Animal Homes

  • box (large, to keep building materials in);
  • everyday building materials: blocks, cardboard boxes, tubes, and sheets;
  • fabric pieces
  • plastic containers and bottles
  • sticks
  • stones
  • string
  • yarn

Animal Homes

© Anna Fort

Explore different animal homes together. Discover how animals use materials from their environment to build their homes. Learn about how animals build homes to meet their particular needs.

Take a walk in the woods or look at books, magazines, or Internet sites that feature animals and their homes, such as Animals at Home by David Lock.

Here are a few ideas to talk about:

  • What materials animals use to build their homes. (What does a beaver use to build its home? What does the bird use?)
  • Where animals build their homes. (I wonder why many birds build their nests up high instead of on the ground.)
  • How different homes meet the needs of different animals. (Why does a tunnel underground make a good home for a worm? Why doesn’t an elephant build and live in a bird’s nest?)

Have your child choose one of the animals you read about or a favorite animal. Plan and build a house for the animal.

  • Collect everyday building materials. (see materials list)
  • Talk about the materials found in the animal’s environment and the animal’s characteristics. Where does the animal live? What size is the animal? Does it have wings?
  • Then use your building materials and build the animal a home together.

Media Connection: Watch a video about a bear and his winter home in the Between the Lions clip “A Bear Snores On.”

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