My children love animals and love learning about animals in our homeschool studies. We find ourselves constantly reading books and stories about animals and learning about them in science. We also like to do lots of animal themed nature studies and incorporate literature books that are about animals.
When you are teaching your children about animals, they will not only learn about the type and kind of animal, they will learn about where they live. An animal’s home is called their habitat. Learning about animal homes is so much fun! This is something that you can do with all ages.
If you have small children, you can read books about animal homes. You can use free worksheets and printables to reinforce the concepts of where an animal lives. Take a field trip to nature centers, parks, and zoos to see examples of different animal habitats. This can expand into more detailed unit studies or animal habitat research and report projects for your older children.
Here are some animal habitat printables broken down by habitat to help you get started on your very own animal habitat study with your children:
Squirrels and their Habitats Unit Study and Lapbook Printables – Homeschool Helper Online
Forest Friends Kindergarten Kit – Homeschool Share
Woodland Animal Scavenger Hunt Game – B Nute Productions
I love all of these Woodland Animal themed printables from In All You Do:
Desert Animals 3 Part Cards – Welcome to Mommyhood
Desert Animals Unit Study and Lapbook – Homeschool Share
Desert Animal Home Cut, Sort and Paste Activity – No Stress Homeschooling
Desert Animal Printable Packet – Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
Printable Desert Animals File Folder Game – Itsy Bitsy Fun
Who Belongs in the Desert Coloring Worksheet – Education.com
Animals of the Frozen Lands Printable Pack – Large Family Table
Arctic Animals Worksheets for Kids – 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Polar Animals Fact Sheets and Games – In the Playroom
Tundra Animal Worksheet and Wordsearch – Education.com
Printable Savannah Animals File Folder Game – Itsy Bitsy Fun
Grassland Ecosystem Worksheet and Wordsearch – Education.com
Printable African Animal Cards – Welcome to Mommyhood
Ponds and River Animals:
Color the Freshwater Habitat – Education.com
Freshwater Animal Habitat Printables – Enchanted Learning
Wetlands Printable Learning Pages – Living Worlds Apart
Pond Life Preschool Pack – Homeschool Creations
We love these Outdoor Hour Challenges from Handbook of Nature Study:
Pond Nature Study and Notebooking Page
Dragonflies and Damselflies Study and Notebooking Page
Pond Study Fish and Insects
Turtles and Duckweed Nature Study
Geese and Ducks Nature Study
Printable Ocean Animals File Folder Game – Itsy Bitsy Fun
Ocean Unit Study Worksheet and Printables – The Happy Housewife
Animal Habitats Ocean Worksheet – Education.com
Connections: Oceans Unit Study Printables – Homeschool Share
Coral Reef Unit Study and Lapbook – Homeschool Share
Recommended Resource: Ocean Notebook – Companion to Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman
In the Ocean Notebook, students will use a combination of written narration, drawing, and labeling alongside Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman to learn all about life in the ocean, layers of the ocean, the ocean floor, coral reefs, tide pools, and much more.
FREE Types of Whales Matching Game – this printable game is a great way to introduce your elementary students to twelve different types of whales.
Annette has written a post that goes deeper into what a habitat is and how to study the different landforms and habitats that make up our world. There are tons of free resources included as well:
Resources for Studying Landforms and Habitats of the World
These are our favorite books for learning about animal habitats:
Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal HabitatsCreatures of the Desert WorldI See a Kookaburra!: Discovering Animal Habitats Around the WorldWhat Animals Live in the Desert? Animal Book 4-6 Years Old | Children’s Animal BooksGrasslands! – Animal Habitats for Kids! Environment Where Wildlife Lives for Kids – Children’s Environment BooksAbout Habitats: WetlandsAnimals of the Serengeti | Wildlife of East Africa | Encyclopedias for ChildrenOver in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou StoryAll About Wetlands (Habitats)Arctic Animals (Who’s That?)The Arctic Habitat (Introducing Habitats)
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!