Growing up in Arizona, we never paid much attention to cacti. As we came to know the varied and sometimes bizarre characteristics of the cacti I previously ignored, we became intrigued. For example, a saguaro cactus can grow up to 5 stories high, and humans have eaten the pads of prickly pear cacti for centuries.
A prickly pear cactus at our school © milesmonkey1
We think other students might also find cacti interesting and suggest making a board game. This game would be like the board game Sorry. You will have questions about different cacti, and if you get the fact right you will get to move a coupe of squares. The person who gets his or her 4 cacti home first wins. We wanted to make this game because it's fun to lean interesting facts about cacti.
Here is a list of facts that you can use for your game to make card:
- The world's largest cactus measured 63 feet. It was found in the Sonora Desert!
- Cacti can be found in almost every state.Bees pollinate 80 to 90 percent of agaves and cacti.It takes approximately 75 to 100 years for a Saguaro Cactus to produce an arm.
- Specimens of saguaro cactus 30 feet tall can contain hundreds of gallons of liquidClick on an image to view larger version & data in a new window
Opuntia arbuscula. A cholla cactus at our school. © 2005 milesmonkey1
Information on the Internet
- Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum This site has many interesting facts about cacti!