Winter Animals Family Activity Guide

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.

— John Burroughs

As a mom, I have realized how important my words and my attitude are for my kids. They see EVERYTHING as a good and perfect gift! Most of the time, their “negative Nancy” perspective is a direct reflection of my own bad attitude. And so–my desire to raise optimistic, happy kids has caused me to choose my words carefully. If I LOVE something and talk about it as a treat, they often will, too!

Personally, I think winter gets kind of a bad rap. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the middle of Texas and didn’t experience snow for the first time until adulthood, but I think winter is magical. Who doesn’t love snuggling up under a warm blanket with a cup of cocoa and watching snow fall silently to the ground?

As a teacher and homeschooling mom, I love letting the seasons guide our learning journey. The arrival of cold weather means we can study how animals survive the long months:

  • What do the animals eat?
  • How do they prepare their homes for winter?
  • Do bears really hibernate? (The answer to this one may surprise you.)

We can observe the animals from our windows, see the squirrels frolic in the bare trees and follow the tracks in the freshly-fallen snow to see exactly who visits our yard while we are sleeping. We can pore over good books to discover new facts about polar bears and the arctic fox. On cold winter days, we can set up fun science experiments to see how animals keep warm.

40 Fun Hands-On Winter Animals Activities for Kids

If you are new to doing preschool at home with your child, you might be looking for lesson plans for the month. We all know that young children learn best through hands-on learning activities! Teach your toddlers and preschoolers about winter animals with these 40 fun activities for kids, including sensory play, crafts, STEM, and more.

Here at Rolling Prairie Readers, we are passionate about helping young children learn through play! We know that Pinterest can be overwhelming for busy moms, which is why we’ve created our themed Family Activity Guides. With just one click of the button, you can have our guide emailed to you, with recommended books for your next library trip and a master list of materials (most items are already in your house!).


  • Experience learning through play together
  • Skip the Pinterest scroll 
  • Know that each lesson is designed by an experienced, trained early education expert
  • Mix, match, and customize your early learning experience

As a former classroom teacher, I have been putting together unit studies for years! I love finding hands-on activities that families can do with minimal preparation and NO worksheets. Children learn best through discovery and play, and these winter animals activities will help you all have fun learning together! 

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