The food chain is a common elementary science topic. Help the kids understand how the food chain works with interactive class projects. Here are some ideas.
You’ll need plastic cups in several different sizes for this activity. Each cup represents a different plant or animal in the food chain. The lowest item on the food chain goes on the smallest cup. As you move up the food chain, add the other components to the larger cups. The kids stack the cups to show how the animals consume one another.
To represent the idea of a chain, use strips of paper to make a paper chain. Have the kids put each part of the food chain on a strip of paper. Then have them link the strips together in a chain in the correct order. Hang the chains around the room as examples of food chains.
This food chain activity gets the kids up and moving while they practice ordering organisms in the chain. Each child represents an organism in the chain. Write the name of an organism on a piece of paper and pin it to each child’s shirt. The kids then have to order themselves based on how the food chain would go. You can make it a race by dividing the kids into different food chains. Whichever group of kids gets in the correct order first wins.
Food Chain Art
Let the kids get creative with how they show the parts of the food chain. You’ll need pictures of each component of the food chain. The highest animal on the food chain needs to be the largest. Each component below it is slightly smaller. The kids color each animal and cut it out. They glue the animals on top of one another to look like each one has eaten the animal below it.