If your children love wildlife and they’re asking lots of questions about them, especially questions about where they live, then this activity is perfect to build on their knowledge of animals and animal habitats.
You might like to start with a basic animal classification activity like this one and move onto this Animal Habitat Activity later. It’s always a good idea to ease into learning about more complex natural systems by understanding the animals themselves, first.
If your children are already quite knowledgeable about wildlife already, jump right into this one. Your kids will learn:
- That may wildlife live in specific habitats
- Some wildlife live in more than one habitat
- Many animals live together in habitats
Plus they’ll build scissor and fine motor skills too.
Introduce Animal Habitats
Firstly, it’s important you explain the different types of places that animals live and then ask them to give you examples of animals that may live in each:
Arboreal – live in trees
Terrestrial – live on the land
Aquatic – live in the water
Animal Habitat Activity
- Cut out some pictures of wildlife. All different types. We used magazines and old picture books
- Ask your children to draw the following on a page: tree, land, and water.
- If your children are old enough, ask them to label the sections terrestrial, aquatic and arboreal.
- Next, ask your children to glue the animals onto the habitat where they belong.
- While they are doing this you can walk around and ask them probing questions. The best animals to ask about are the animals that may live in two different habitats. It really gets the children thinking critically about the task. Once you’ve finished, they can display their finished in the classroom or on your wall at home.
Follow up activities:
I’d suggest asking your children to write in a journal and reflect on this activity.
- Which animals did they struggle with and why?
- What were some of the animal adaptations that were similar in each habitat (legs, feathers, scales)?
- What’s something new you learnt about an animal?