Landforms Mobile


Hop from islands to mountains, from permafrost to tropical rainforests. Explore glaciers and coral reefs. Display the diversity of the Earth’s landscape!


1. In small groups, research various landforms such as hills, mountains, plains, valleys, oceans, lakes, peninsulas, rivers, islands, glaciers, coral reefs, deserts, and rain forests. Find each landform in several different parts of the world. Identify the similarities and differences in these landforms, and how they affect life in that part of the globe.

2. Choose several landforms that are most appealing to your group. On white construction paper, draw detailed postcard-size pictures of each landform. Use Crayola® Colored Pencils, Crayola Construction Paper Crayons, and Crayola Washable Markers. Cut out with Crayola Scissors.

3. On small pieces of paper, or on the back of your drawings, label each landform with name, a sentence describing that landform, and locations where it is found.

4. Punch holes in the top of each paper. Tie papers to yarn cut in varying lengths. Hang the landforms and their labels from a cardboard tube to create a mobile.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Recycled Cardboard Tubes—Use paper towel tubes, gift-wrap tubes, or long cardboard tubes that can be cut to any length. Health professionals caution against using recycled toilet paper tubes for arts & crafts projects because of the potential fecal contamination.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Students with special needs may work best in integrated small groups. Provide ample pictorial resources, combined with field experiences, to help students visualize the landforms.
  • Advanced students respond to questions how landforms affect animals and the food available in the region. Add animals to the mobiles.
  • Encourage higher-level and critical thinking by challenging students to choose in which region they would want to live and not want to live. Why? What would life be like there?
  • Explore how land forms change over time. Consider phenomena such as earthquakes, floods, and volcanoes.
  • Older students research climate zones such as the permafrost, frozen tundra, temperate areas, and tropical regions.

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crayola supplies
  • Construction Paper™ Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • yarn
  • hole punch
  • recycled gift wrap or paper towel roll



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research landforms, identify regions of the world where each can be found, and compare and contrast them.

  • Children discover how geographic regions of the earth are affected by differing landforms and changes in the Earth’s crust.

  • Students create a mobile with drawings and explanations of various landforms.


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