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), we 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 a 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, stalagmites, 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. When we got inside we found crinkled and softened paper (from packing paper or a paper grocery bag that I had pre-wrinkled so it was ready to go) 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 caveman, took us on a tour of his art.
Learn about animals that use or live in caves: bats, pack rats, bears, wolves, and more.
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.
More From Layers of Learning
Layers of Learning Unit 1-1 includes lots of fun hands-on explorations all about cave art. You can try the unit out for free. You can also take your blanket forts to the next level with our tips and tricks. Finally, if you want to see some authentic cave art, we have a list of places in North America where you can go see it in person. Hopefully, there’s one near you!