Learn about Animal Adaptations!
Make an Animal Print Neck Cooler!
Nature-Watch Activity Kits are amazing! Each kit includes a unique, hands-on project for each participant to “make and take”, reinforcing the learning experience. Our kits come with everything needed to assemble the craft as well as a detailed Instructor’s Guide to help you deliver the educational component. Instructors appreciate the educational value and ease-of-use of Nature-Watch Kits. Children think they are FUN! Our “Beat the Heat” Neck Cooler Activity Kit is a perfect example of how we make learning so much fun!
Video: Step by Step Assembly
Animals (including humans) have adapted to their unique environments over the course of many generations. Some animals have adapted to living in extreme environments – where they are forced to live with harsh, icy winters or extremely hot summers with little or no water. These animals have developed remarkable physical and behavioral adaptations that have allowed them to survive, and even to thrive, despite these difficult conditions.
Our Beat the Heat Activity Kit teaches children about Animal Adaptations (with a special focus on African Animals) and provides all of the materials you need for each participant to assemble their own Animal Print Neck Cooler. First, place our special crystals into the cloth bag. Pull the drawstrings tight and tie. Next, roll the bag into the Animal Print Bandana. Soak the bandana in cool water for about 10 minutes. The crystals inside will absorb the cool water, making your neck cooler take shape. Tie around your neck and you will be wearing the “coolest” educational craft ever! It will also serve as a cool reminder of the way some animals have adapted to “beat the heat.”
Great project for children ages 5 and up! Animal print bandanas included in kit may vary from those pictured. All project materials are provided, but you will need to provide scissors. Scarves measure 20" by 20" so the finished project measures approximately 29" long.
MSDS Sheet for PolyCrystals
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General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3, NS.K-4.6, NS.5-8.3 Life Science and Science in Personal and Social Perspective.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Organisms have basic needs. For example, animals need air, water, and food; plants require air, water, nutrients and light. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met. The world has many different environments, and distinct environments support the life of different types of organisms.
Life Cycles of Organisms (K-4)
Many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents of an organism, but other characteristics result from an individual’s interactions with the environment.
Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
All organism’s patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism’s environment, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food and resources, and the physical characteristics of the environment. When the environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce, and others die or move to new locations.
Content Standard F: Types of Resources (K-4)
Resources are things that we get from the living and nonliving environment to meet the needs and wants of a population.
Content Standard C: Regulation and Behavior (5-8)
All organism’s behavior evolves through adaptation to its environment. How a species moves, obtains food, reproduces, and responds to danger are based in the species’ evolutionary history.
Diversity and Adaptations of Organisms (5-8)
Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species developed through gradual processes over many generations. Species acquire many of their unique characteristics through biological adaptation, which involves the selection of naturally occurring variations in populations.
Specific (California standards):
(1.2a) Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
(1.2b) Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light.
(2.2c) Students know many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents. Some characteristics are caused or influenced by the environment.
(3.3d) Students know when an environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce; others die or move to new locations.
(4.3b) Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
(6.5e) Students know the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the resources available and on abiotic factors.