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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 10, 2004 - Issue 104


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Berry Busy Zoo


Mary Ann from Bright Ring Publishing, Inc., has generously allowed us to share some of her art and craft ideas with you. You can find more activities on her site at

Plastic berry baskets make realistic play cages for mini-zoo clay animals. Remember to leave the gates unlocked so the animals can frolic on the butcher paper zoo grounds!

You Will Need:

  • fun clay recipe
  • large sheet of butcher paper or craft paper (open sheets of newspaper are a good substitute)
  • paints and brushes, optional
  • toothpicks
  • berry baskets
  • labels, stick-on style
  • markers
  • paper
  • tape
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • small boxes - milk cartons, containers

1. Model zoo animals of any kind from the cornstarch clay (Funclay). Dry overnight until hard. Paint if desired, then dry again. Suggestions for zoo animals are: alligator • baboon • bear • bison • chimpanzee • elephant • giraffe • gorilla • kangaroo • lion • seal • tiger

2. Spread the butcher paper out on the floor or a table. Think about zoos, real or imaginary. Begin to plan the layout of the cages and the zoo grounds. Think about including one or more of the following: monkey island • penguin pools • seal pools

3. Draw pathways connecting the areas where the cages will go. Draw the places for other areas like pools, shops, playground, or grazing fields.

4. Place the berry baskets on the zoo design for cages. Make doors by cutting open a wall of the basket with scissors so doors will open and close. Add flags, if desired, with plain labels sandwiched over toothpicks and attached to the cages. Labels also make great stick-on signs.

5. Place the animals in the cages.

6. Make other buildings or things for the zoo from cardboard, scrap paper, boxes, containers, tape, and glue.

7. Play and pretend in the Berry Busy Zoo.

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