21 Endangered Species Art Project Ideas for Elementary Kids

Endangered species art project ideasEndangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate and raise awareness for the tens of thousands of known threatened species around the world. It’s critical to teach our children about endangered species because if we don’t know about the problem, we can’t take steps to find solutions.

Deforestation is one of the primary reasons species become endangered or extinct. Forests cover 31% of the Earth’s land and are home to much of the world’s biodiversity. Many living things rely directly on forests for food and shelter. Cutting down trees to make space for agriculture, ranches, and developments reduces the habitat available to animals and other organisms that rely on those trees to survive.

Project Learning Tree has several activities for teachers to do with their students that focus on endangered species. Incorporating art into your lesson plans about endangered species is another great way to engage kids on this subject.

Check out the art project ideas below to incorporate into your lesson plan about endangered animals. Or, see the board on Pinterest.

1. Suncatcher

2. Paper mosaic

3. Handprints and hand outlines

4. Masks

5. Clothespins

6. Paper plates

7. Pipe cleaners

8. Relief prints

9. Nature-based

10. Brad fasteners

11. Paper bag puppets

12. Stick puppets

13. Finger puppets

14. Dioramas

15. Animals in water bottles

16. Shoe outlines

17. Climbing gorilla

18. Cotton balls

19. Coloring pages

20. Silhouettes with magazine strips

21. Yarn silhouettes

Looking for more activities and resources for elementary-aged children?
Check out our materials and professional development opportunities for elementary school teachers

Rebecca Reynandez

Rebecca Reynandez

Rebecca Reynandez is a Marketing and Communications Consultant and Principal of Spring Media Strategies, LLC. She has worked with nonprofits for the past 10 years and currently focuses on working with environmental organizations. She is based in Minneapolis, MN.

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