Camel Activities for Kids

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students about animals can be rewarding and fun, but you have to keep them engaged in learning. The activities in this lesson are designed to keep your students excited to learn about camels.

Why Camel Activities?

Are you trying to teach your students about camels, their lives, and their habitats? If so, you might be looking for ways to move past reading and lecturing as you teach. Many students are naturally interested and enthusiastic to learn as much about the animal kingdom as possible, and your job as a teacher is to capitalize on this excitement to help fill their minds with information and further questions. One way to help keep students engaged in learning about camels is to incorporate activities into your instruction. Activities can help students access their strengths and learn from a variety of different modalities. Activities are often hands-on and require students to take ownership over their own learning. Many activities are also collaborative, and students can learn from working with each other. The activities in this lesson are designed to help your students better understand camels.

Camel Activities

Visual Activities

The activities in this section are great for those learners who like to see what they are learning.

  • Inside a Hump

Ask your students to break into small groups, and give each group a piece of poster board. Explain to them that their job is to draw the inside of a camel's hump on poster board, but that they should draw it as a cartoon. Their cartoons should represent what is going on inside the hump and why it is important to the camel. Encourage students to put little characters inside the hump or get creative with their illustrations. Be sure to give them a chance to share with one another.

  • Model Camels

Once again, have your students work in small groups, and this time let each group work with clay to create a model of a camel. Their models should be as accurate as possible, emphasizing features such as the camel's thick lips, long eye lashes, and strong hooves. When the clay has dried, let students paint their models and display them in a camel museum.

Kinesthetic Activities

These activities will be especially helpful for those students who love to move or learn best from using their bodies.

  • Camel Simulation

Bring your students into a gym or outdoor area for this activity. Explain that their job is to spend ten minutes being camels. At first, students might feel self-conscious, but soon they will get into the groove. With their bodies, eyes, and mouths, they should show everything they know about how camels behave, move, and communicate. After ten minutes, bring them together to talk about what the experience made them learn and wonder about these amazing creatures.

  • Camel Tag

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