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What makes learning fun, education entertaining and encourages children to search for more answers to become more involved? Artails!

Artails is a program that focuses on the environment and endangered species. It introduces children to various endangered wildlife. The audience members have an opportunity to see what each animal looks like with face art. Several children are chosen from the audience to have their faces painted to resemble each animal that we’re highlighting for that program. While the faces are being painted up as the endangered animal, everyone learns about what the animal is, where they live, what they eat and fun informational tidbits. Then they learn why each particular animal is endangered and also what can be done to save these precious animals.

Each program involves learning by listening, watching while the animal’s face is being painted and also incorporates comedy and magic (which includes audience participation). We also incorporate interactive play into the program while teaching the children about the different sounds the animals make.

Artails is perfect for a variety of venues including library shows, schools (in individual classroom settings and assemblies) as well as corporate and private events. An important aspect of Artails is encouraging the children to continue their education about the endangered wildlife with books and videos available through their local libraries and schools. Fun educational handouts are also offered with each program for the children to take home with them.

A variety of endangered wildlife are offered as the main subjects to be chosen by the teachers, librarians or event planners. Then each show is geared towards whichever animals are chosen, what age group will be in attendance and length of show (usually 30-45 min. but can go longer). There are also options that can be offered depending on the size of the audience. One option is for each of the other children, who were not painted up as the main animals, to get an animal muzzle painted on their face. The excitement is obvious from the children as they feel they become one of those endangered animals and it encourages them to become active in helping to save and restore their habitats. No matter what the age, there is something that everyone can do. Taking the information home and sharing it with their family at dinner time is a great start!

The Artails website ( offers more information on each of the animals including pictures, slide shows on how the faces are painted, follow-up educational options, coloring pages, links to websites offering more insight and also a tribute to Steve Irwin and all that he did in helping educate the world about the endangered wildlife.

We live in a world that is full of beautiful, unique and interesting wildlife. Too many are on the endangered list and it is up to all of us to protect these precious animals. Artails is all about educating, in an entertaining way, to give children of all ages the tools to help in this endeavor….to keep these wonderful animals around for generations to come.

Author: Karen Reinholt



Vancouver, United States

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