This week, both preschool classrooms learned about how animals use camouflage and other adaptations to survive. We had some fun materials in our classroom. We had pelts from real animals that were on loan from the Department of Natural Resources! Students were able to feel the animal pelts. We also did some measuring and comparing. We looked at pelts from a coyote, skunk, squirrel, mink, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, and white tailed deer. The preschoolers love anytime that their learning is hands-on and this was definitely a hands-on experience. While some were exploring the pelts, others drew pictures of animals and then colored a background for the animal so that it would be camouflaged. For example, if the animal was blue, the background needed to be blue so that animal would be camouflaged. We had so much fun!
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.