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Animals in Winter {Hibernating Printable}

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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.

Animals in Winter Hibernation Activities for Kids

Books about Hibernation for Kids:

You and your preschooler will love any of the following books!  Add to your library 🙂

Animals in Winter Books for Preschool

Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)

Why Do Bears Hibernate? (Tell Me Why, Tell Me How)

Over and Under the Snow

How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter (How and Why Series)

Hibernation (Patterns in Nature)

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!

Hibernating or Not Printable for Preschoolers

 

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:

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Dawn Rothbauer

Sunday 10th of January 2021

I love hibernation ideas.

Susie @Bowdabra

Saturday 2nd of February 2013

Thanks so much for coming by and visiting our blog and sharing your awesome project. Come by again and link up some more awesome projects in our Saturday Showcase again next week!

Have a good week! Susie@bowdabra http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/02/02/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-18/

Carissa

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

it's hard to find fun activities to do in the winter! thanks for sharing

michelle

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

Really cute ideas! I wish I'd had those books when we did an Alaska animals unit recently! http://eatingthenibblybibs.blogspot.com/2013/01/mail-fromalaska.html