The island landscapes give the opportunity for artistic students (or parent helpers) to shine.  Using aerial photographs, students can see what a landscape of forests or farmlands may look like from above.  Lakes and streams, crops and meadows, and forests and roads may be painted on the landscape using tempera or acrylic paints topped with a coat of white glue mixed with water and a light sprinkling of sand (for texture, added strength and traction for the rover).  Grasses, gravels and rocks used by railroad modelers add interest.  Plastic animals may be added as well.

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