Looking for Animal Homes in the Ground
Some animals make their homes in trees and some make their homes in the ground. For example, the groundhog makes his home in the ground. Take a walk and look for animal burrows.
What to do:
- Take a walk with your child and look for animal homes in the ground.
- As you walk, discuss where a groundhog lives. Groundhogs live in deep burrows with several compartments (rooms). Usually these burrows are found on the edge of wooded areas.
- Encourage your child to look for rather large holes. Remind him not to stick hands or feet inside the holes.
- Also remind him that animal homes should not be disturbed.
- A rabbit is another animal that burrows.
- Rabbit homes are called warrens; they have many rooms and more than one entrance.
- Moles live underground. Look for ridges on the surface of the ground. This is evidence that moles have been constructing their burrows in the area.
- Look for gnaw marks on trees and bushes. This is more evidence that animals have been in the area. Talk about what you see and enjoy these special outdoor moments together.
Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.
- How would you like to live under the ground in a burrow?
- What other kinds of homes do animals build?
- Can you find some animal homes in the ground? In the trees?
While you are having fun together, this activity provides experiences for developing concepts related to animals and their lifestyles.