With winter approaching, children are starting to observe animals, changes in weather, and birds migrating to warmer places. I love setting up Montessori hibernation activities during the late fall or early winter. Today, I want to take a deep look at our Animals that Hibernate – Montessori printables set and show hands-on ways that we have studied hibernation.
Montessori Hibernation Activities for Kids
Age: 4+ Many of these activities are designed for older children, but there are some 4 year olds that will be able to work on these. You know your students and children best.
Animals that Hibernate
First, I introduced the important terminology. There are different degrees of hibernation – some animals torpor and others fully hibernate. We used vocabulary cards, posters, and the image cards from the 3 part cards included in this materials set. After reading the cards and discussing the definitions with Y, we created a sorting work using the image cards. I asked him to sort the cards based on whether the animal hibernates or torpors. The posters were used to check Y’s work.
Then, we discussed which animals hibernate. We used 3 part cards with real images of animals to commit to memory the animals that do.
The 3 part cards come with an additional set of information cards per animal. These share simple facts about each animal that children find interesting,
For an interesting challenge, I also created a “Guess who I am?” matching work. Here, I read the clues to Y, and he had to find the card.
Y is currently pretty interested in writing. I made some writing cards for the names of some of the animals. To present this work, keep it simple. I swap the red mat used for photography purposes here for a tray when I put it out on our shelves.
You can also practice beginning sounds with these materials. There is a beginning sound printable included!
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An even more challenging work involved is this singular-plural matching set. You can match the animals or the written words.
To present this work, I keep the different sides in separate bowls, on a tray.
There are also several math materials in this set. They get progressively more difficult. Initially, there is a counting activity in the form of 3 part cards.
I keep the presentation simple, as always. We use our custom 3 part cards tray (my husband made these for us).
However, you can also use these 3 part cards as counters. Match them to Montessori beads, or sandpaper numbers to make sure children really understand number quantity and number order.
I really like to include materials like this in my printables because we can use them in multiple ways!
After children really understand number quantity and number order, you can start working on simple addition. Here is an example of one of the ways we have practiced addition using Montessori beads and simple addition strips.
For Y, seeing the quantities in such a concrete way really helped him to catch on so fast! He was adding after one lesson!
One more example of math work in this bundle is this introductory graphing activity. You can use a larger spinner for this work, or use the one on the page itself. The idea is that the child spins the arrow and graphs the animal it lands on. Children can take turns or you can limit the quantity of times they should spin.
I couldn’t help but add a cutting work. This one is more complicated than the strips I normally provide. This bundle is intended for older children, however, and I wanted to include a challenge – something that really asks children to focus and work accurately. For Y, works like these really require patience.
After cutting out the animals and the locations where they hibernate, children can glue the animals onto their homes. I really like works like this added to the traditional categories. Nowadays, we see a decline in fine motor skills amongst young children due to the rising use of gadgets, such as phones and tablets. Activities like this help to develop muscles in the hands. This, in turn, makes it easier for children to properly grasp a pencil (and hence to write).
Even though this post is finished, I will ask you to have a deeper look at this bundle! There is so much more there than what I have shared! This is just a small overview!
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I hope you have a fabulous day!