Winter Animals Activities plus a FREEBIE!

Our first week of school in the new year got off to a great start with a theme on Winter Animals! We began the week by discussing Hibernating Animals.  On Monday, we read the book “Winter Lullaby” by Barbara Seuling and learned how different animals hibernate through the winter. Then we put together “My Winter Lullaby” booklet…



We then did an experiment about hot and cold and how Winter Animals react to them. I filled two bins with water, one hot and one cold. I gave each student two bear cutouts and told them to crumple each one tight.Winter Animals Hibernation Experiment 1

Then I had them hold their crumpled bears above the bins – one over the cold water and one over the hot water – and told them to drop them in.Winter Animals Hibernation Experiment 2


The crumpled bear in the cold water will be slow to absorb the water  and “sleep” like it’s Winter. The other bear in hot water will absorb the water faster and “wake up” like it’s Spring.Winter Animals Hibernation Experiment 3


On Tuesday, we studied the Inuit people of the Arctic. We read “Mama, Do You Love Me?” by Barbara Joose. The illustrations are so beautiful plus there are many references to the Inuit way of life in the book.


For this lesson, we made Inuit children based on ourselves:

Winter Animals - Winter Buddies Craft

And here is our bulletin board:

Winter Animals - Winter Buddies Bulletin Board

On Wednesday, we concentrated on Circles and the letter W for Winter. First we reviewed Circles using the circle pages from the 2D SHAPES Unit in my KEY TO KINDERS TPT Store.

Winter Animals Shapes Printables - Circle

Here’s one of our finished circle piggies:

Winter Animals - Shapes Printables - Circle Craft

In the second part of our day, we concentrated on the letter W by practicing how to write and recognize W using the ABC PRACTICE PAGES  from my KEY TO KINDERS TPT Store:

ABC Printables - Letter W
ABC Printable Pack - TPT

After our W practice, we brainstormed a Winter Acrostic Poem:

Winter Animals - Winter Acrostic Poem

Click HERE for this FREEBIE Worksheet:

Winter Acrostic Poem

On Thursday, we focused our Winter Animals unit on Polar Bears and made this cute craft:

Winter Animals - Polar Bear Craft

The snout is an individual fruit cup container that I spray painted white (or you can have the children paint it with acrylic paint) or you can use a small white paper or styrofoam cup. The children crumpled up white tissue paper squares and glued to a paper plate. The ears were circles cut from black and white card stock I then hot-glued the ears, snout and nose to the plate to finish. Very easy, very cute and makes a great hanging craft!

Finally on Friday we learned what it felt like to be an Arctic animal with blubber. I tied two pillows around the middle of the students and had them perform various tasks like tie their shoes and lay down to sleep. They had a ball!

Winter Animals Blubber Experiment

Afterwards, we colored our Arctic Animal bingo boards and glued them together before playing the game.

WInter Animals Bingo

Sheesh! We had a busy week! Hope you can use some of these ideas for your own classroom!



A Quick Christmas Tree Craft

Do you have a full class and not much time to help them make a Christmas craft? Here’s a quick and colorful craft they can finish (mostly) on their own!

Today our class made covers for our Christmas Show programs. I came up with this idea using a Christmas tree stencil.


First, I drew a Christmas tree on construction paper and cut it out (from the middle of the paper). Next, I cut strips of different colored tissue paper (about 3/4 to 1 inch wide and about 7 inches long). From clear Contac paper, I cut a piece large enough to cover the tree, then unpeeled the protective layer to reveal the sticky side.


My students laid different strips of tissue paper across the sticky side (I trimmed the ragged ends on either side of their paper afterwards). They then glued (glue stick or school glue, your choice) their Christmas tree cutout on top of the tissue side of the Contac paper. On top of the tree, they glued a star punched out from old Christmas wrapping. On the bottom they added a rectangle piece of brown tissue paper. Et voila! A quick Christmas tree craft, both colorful and seasonal!