misted with water. It's the fungus dance! Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
fungus fungus
fungi
spores
hyphae
mycology
Fungus jokes Jokes about fungi and mushrooms Nature all ages lecture fungus
mushrooms
fungi
Habitat mural Habitat mural is an activity where the instructor draws/paints a natural scene on a large piece of paper and students draw and cut out animals and place them in the appropriate habitats. Art
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
model
student led
habitats
environments
habitats
environments
niche
Hairy activity Plastic jars and cotton balls are used to represent the effect of mammals' fur on their temperature. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration mammals
adaptation
insulation
fur
Hearing without ears Children learn how snakes sense vibrations and why snakes rely on this sense over traditional hearing. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
demonstration snakes
hearing
vibrations
Homemade butter Students will be able to create and eat homemade butter made from simply shaking a bottle of heavy cream. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
model
student led
mammals
milk
dairy
buttermilk
butter
protein
far
Is that you? This is hide is seek at night with a focus on night time animal adaptations. Children learn how to adapt nocturnal prey and as nocturnal predators. Cooperative
Hike
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
adaptation
nocturnal
nocturnal
night vision
camouflage
predator
prey
Kabob leaf collecting Students will be able to collect different types of leaves on their kabobs. There are many more types than you'd ever expect! Hike
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active
student led
seasonal changes
color in nature
seasons
variation
Magic window Students will place a magic window on a ground of a forest and investigate all the hidden living creatures that live there. Hike
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
student led
nature
ecology
Magnetism and migration of animals Students will understand how the internal compass in migrating animals allows them to travel to familiar places without getting lost. This is a scientific experiment involving magnets. Nature
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
demonstration
interactive
magnetism
migration
magnet
magnetism
migration
Making paper Students will make paper using items in nature and old, used paper. Art
Cooperative
Nature
Rainy day
Recycling
Science
all ages interactive recycling
reducing
reusing
Migration and hibernation collage Students will cut of pictures of animals and classify them based on whether the animal hibernates or migrates. Nature 5-8 (grades 1-2) interactive
student led
migration
hibernation
migration
hibernation
Nature bracelets A way to allow students to collect within a limit of what will fit on the bracelet. Art
Hike
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
student led
nature hike
collection
observation
craft
Nature scavenger hunt Students find objects on their nature scavenger hunt list! Hike
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
student led
Oh dear Half the group are deer and the other half represent resources. If the deer's needs match the resources, then the resource gets "eaten" by the deer and thus becomes a new deer! Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
model
student led
habitat
survival
resources
shelter
Pigs fly leader calls out "Ducks Fly" , "Owls Fly" , "Pigs Fly"...and so on. If the animal called out really does fly, the children flap their arms. Nature 3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active
interactive
Pill Bug Habitats Students collect pill bugs and create a habitat for them. Arthropod
Hike
Nature
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
student led
pill_bugs
arthropods
roly_poly
habitats
crustacean
pill_bug
habitat
crustacean
Polar animal adaptations Students will learn about common polar animal adaptations. This includes 3 demos about wings, bird bones, feathers, and air as an insulator Nature
Science
all ages demonstration
model
polar
polar animals
mammals
adaptation
Predator vs prey Students pretend they prey that are being stalked by a predator. They wait in hiding in the best camouflaged habitat they can find. The first person to touch a base without being seen by the predator wins. Being seen means being eaten! Nature
Tag
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
student led
adaptation
camouflage
predator
prey
Scat facts Interesting scat facts Nature all ages lecture scat slice
tract
hibernate
germinate
Seed bombs A seed bomb is a mud ball with seeds mixed it. Students will make these using native seeds and then throw them on areas that need beautifying. Art
Nature
Recycling
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
nature conservation seed bomb
native
local
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