To do: Look for signs of animals getting ready for winter. Have a conversation about habits like storing food or hibernating.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: A walk around the park, or a quiet place to observe your back yard.
On your next park visit, or in your own back yard, look for animals like squirrels, birds, and rabbits getting ready for winter.
Search hollows in trees where animals might collect their winter food. Look on the ground for acorns or seeds that animals collect. Next, wait quietly nearby to see if an industrious squirrel comes to grab the food!
Some animals, like squirrels and birds, survive the winter with this food supply. Other animals, like bears and some frogs, don’t need food in the winter because they hibernate, or basically sleep all winter.
Have a conversation with your child about these animals survival tactics!
The animals will eat from their ‘pantry’ all winter long, and look forward to spring when they will have fresh food again! What foods do you look forward to eating in the winter?
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