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Dandy Desert

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  1. Cardboard or tagboard
  2. Scissors
  3. A book about the desert and desert animals
  4. Paper
  5. Green fingerpaint
  6. Sand
  7. Brown or black clay


  1. To prepare, make a cactus pattern on cardboard or tagboard and cut it out.
  2. Read a story about the desert and its animal and plant life.
  3. Let the children trace the cactus pattern onto paper and cut it out. Have them fingerpaint the cactus green and then sprinkle sand over it while it is wet.
  4. Talk about rattlesnakes and how they live in the desert. Encourage the children to use brown or black clay to make their own rattlesnakes.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Animals
Content: The Arts: Visual Arts
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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