“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” – Jim Fowler
3rd March has been declared as World Wildlife Day by the UN General Assembly, in an attempt to raise awareness about the world’s animal and plant life.
This year, the theme of this day is – “Listen to the Young Voices”.
The idea is to encourage young people around the world to unite and tackle the biggest challenges to wildlife. And as with everything, the best way to begin is to start with the young people in our homes.
We have put together a list of easy wildlife activity ideas for kids of all ages, which are simple to put together. These encourage learning about wildlife, their habitats and how human interference can affect the natural cycle of things.
Tip: We recommend doing a bit of introductory reading before getting into each activity. This will encourage more questions from the children and take the learning process forward.
10 Wildlife Theme Activities For Kids To Do At Home
If your kids are not in the mood for complex projects, then this project from Green Kid Crafts is perfect!
All you need are colored sponges and cardboard to make the animal track stamps.
Research with your kids and find out how different animals make different footprints, the shape of each animal’s foot & how it helps in its survival.
As Moms, we often wonder if kids are a certain species all by themselves – after all, they also prone to biting, scratching and howling! Let them get some movement in it too with this fun wildlife movement dice from Mother Natured. Just download, print, fold and stick and you’re all set for a game that’s bound to have the family in splits!
There’s nothing like hands on learning to really understand concepts, especially when it comes to learning about the world around us. This beaver habitat activity from Natural Beach Living is great for young kids to learn about habitats. This is also a good opportunity to kick start a conversation about how humans are affecting the habitats of other creatures.
You can’t learn about wildlife without learning about the food chain! This stacking cups activity from E is for Explore is a genius idea to understand the concept of a food chain. Discuss with the kids what would happen if one of the cups, i.e. animals, were to disappear. How would it affect the entire chain?
No, this isn’t about sending your preschooler off to a long nap, although I know it can be tempting when they’re acting out! Teaching Mama has a lot of fun hibernation activities that include books, crafts and even setting up your own hibernation hideout! Download the free printable of hibernation sort cards that’s sure to make a fun game with the little ones!
Whether you have Duplo blocks or Lego blocks, this Lego activity is a must try! With basic bricks, you can build many forest animals and birds – giraffe, ostrich, camel, snake and more! The sky really is the limit here, and you can come up with several more ideas of your own!
7. Insect Hotel
Yes, why not give the creepy crawlies in our neighborhood some five star accommodation? You can, with this insect hotel activity from Babble Dabble Do! All you need is a wooden box and lots of stuff from the outdoors. With these, you can build a fun science activity that’ll also give your bugs a nice place to relax. This is an excellent opportunity for kids to observe bugs move about their daily lives – just be careful of getting bitten!
If you have tiny ones at home who’re just starting to learn about wild animals, then these printable animal crowns are perfect. You can turn it into a game. Put a crown on a kid’s head, but don’t tell him what animal it is. Let him ask questions to identify the animal, and the others reply only in monosyllables. Continue till the correct animal is guessed!
Sensory bins are often recommended as a quite time activity, but this jungle sensory bin from Fun Projects for Your Kids is also great for learning! This incredibly detailed sensory bin uses many natural materials, giving it a beautifully realistic look. You can improvise and add your own materials to customize the various elements – trees, grass, river and rocks. The animals look right at home in this bin!
When we were kids, a tiger was just another wild animal. It was there in many places and you could easily visit a zoo to see one. We never imagined that by the time we grew up and had kids of our own, the tiger would be classified as an endangered animal.
And it’s not just about tigers, it’s about wildlife in general, threatened by human activities like deforestation, poaching, and industrialization.
While learning about wildlife is fun, it is equally important to learn about how human actions are impacting their world. This oil spill activity from education talks about a real danger of our times – oil spills, which cause immense damage to water and wildlife.
This is why it’s very important to start educating our young ones about wildlife and their habitats, and these wildlife activity ideas for kids should help.