This week we shared stories about hibernation in storytime.

Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich

Hibernation by Margaret Hall

Mina’s White Canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee

Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

We did play-based activities that relate to the pattern of hibernation. First, animals must eat to build up fat stores, then they find a den or burrow, and hibernate for all or a part of the winter months. Finally, they emerge from their dens hungry and ready to find food. Kids made mouse nests with twigs, yarn and small cardboard boxes, played with flannel bears and mice and even acted out hibernation by curling up in cardboard “dens” after gathering play food.

Children are naturally curious about what animals do in the winter. Are they cold? Where do they sleep? You can find books at the library about migration and hibernation, as well as books about backyard wildlife to answer these questions.

Try an outing to the Audubon Society Nature Sanctuary or one of the THPRD Nature Play Areas.