Race for Survival

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During this interactive "survival" game, students learn about the importance of camouflage and how it helps animals to blend into their surroundings, as either predator or prey. Learners participate by collecting "prey" in various different "habitats" as fast as possible and then predicting which habitat acts better as a means of camouflage. This activity continues with a discussion regarding other aspects of animal survival, which can also lead to lessons on food chains or ecosystems.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Group Data Tables
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Pencils (one per kid)
  • Newspaper (black and white)
  • Patterned wrapping paper (approx. 3' x 4' piece, plus extra)
  • Colored paper (a few sheets of three colors)
  • Cups (two per team, labeled Habitat #1 and #1
  • Masking tape
  • Camouflage examples from books or Internet


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • WGBH

Source Collection

  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman


Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0714741
  • Public Television Viewers
  • Greendog