Create A Creature - DuPage Children's Museum | STEM Labs

Create A Creature

Students will use their knowledge of animal adaptations to imagine, design, and create a creature with unique characteristics that will help the creature survive – specific considerations must include how and what the creature eats, how it moves, and where it lives.


Primary Student Activity:

Use craft supplies to build a model of a creature they design that reflects their imaginary organism’s needs for food, habitat and movement. 


Supporting Activities:

  • View DCM’s video introducing the topic and key concepts.
  • Facilitated discussion of common, local animals and what they need to survive. 
  • Brainstorming on the three key factors they decide about their creature, where it lives, what it eats, and how it moves. 
  • View short, age-appropriate third-party videos about different animal adaptations.


NGSS Connections:

K LS-1: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive

1-LS1-1: Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs 


Materials per student:

  • Model Magic/Clay
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pom Poms/Cotton Balls
  • Craft Sticks
  • Coloring Supplies
  • Yarn
  • Felt
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Scissors

More Information


1 session, 60 minutes



Kindergarten: In-person Only
Grades 1 – 3: Virtual or In-person


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Cost per Classroom (up to 30 students)

  • Virtual – $200
  • In-Person
    • At DCM* – $200
    • In Your Classroom – $300
      (additional cost for schools greater than 20 miles from DCM)

* Include a Field Trip with your STEM with DCM Lab!
  An additional $7.50 per student


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