Rhino Rescue


Stop hunting and poaching! Rhinoceroses are an endangered species in Africa. Imagine you are on a nature reserve in Botswana working to conserve these precious animals.


1. At the end of the 20th century, African rhinoceroses came close to extinction. Why? Rhino horns were very valuable. They were sold to make medicines and dagger handles. The demand for rhino horn led to mass hunting and poaching.

2. African countries such as Botswana have game reserves that are committed to increase the numbers of rhinoceros. They are conserving rhinos in safe, heavily guarded sanctuaries. Conservationists plan to relocate and reintroduce rhinos to places they may have lived historically.

3. On the reserves, you could come face to face with a rhino! Rhinos have very poor eyesight, so they sometimes mistake a large vehicle for an enemy. They charge aggressively! After they are close enough to see how large their target really is, they usually veer off to avoid a confrontation. Imagine if you were in one of these vehicles!

4. Cover your art area with newspaper. Use recycled boxes and Crayola® School Glue to construct a model of a four-wheel drive vehicle like one you might see on a nature reserve. Air-dry your vehicle.

5. On construction paper, use Crayola Washable Markers to create jungle-like camouflage, crisp black and white zebra stripes, or any pattern of your choice. Experiment with overlapping colors, drawing fine lines with marker tips, and making broader lines with the side of your marker. Cut the paper to fit the body of your vehicle. Glue on. Air-dry the decorated vehicle.

6. Cut windows from white paper. Draw black silhouettes on the windows. Glue on and air-dry. Cut four circles for wheels from corrugated cardboard. Paint with Crayola Washable Tempera Paint and Paint Brushes. Air-dry wheels flat. Glue to vehicle. Air-dry vehicle on its side.

7. Study books, pictures, and films about rhinoceroses. Learn about their eating habits, size, weight, habitats, and other interesting facts. Use Model Magic to sculpt a full-grown rhinoceros, which would be approximately 2/3 the size of your vehicle. Air-dry at least 24 hours.

8. Mix black and white paint to make a gray rhinoceros color. Paint your rhino. Air-dry the animal.

9. Glue your rhino and vehicle onto a cardboard base. Use markers on construction paper to draw and color bushes, grass, trees, and any other terrain. Add tabs on the bottom of your drawings. Cut around drawings and tabs. Bend tabs and glue in place on cardboard base. Air-dry your entire display. You’re ready for a Rhino Rescue!

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.

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  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

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.


  • Find out the similarities and differences between white and black rhinoceroses. Make a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two. Demonstrate findings to your classmates.
  • Study other endangered species. Make a book to share with younger children. Write a description of what one endangered animal needs to survive on the front of a page. Illustrate and label animals on the back. Bind the pages together. Add an attractive cover with the title Help Wanted.
  • Calculate how many students, 10-pound bags of flour, or another item it would take to equal the weight of an adult male rhinoceros.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Markers
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • recycled boxes
  • paper towels
  • cardboard
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students recognize the efforts of conservationists working to prevent the extinction of rhinos in southern Africa.

  • Students research and gather information about rhinoceroses.

  • ?Students represent scenes of interactions between rhinoceros and people on nature reserves in Botswana.


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