Little Learners: Homes and Habitats

Do you know where rabbits live? What about bees? Explore homes and habitats in this week's books and activities! 

#READ: Welcome to My House by Gaia Stella 

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First words are everywhere you look, especially in a house! This visually striking picture book catalogs an impressive array of household items, naming the delightful miscellany that comprises a life. 

Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together: 

  • Read the name of the room where various items are found, say the name of an item, then ask you little one to repeat the word. 
  • Identify items from the book that can be found in your home. Encourage your little reader to search for the same items at home. When the item is found, ask them to say its name aloud.
  • Ask your little one about colors of various items in the book. 

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#SING: Home Sweet Home

A nest is a home for a robin

A hive is a home for a bee  

A hole is a home for a rabbit  

And these are all homes you see

#EXPLORE: Which Habitat is That?

Animal Habitats

Ways to explore

  • For adventures in the sea, fill a clear plastic bin with water and plastic fish, turtles, or other sea creatures. Explore the ocean while pretending to swim along.
  • To roam the desert, fill a clear plastic bin with sand or cornmeal and either pictures or plastic figures of cacti, lizards, and camels. Make prints in the sand with your fingers or your hand. 
  • Pretend to walk with arctic animals when you fill a clear plastic bin with artificial snow (See ingredients and instructions below). Use two fingers to waddle on ice like penguins or walk like polar bears. 

Artificial Snow

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups baking soda 
  • ½ cup white hair conditioner 
  • Mixing bowl 
  • Spoon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix baking soda and conditioner in a bowl with your fingers or a spoon until relatively firm.

The activities above were adapted from some found in 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, which is available to check out from the Jacksonville Public Library.

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#KEEP READING: Read more about different homes and habitats in these books! 

 

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