Learning about Shelter - Preschool Activity
Healthy Habitat Activity 5
Objective: To learn about shelter.
You will need: an assortment of collage materials and a variety of "found" materials.
Take the children outdoors or to a window and ask them to look for animals. They might notice birds, cats, dogs, squirrels, insects, or other animals.
Ask the children:
Where do these animals live? (trees, water, land.)
Where do birds live?
Where do cats, dogs, and squirrels live?
Where do fish live?
Point out that some animals live in the trees, some on land, and some in water.
What kinds of homes do land animals live in? (holes in the ground, caves, grass, dog houses, people's homes.)
What kind of homes do fish have? (near rocks, on bottom.)
Have you ever seen a fish tank or a fish in a pond?
What things are there? (rocks, plants, other structures.)
What kinds of homes do birds have? (nests in trees or bushes, bird houses, etc.)
Have you ever seen a bird's nest?
What was it made of? (leaves, string, grass, feathers, straw, mud, twigs, etc.)
Using a variety of found objects and collage materials, allow the children to create bird nests. Depending on the size they make, ask them what kind of bird they think would live there.This is a sample activity from the Healthy Start, Health Education Program for Preschoolers