Animal Homes for Kids
One early math (and literacy) skill we can encourage is the ability to match and classify objects. Being able to match and classify means that children are learning to describe relationships between objects, places or people. Sometimes it means looking closely to determine whether something IS a match, or it might mean deciding why something is NOT a match.
For example, an elephant is big and doesn’t have wings so it’s going to need some space and it won’t be able to live in the sky. Even if a child has never seen an elephant before or has never read a picture book with an elephant in it, they’ll still be able to reason this out (unless they’re thinking of Dumbo)!
Much of our future knowledge is based on prior knowledge which is why reading to young children is so important. It’s stories like The Ugly Duckling that teach children how much ducks like ponds!
Sometimes our ability to match and classify needs prior knowledge. For example, if we look at a crab we could assume it might like the desert because it’s got everything it needs to dig awesome holes. So, this is when real life experiences, books and discussions become important. While there might be crabs in deserts (I’m not a desert expert), hanging out around the rock pools at the beach seems much more likely!
Animals and their Homes for Kindergarten
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love this low prep animal activity for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergartners, first grade, and 2nd grade students. This is perfect for a science center, summer learning, extra practice, activitiy for students who finish quickly, and enrichment for your current science curriculum.
Animals and their Homes
Now find some little pegs, paper clips, clothespins, or other small objects for students to mark their answers and you are ready to play!
Printable Pictures of Animals and their Homes
This fun activty is better than a animals and their homes worksheetsb, because it is in color and is reusable!
Ask your child to look at the animal and the 3 habitat options. Have them name the animal (they might need help) and chat about what the animal looks like and how well they might be able to survive in the different habitats.
Now mark the habitat your child believes is best suited to the animal. If any questions get raised, do an internet search if possible to encourage your child to look for answers to their own questions.
- duck lives in the pond
- butterfly lives among bushes and flowers
- crab lives in the ocean
- camel lives in the desert
- alligator lives in the swamp
- fish lives in the ocean
- frog lives in the pond
- cow lives in the pasture fields
- bear lives in a cave
- jellyfish lives in the ocean
- elphant lives in the savannah or grassland
- ram lives on the mountain / cliff
Matching Animals to their Habitats
Use this as a springboard to learn more about animals for kids:
- look them up on national geographic
- read a nonfiction book from the library
- visit the animal at the zoo (take one of our zoo scavenger hunts to make it extra fun and educational)
- write an animal report
Animal Habitats for Kids
Looking for more free printable, fun and hands on ways for kids to learn about animal habitats? Check out these free resources:
Habitat Adventure game to help K-6th graders learn about various animal habitats / biomes around the world and lots of beautiful animals.
- Forest Habitat Sensory Bin
- Bugs Theme – with more than a weeks worth of educational activities for kids of all ages
- Ocean Theme – have fun learning math, science and more with an under the sea theme all week
- Silly Animal Puzzles & Habitats Printable Activity
- Animal Habitats Worksheets with circle stickers
- Biome Coloring Pages for kids
- Woodland Animals Theme Worksheets
- Desert Animals Theme Worksheets
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