We’ve been learning a lot about Arctic animals lately, and we decided to take a look at the Arctic fox. To show off what we learned, we came up with this fun Arctic Fox Camouflage craft.
It all started when my 4-year-old recently picked up a book about Arctic foxes at the library and requested we learn about them. Absolutely! (This tends to happen a lot, which is why my girls and I know many interesting tidbits about different animals.)
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The Arctic fox turned out to be much more fascinating than I first thought. One thing that stood out for all of us was how different the fox looked in winter and summer.
This simple observation turned into a fun lesson in camouflage and how animals adapt to their surroundings.
We also did an easy art project based on what we learned to provide a visual reminder of how the Arctic fox uses camouflage.
Create your Arctic Fox Camouflage craft
Before beginning the project, I used a ruler to draw a line down the middle of our blue paper.
One half for the summer and the other half for the winter. We used our white paint to create a snowy landscape for our winter Arctic fox.
We then used our brown and green paint to create our summer landscape
The Arctic tundra is not lush and green in the summer. Instead, you will see more dirt and rocks with low-lying plants. (This picture from National Geographic is a good example of what you would see.)
Once our painted landscapes were complete, use cut simple fox figures from our construction paper.
We made the winter fox from white paper and the summer fox from brown paper. We then used our black marker to draw the details.
My preschooler observed that the Arctic fox was both brown and black in the summer, so she added some black stripes and patches with the marker.
Once the paint was dry, we glued our foxes onto the correct landscape.
We then used our marker to label the different scenes summer and winter.
Once we were done we had a great reminder of how the Arctic foxes uses camouflage and adapts to its surroundings with this fun Arctic Fox Camouflage craft.
Note: This post was first published on January 23, 2014. Updated and republished on January 5, 2019.
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