To do: Speak with your child about hibernation then build a blanket fort to practice!
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Blankets, conversation
Winter is coming, and some animals are preparing to hibernate the entire cold season! Does your child know what hibernation means, and would you like to practice? Let’s get started!
One definition of hibernation is “a state of inactivity and metabolic depression…that is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing and heart rate, and low metabolic rate.”
In other words, hibernating animals don’t do much, or are inactive, and don’t have to eat as much because their metabolism slows down. Common animals that hibernate are bears, skunks, hedgehogs, squirrels, and bats.
Today, practice hibernating in a cave of your own making, a.k.a a blanket fort! Set up a few chairs or a table, create a little den, and pretend you’re a bear in the wintertime.
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