To do: Read “Over and Under the Snow” then draw underground tunnels.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Paper and pencils or crayons
Author Kate Messner brings to light an often overlooked world beneath the snow.
First, read “Over and Under the Snow” to learn about animals like mice and moles who depend on the layer between the snow and the ground to survive the cold winter temperatures!
Next, as an exercise for you and your child, grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Start by drawing a horizon line on top of the paper, then create your own underground world! Criss-cross tunnels and create dugouts where an animal might store its food for the winter.
Finally, on a nice winter day, spend some time outside sitting quietly. As the animals around you acclimate to your presence, do you see any tails or heads popping up? Try to track the animals you see to discover the entrances to their underground tunnels.
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