Tropical Birds at Night

Tropical Birds at Night lesson plan

Capture amazing rain forest birds with a scratch-out crayon technique.

  • 1.

    Find resources to research information about a tropical bird that you "adopt." Gather facts about habitat, size, egg-laying, and necessities for the bird's survival in the rainforest. Prepare a report about the bird, written with Crayola® Crayons that are the colors of the bird's plumage.

  • 2.

    To create your Tropical Bird at Night, use a thick layer of crayons to cover white paper with color.

  • 3.

    Cover the color with a dense layer of black Crayola crayon.

  • 4.

    Scratch lines with a craft stick through the top layer to reveal color beneath. If this is your first time using the scratch-out technique, experiment with it on scrap paper before scratching your tropical bird.


  • Children use reference materials such as a card catalog, encyclopedia, and online information to research and write reports on tropical birds.
  • Students identify characteristics necessary for tropical birds' survival in the rain forest climate, such as coloration, nesting habits, and food availability.
  • Children use their observations and knowledge to create pictures of their tropical birds at night using a scratch-out technique.


  • Children from primary and upper grades work as partners to read and record information about a tropical bird they "adopt" together.
  • Display art work and reports in a virtual tropical bird sanctuary for families and students to visit.
  • Use recycled boxes and cardboard to create three-dimensional representations of water, plants, trees, sun, and other necessities for the birds' survival in the tropical rain forest. Play a tape of rain forest sounds to enhance the sanctuary experience.