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Paint Your Own Petroglyphs
From the deserts of the American Southwest to the African Sahara and even the Australian outback, ancient peoples left behind the stories of their lives, painting pictures in reds and blacks, yellows and whites onto rocky outcrops and inside caves. In this activity, your 5th grade artist can pay tribute to the art of these ancient peoples by creating his own petroglyphs on a sheet of rough sandpaper. The granular surface of the sandpaper approximates the texture of rock, creating an authentic look in the finished piece.