Coral Polyp

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In this activity, learners will create their own coral polyps - the basis for a coral reef. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and an "Explore more" section with more information about coral reefs.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Paper Plate
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Markers
  • Toothpicks
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Hole Puncher
  • Clay or Play Dough


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
    • Ecology
    • Evolution

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


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  • Free access



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