One way I get kids excited about learning is to use animals. Children love them because of their beautiful features and unique differences. Here are 3 activities that will introduce your children to animal habitats.
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I have children coming to my home preschool throughout the summer. It is so helpful to have fun and enriching activities for them to do when they are here. All three of these activities promote different types of skills and are perfect for all different ages!
Animal Habitat Activities
1. DIY Animal Habitat Board Game
Supplies: Construction paper, Reusable Stickers or small animal toys, Pencils, Scissors
The girls were so excited to make their own board game! I gave them a piece of construction paper and let them draw their own board game first. Then we worked on one together.
I asked them where animals live and we added different colored paper for each place they named; in the water, in the jungle, in the field, and in the dessert. We made our own people for place markers and drew a path through the different habitats.
The girls took turns placing our Reusable Sticker Animals on the path in their correct habitat. We used a spinner with 1-4 from another board game and started to play! It was fun to have everyone act like the animal that they landed on. The first person to the end was the winner!
2. Animal Habitat Scenes
These reusable stickers were great for free and imaginative play. I had children from 3-7 yrs happily designing their habitat scenes for almost an hour! There were 5 scenes in the set and more than 150 stickers! For under $4, this makes a great busy bag activity that the children will use again and again.
3. DIY Animal Puzzles
You could use any flat toy animals, but we used our reusable stickers again to make our own puzzles! All we did was trace the outline of the stickers on a piece of paper. You could have your children draw a habitat scene before they traced the animals too.
I had to help the younger children trace, but they really loved trading puzzles and putting them together. I talked about which animals on their paper lived in the same habitat. The children loved it and wanted to make more puzzles!
Even Colton got to do his animal puzzle! The noises the puzzle makes are perfect for him because he can’t say the animals names quite yet and it motivates him to put it back together.
We had such a great time learning about animal habitats! How do you teach your children about animals?
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