As promised, here is an awesome activity about animals hibernating in Winter! We have made some sensory bins for Preschoolers to reinforce all the learning we have been doing about animals that hibernate. You can get all of these resources at the end of this post. We will show you, in a hands-on and fun way, how to set up a hibernating habitat for those animals that hibernate in Winter.
Sensory Bins for Preschoolers
For Winter sensory bins, you will need:
- A few Toobs with animals that hibernate
- A tree Toob and use the evergreens and a few deciduous trees
- A square or rectangular tray
- About 2-3 lbs of white (bleached) flour (enough to fill the tray)
- Decorative glass beads in blue for water, brown for ground and green for small patches of grass or sea glass
- Toilet paper roll (for bear cave and for burrow)
- Paper towel roll (for raccoon tree trunk home)
- Scissors (for paper towel roll and toilet paper roll)
- Gallon-sized zip bag (to store flour when done)
Animals Hibernating in Winter
This is a great sensory bin setup for animals in Winter for Preschoolers, but if you want to make Winter sensory bins for toddlers that still mouth items or will try to eat the flour, then either keep a close eye on them (it wouldn’t be good for them to consume the flour and/or put the beads in their mouth) or use frosted cereal to resemble snowy ground.
Sensory Bin Ideas
Here are some ideas on how to set up your sensory bins for Preschool that will focus on animals that hibernate. We filled up our shallow square tray with flour. Then we designated a corner for the water and placed decorative beads (blue) there and some reddish/brownish beads to resemble some dirt around the water. You can also use sea glass if the pieces aren’t sharp or dangerous.
Winter Animals that Hibernate
For more sensory bins ideas, you can use the trees Toob to place them around the tray. We decided to use the two Maple trees because we decided that it was the beginning of Winter and the snow had just fallen on the ground. Since most of our animals are awake, that means they are still preparing to hibernate.
My preschooler had a great time playing around, pretending to help the animals find food to fill up before the deep sleep and she moved pieces around. To reinforce which animals hibernate, what it means to hibernate and more animals that hibernate facts, look below!
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You might also like:
How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter (HowScholastic Reader Level 2: HibernationHibernation (Patterns in Nature series)What Is Hibernation? (Science of Living Things)Hibernation StationHibernation (First Step Nonfiction (Paperback))