Looking for something to do while you cozy up inside this winter? Try this low-prep animals in winter game and easy winter scavenger hunt activity!
This super simple activity is a great way to get kids moving and thinking indoors!
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If you’re stuck inside with your kids this winter, you’re probably searching for something new to do together.
I think you’ll love this winter animals activity!
Winter animals are so diverse and impressive!
For some inspiration, check out this fun Arctic animals list.
Scavenger hunts aren’t just for outdoors, you can have a lot of fun indoors in the winter as well. It’s just the thing to keep kids busy on a cold day.
This winter animal game puts a new spin on your classic scavenger hunt activity, and you can do it inside, out of the cold!
For This Animals in Winter Activity, You’ll Need:
- Books, websites, or photos of winter animals
- (Optional: timer)
Winter Animals Activity: Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Gather Your Animals
First, gather a collection of winter animals.
You’ll need good photos or illustrations of each animal.
It doesn’t matter which animals you choose, just make sure they’re all winter or cold-weather loving animals for this activity!
- Mark pages in an animal book, either non-fiction or fiction.
- Have a few websites pulled up on your device.
- Use illustrations from flashcards.
- Use photos from your own personal collection.
- Grab Christmas cards from this year or past years
Get set up on “home base” with your collection of animals in winter photos and illustrations.
Gather the kids, and get ready for the winter scavenger hunt!
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Go On an Indoor Winter Animal Scavenger Hunt!
To begin the activity show the kids one winter animal at a time.
Their job is to hunt around the house for something that matches the animal.
You can make your own rules, but a good place to start is:
- Find something that matches the animal’s color.
- OR, Find something that matches the first letter sound in the animal’s name.
For example, if I show a photo of a polar bear, by kids will race to find something that is white OR something that also starts with the letter “P” sound.
For a red winter cardinal, we found matching red measuring cups on our indoor scavenger hunt!
And for a narwhal, which lives in the cold Arctic ocean, we found a necklace to match the letter sound.
You can make this winter animals activity as competitive as you want!
Keep score and see who racks up the most matched items, or go for a speed round to see who can find the most items in a set time frame.
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Wrap Up Your Winter Animals Activity
When you’re done with the scavenger hunt activity, it’s a great idea to spend a few minutes talking about the winter animals.
- What features do they have in common?
- Where do they live on the globe?
- What’s unique about each winter animal?
Have fun discovering winter animals together!
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What are you favorite winter games to play as a family? We hope you enjoy this fun winter animals activity and scavenger hunt!
Be sure to share your ideas with us in the comments below!