Hibernation Activities for Preschoolers

After we explore snow and ice, we start finding hibernation activities for preschoolers. We learn what animals do during the winter, that bears sleep a lot in caves. We also tie this in with our day and night theme, having a pajama day. I’ve put together this collection of hibernation activities, crafts, snacks, songs and books that you can use in your preschool classroom or homeschool.


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Ideas for the Hibernation Theme

Ideas for the Hibernation Theme


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Hibernation Activities for Preschoolers


  1. Make stuffed bears and tuck them into bed for the winter.
  2. Turn your dramatic play area into a bear’s den.
  3. After making a hibernation sensory bag, manipulate the animals to find places they can hibernate. (School Time Snippets)
  4. Print off the free pattern to make a paper bag skunk. (I Heart Crafty Things)
  5. After reading “Every Autumn Comes the Bear“, make a cave from a paper plate. (Almost Unschoolers)
  6. Create a large cave for kids to crawl into and pretend to hibernate. (Raising Cajuns)
  7. Strengthen math skills while playing this bear more or less game. (Pre-K Pages)
  8. Invite the children to make yummy snacks that go with the hibernation theme. (Preschool Plan-It)
  9. Trillium Montessori shares many hibernating activities for kids. (I love their unit studies shelf!)
  10. After making bear caves, you can turn them into a letter recognition game. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
  11. Learn about how bats hibernate and then download this printable for a fun craft. (Learn~Create~Love)
  12. Welcome to Mommyhood in Holland shares ideas for a hibernation activity shelf.
  13. Explore hibernation with this hedgehog hibernation basket. (The Imagination Tree)
  14. Download one of these bear printables for a fine motor activity. (Totally Tots)
  15. Sing one of these hibernation songs. (Fun 4 Kids)

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Hibernation Theme Ideas

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