Even though there isn’t much snow around this week (is there ever in Southern Alabama?), the temperatures have been pretty cold and we’ve been learning all about animals in the winter.
Books about Hibernation for Kids:
You and your preschooler will love any of the following books! Add to your library 🙂
Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)
How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter (How and Why Series)
Winter Sleep (a hibernation story)
The text in the bear book was a little too complex for my kids (ages 2-3), but they really enjoyed the pictures and seeing different types of bears. They loved the Animals in Winter book, especially the page that talked about the groundhog building a bathroom under the ground!
I spotted a great game over at Teach Preschool where kids climb into a “bear den” to hibernate. When the timer buzzes, winter is over and the kids all come roaring out the cave. I knew our kids would love that as well, so we set up a little tent/cave.
Heading into the cave for winter. The little bears “ate” lots of berries and other bear food before heading to their cave for the winter.
After the “bears” had been in the den for about 10 seconds, I would yell “Spring Time” and all the bears would come out and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. It was so cute! Then they would all yell, “It’s time to hibernate again!” We had to play many, many times! It was worth it to hear them walking around saying “hibernate” though!
Afterwards, we talked about other animals that hibernate, using Animals in Winter as a reference. Kelli made up this perfect chart to go with the book, so be sure to grab yours (free printable). The printable contains a chart for “Hibernating” and “Non-hibernating” and then a number of animals to cut out and sort into columns. Perfect for winter learning!
My 3 year old loved matching the little pictures to the animals in the book and then placing in the appropriate column.
More Fun Hibernating Activities:
- I am loving this Sleep Well, Bear preschool activity from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds!
- A Little Pinch of Perfect has an adorable Hibernating Bear Paper Plate Craft for your kids to do!