We built a “cave” out of blankets and tables in our family room for this fun activity all about caves for kids. As soon as the kids walked in the room they wanted to go explore the cave. But before I would let them go spelunking (these are little kids, but they love big words and a word like “spelunking” is tons of fun anyway) had to get their gear together. We talked about what we might want to take with us. Light was at the top of our list.
We made caver helmets with lights out of construction paper. First cut three 2″ wide strips, the long way on the paper and cut two circles for each child out of yellow. The circles will be our headlamps.
Staple or tape two of the long strips together to make a band to fit around the child’s head. Then staple a band perpendicular to the other from front to back to go over the child’s head. Finally staple the headlamp on the front. Then you can make a flashlight with your other yellow circle and toilet paper tube. Just tape the yellow circle onto the end of the tube. You can cover the tube with another color of paper if you like as well.
We also talked about needing rope, food, water, a watch and a buddy for exploring a cave. Then we talked about the kinds of things we might find in a cave: animals, stalactites and stalacmites, water, or cave art. I showed them some examples of cave art from an art book.
Now we were ready to go inside our cave. We found crinkled and softened paper (from packing paper or a paper grocery bag) and chalk. We made our own cave art while sitting in the cave.
Finally we went on a tour outside and found neo-neolithic cave art on a rock in our front yard (done by my older son who wanted to be involved). “Grog” the cave man took us on a tour of his art.
Learn about animals that use or live in caves: bats, pack rats, bears, wolves, etc.
Practice the letter “C” to go with caves.
Write an adventure story about a cave spelunking expedition.
Visit a real cave near you.
Let the kids sleep over in the blanket cave. They love that!
Learn more about the different forms of cave art and where they are found in the world. Some cave art is painted, but also there are petroglyphs, pieces of rock chipped out to make a picture. Cave art can be found all over the world on every continent.
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