Last January, I used a hibernation theme with my preschoolers and extended it up to meet some science needs for my elementary age children as well. I thought I’d take a few minutes to share with you some of the books and resources that we used in case you were starting to look ahead to what you and your children were doing after the holidays.
I’m going to start with some of the books we used. I’m going to use affiliate links, so if you purchase through them, thank you! We read:
- What Do Animals Do in Winter?: How Animals Survive the Cold by Melvin & Sheila Berger. I loved this one for my elementary-age children because it starts to expand the concept beyond the idea of a bear sleeping in his cave
- Winter Why Tales–This is a resource I downloaded from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. It has two old-fashioned and charming fairy tales/fables for the winder season. My older two loved it!
- The Mitten by Jan Brett. We also used ideas from the Homeschool Share Unit Study of The Mitten to enhance our readings of this book.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. There’s some great printables from Homeschool Share for this book too!
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
- Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. My new winter favorite!! We also used the great printables from 3Dinosaurs for the preschoolers to go along with this book. I used some of the clip art cut-outs to make magnet characters for a cookie sheet, so that the little kids were able to act out the story as we read it.
- Snow Tracks by Jean Craighead George. This is a charming book to introduce your children to animal tracks.
We watched a couple of shows as well:
- Wild Kratts:
- “The Snow Runners”
- “Groundhog Wakeup Call”
- Journey to the Subnivean Zone”
- Magic School Bus
- “Goes Upstream”
Although I mentioned some of the printables we used above, I also had some additional activities and experiments we did that I wanted to list out:
- We completed a hibernation science experiment that I blogged about last month.
- We made a mini book about where animals hibernate
- We made our own brown bear and polar bear paintings
- We made bear caves out of graham crackers, frosting and teddy grahams
- I also made an animal tracks twister game that we still play from time to time
- We also made our own bear cave/fort out of blankets
This is a study that we had a lot of fun with and I feel pretty certain that we will revisit at some point during Monkey and Owlet’s early elementary years because, as much as we did, we barely scratched the surface of things that we could do and explore during the month that we spent with bears and hibernation!