Collect the following materials:

  • Index Cards/ Cardboard
  • Tin Foil
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Cotton Balls
  • Toy Animals or Print off animal pictures 
  • Or any other materials that may be useful and crafty 

Read Story:

What to do:

  •  Use the hibernation chart to sort animals into two categories, hibernate or do not hibernate (for answers see below). 
  • Think about some of these questions, and discuss them with a friend or adult
    • Why do some animals hibernate and others not?
    • What does hibernation look like for bears? Do they sleep all winter or wake up intermittently?
    • Where do animals store their food or don’t when they hibernate? 
  • Create an animal home. 
    • Use materials listed above to create a home for the animals talked about in the story. 
    • Think about the story. Where would you find an animal home? 
    • Where would a bear or a bird sleep? 
  • Take a picture and share your creation on VINS facebook!

Caregiver Resources:


Do I Hibernate?


Contact education@vinsweb.org with questions or comments.