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The weather here has definitely switched from fall to winter even if the calendar hasn’t. As children bundle up to go outside it’s a great time to talk about animals that don’t need to bundle up. Learning about arctic animals is a fun activity to welcome winter and simple sorting activities are quick to set up, but still offer lots of learning.

What You Will Need

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  • some toy animals
  • a cookie tray
  • masking tape
  • a marker

How to Set it Up

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  • Start by taping off two sections on the cookie tray.
  • Write “Arctic” and “Not Arctic” on the tape.
  • Place the animals in the bowl.


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If your child needs help while sorting, try these prompts:

  • Does that animal look like it would be warm in cold weather?
  • Does that animal have fur that would be camouflaged in snow?
  • Does that animal have lots of fat called blubber to keep them warm in cold water?
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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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