When we learned about mountains and valleys, of course a shoe box came to mind! We built this model this past winter, I believe, and the kids had so much fun with it. It's amazing how "trash" can become so useful if you think about it! We used a brown paper bag and a shoebox to build the mountains. We used cotton for the "snowcaps." We got pictures of different animals online and colored and cut them out. The water is just blue paint and some clear wrap on top of that. The trees and shrubs are simply green construction paper cutouts. We never did put fish in the water, but we still have this project to add to when we want. Please feel free to share other ways in which you used shoe boxes and/or taught about different habitats. We'd love to hear them!
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