Free Hibernation Activities

It is snowing & cold here today which is making us want to stay in and hibernate so I thought I would post some favorite hibernation classroom activities, games, books, songs, and crafts.

Free Hibernation Songs, Games, and Craft Project

Pajama Day

A great way to culminate your unit on hibernation is to have a Pajama Day!  Children (and teachers) wear their pajamas to school and bring their favorite teddy bear.  Suggested activities for the day are below:

Bear Caves

Create “bear caves” in the room by draping large blankets over tables and chairs.  Students can place their teddy bears in the caves to pretend they are hibernating.

Hibernation Craft

In advance, for each student fold a paper plate in half and staple together along the edges.  Cut an opening in one side to resemble the opening of a cave.  Copy the sleeping bear pattern below.

Have the students color or paint their bear cave black.  Give each child a copy of the sleeping bear and have them color and cut it out.  Students glue their sleeping bears inside the cave.  Cotton can be glued on the top to resemble snow.  See picture below:

Bear Cave craft

hibernation craft

Sleeping bear pattern

hibernation pattern sleeping bear

Hibernation Games

Hibernation Game

Played similar to musical chairs but carpet squares are used instead of chairs.  Explain to the children that while the music is playing the animals(them) are awake and looking for food. When the music stops it is winter and time to find a spot to sleep (carpet square). As the days go on and the children know more animals you can ask them what animal they are when they sleep.

Who Woke the Sleeping Bear?

Have all the children sit in a circle. One child will sit in the middle and pretend to sleep all curled up like a bear hibernating. Make sure their eyes stay closed!

Pick a child and have them sneak up and touch the bear then quickly return to their spot in the circle. Then everyone in the circle says WAKE UP SLEEPY BEAR! WAKE UP! and the child will then sit up and have to guess who woke them up. Let them guess 3 times. You can vary the game by letting them ask 3 questions such as Was it a boy? Do they have on a red shirt?

Favorite Hibernation Books


Bear Snores On (The Bear Books)
A host of animals find their way into bear’s cave to escape the cold winter as he sleeps.


Hibernation (Patterns in Nature series)
Simple text and photographs introduce hibernation and how some animals prepare for and experience hibernation each year.


Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!
Old Man Winter is trying to tell Big Bear “Sleep, Big Bear, sleep” because it is time for him to hibernate but Big Bear doesn’t hear too well. He thinks Old Man Winter has told him to drive a jeep, to sweep, and to leap.


Scholastic Reader Level 2: Hibernation
Students learn about all the different animals that hibernate and how they prepare for hibernation.


Hibernation Station
Introduces students to different types of hibernating animals with rhyming text.


Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)
Tells how animals cope with winter’s harsh weather (includes hibernation and migration).


Why Do Animals Hibernate? (Infomax Common Core Readers)
Explains why some kinds of animals hibernate when the weather gets cold, and shows where different animals hibernate and how they prepare for winter.


Time to Sleep (An Owlet Book)
It’s time for a long winter nap. But just like your students might do every night, these animals keep busy trying to stay up just a little bit longer.


National Geographic Readers: Sleep, Bear!
Follow a bear cub and its family as they prepare to hibernate for the winter. Also includes learning activities.


Animal Hibernation (Learn about Animal Behavior)
Explains the amazing ways hibernating animals spend the winter.


A Bed For The Winter, Level 1: Beginning to Read
Story of a little dormouse and his frantic search for a safe place to hibernate.


The Animals’ Winter Sleep
This book shows how 13 North American animal species survive the winter. They do not all hibernate but I love the illustrations and the additional activities included.

Hibernation Songs

Bear is Sleeping (sung to Frere Jacques)

Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping,

Let it snow! Let it snow!

Sleeping all the winter, sleeping all the winter,

Snug and warm. Snug and warm.

Hibernation Song (sung to Frere Jacques)

Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping,

In a cave, in a cave.

I wonder when he’ll come out,

I wonder when he’ll come out,

In the spring, in the spring.

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt

(Leader)

We’re going on a bear hunt!

(Group)

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

I’m not afraid!

I’m not afraid!

Are you?

Are you?

Not me!

Not me!

Here comes the gate

” ” (Group Echos)

Now we’re on a bear hunt ” ”

We’re gonna catch a big one ” ”

I’m not afraid ” ”

Are you? ” ” Not me! ” ”

We’re coming to a tall mountain ” ”

It sure is high ” ”

It sure is wide ” ”

Let’s climb up it ” ”

Well, there’s nothing over there ” ”

Nothing over there ” ”

Nothing back there ” ”

Hey! Wait! I think I see something

Quick! Everybody run down!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

I’m not afraid!

I’m not afraid!

Are you?

Are you?

Not me!

Not me!

We’re going thru the tall grass ” ”

We’re going thru the short grass ” ”

Hey! Look! There’s a little tree ” ”

Well, let’s shinny on up it

Whoa! It gets a little skinny up here at the top

See anything over that way? ” ”

Anything over that way?, Uh, oh!,

Oh, no! Whoa! Agh! let’s get down!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

I’m not afraid!

I’m not afraid!

Are you?

Are you?

Not me!

Not me!

Oh, no! ” ”

It’s a big puddle of mud ” ”

Can’t go around it ” ”

Gotta go right thru it ” ”

Yeuk! ” ”

Well, let’s go.

Squish, Sqwish, Blaaahh.

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

I’m not afraid!

I’m not afraid!

Are you?

Are you?

Not me!

Not me!

We’re coming to a wide river ” ”

And there’s no bridge going over it ” ”

No tunnel going under it ” ”

It’s just plain old water ” ”

And we’re gonna have to swim ” ”

All right, dive in!

Start swimming

Do the back stroke

Do the side stroke

Do the doggie paddle

Try the little cat paddle

OK Jump out, shake yourself off

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

We’re gonna catch a big one!

I’m not afraid!

I’m not afraid!

Are you?

Are you?

Not me!

Not me!

Shhh, it’s a cave ” ”

Looks like the kind of cave that B-bears live in ” ”

I don’t know if I want to go in there

You think we oughta go in?

Are you nuts?

There’s probably a bear in there

All right I’ll go in, You stay here,

And if I find a bear, I’ll come out and get you

And we’ll all go in and grab him together

Now, quiet, don’t make a sound while I’m in that cave,

Cuz if you wake him up, I’ll be in trouble

Bears are awful ornery when they first wake up, you know

OK, I’m going on in

Oooo, It’s dark in here

It’s really dark in here

I can’t see a thing

Agh, there’s spiders webs

Ooo, what was that???

What’s this??…. it’s soft, uh oh,it’s kind of fuzzy

Ahg!!!!!!!!! Run! Everybody run!!

I saw a bear!!!!

Jump in the water! Swim fast!!

Do the backstroke!

The sidestroke, the doggie paddle

Jump out of the water

Run through the mud!

Forget the tree!!

Go through the tall grass

The short grass

Quick! Go up the mountain

Down the other side

Go thru the gate

Into the house, under the bed

Under the pillow

Hide!!!!!

Uh, it’s awful quiet around here

I’m not afraid

I’m not afraid

Are you?

Are you

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