Art is such a powerful way for children to own information.  In science when we learn about an animal I try to find a way for the children to recreate that animal’s “habitat.”

I read and talked about some of the facts about the hibernating bears.  The children love creating these habitats.   It is a powerful way for children to talk about what they have learned.  They can also “play” with the habitats and re-enact what that animal does!
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To make the paper sack den cut off 2 1/2 to 3 inches of the brown bag.

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Cut a hole at the bottom of the bag.  This is the entry into the den.

Fold the top over and glue (or tape).

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This is the most important step!  Press the top down to flatten the top.  Then put your fingers inside the den and push the sides out a bit.  This gives it that den feeling!

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I let the children use their own drawing to make the bears, cubs, fish, or whatever else they decide to include.

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One student’s bear.

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The last step is to paint with snow!  To make snow paint – squirt shaving cream into a cup.  Squeeze a good dollop of glue into the cup, a small dollop of white paint and stir.

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Apply snow where desired!

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