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FREE!! Curious Creatures: Deceptive Appearances! A NatureArt Kids Activity

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Do you know why some animals and plants have a deceptive appearance? With this tutorial you will learn about a few examples of mimicry, concealment, camouflage and disguises in the natural world. Try some investigation and research! Draw and create your own deceptive creature!

NatureArt Lab has created a pdf tutorial for you to enjoy with your children. We are keen to continue to provide meaningful art and science activities while we are unable to provide our regular face-to-face programs and families are at home. 

Nature journaling creates opportunities for children to learn to observe, ask questions and wonder about our natural world. We encourage children to ask a lot of questions, as well as focusing on the use of words, pictures and numbers for each topic. We also encourage you to engage children in reflection about what they have learnt at the end of the session. This approach aims to support a growth mindset, notice and affirm accurate observations (avoid praising artwork), give appropriate and timely feedback, and support deliberate practice. 

Key to this approach is encouraging children to think: 


  • I wonder….., I notice…..., It reminds me of….. (Inspiration from John Muir Laws)

  • Add this to your checkout, and we will forward a pdf tutorial with 8 pages of notes and step-by-step images for the activity! 

    Thank you for your support with our creative art-science tutorials, specially designed for 5 - 12 year old students.

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