Conservation Kids

Activities, Stories and Science for Kids

Feeling stuck inside?  Why not bring the outdoors in and explore the exciting world of nature through crafts, experiments, games and stories?  Or take a look through your window, a step into your backyard or onto your balcony, or a stroll* through your neighbourhood to discover some signs of the season.

* In the context of this unique health situation, please practice safe physical and social distancing.

Choosing Your Adventure!

Choose the age grouping that best matches you! 

Early Years and Young Elementary

Middle and Older Elementary

Printable Colouring Pages

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Snowflake
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LYNDE SHORES CONSERVATION AREA

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Kid's Birding Checklist

Print and fold to create your birding pocket booklet for Lynde Shores Conservation Area.  How many birds can you identify?  How many of each can you find?  Please remember to only feed the songbirds only seeds and take home your extra seeds, because the birds are amazing at finding everything they need in nature!

Early Years and Young Elementary

 

STORYWALK: TALES ON THE TRAIL

Do you like walking and reading?  Then StoryWalk is for you.  Come to Enniskillen Conservation Area and find pages from the story of "Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree" posted along the Moorey Mill Trail.  This story was written by Naoko Stoop and is about a girl who lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. More than anything, she wants to meet the moon! 
Keep your eyes peeled for clues of the animal friends that live in our forest! 

 

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Partnering with Clarington Public Library 

A SNACK FOR YOU AND THE BIRDS

Make a biodegradable bird feeder by cutting an orange in half and eating the inside of the orange with a spoon.  Carve out the remaining bits to create a smooth bowl.  Poke three holes in the sides  around the top, tie a string through each hole and join the strings above the half orange. Fill with bird seed and hang from a tree.
Don't have oranges?  Create a bird feeder by recycling a plastic pop bottle with Ontario EcoSchools. 

Source: Ontario EcoSchools

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SHAPES IN NATURE

Make a shapes bracelet, then head outside!  What do you spy? 

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Find out how to make a Tangram Puzzle.  What winter nature can you create?

Source: Project Learning Tree

'MY SNAIL' SCAVENGER HUNT

Colour in your snail as you explore your neighbourhood.  What things are too hard to find in the winter?  Why?

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Source: Toronto District School Board, Outdoor Education Schools

WHO COOKS FOR YOU?

"Who cooks for you?  Who cooks for you all?" is the call of the Barred Owl.  Did you know owls' eyes are so large that if owls were the same size as people, their eyes would be the size of grapefruits!  Speaking of fruit, owls don't really have eye balls, their eyes are pear-shaped so they have to move their whole head if they want to look around. 
Can you make a call like the Barred Owl?  What do you spy with your owl eyes?  

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TRANSFORMERS

When is your birthday?  Most wild animals have their birthday in the spring!  Some baby animals look very similar to their parents (only cuter), while others are like transformers and go through big changes called metamorphosis. 

What do you think you will look like when you grow up?  Birds, butterflies and frogs all start as eggs. Can you colour, cut out the pictures and place them in order? Ask an adult to help you create a flip book for each animal. 
  

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Source: Sheri Amsel, exploringnature.org

MR. GROUNDHOG'S HIBERNATION SONG 
 (to the tune of Alouette)

Chorus
Hibernation, this is hibernation,
Hibernation happens when it’s cold.
 
In the fall eat a lot,
In the fall eat a lot.
Store up food in your fat, store up food in your fat.
For the winterrrrrrrrrrrrr.
 
Find a go-od place to hide,
Find a go-od place to hide.
All winter long, all winter long.
Alllllll winter.

Bre-eathe less, beat less,
Bre-eathe less, beat less.
Body temperature drops, body temperature drops.
Won’t wake uuuuuuuuuuuup (until spring)

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HI

"BRR"

NA

TION

Very few animals in Ontario are true hibernators - not even bears!  True hibernators like the groundhog, little brown bat, and a few mice have their body temperatures drop and their heart rate and breathing slow WAY down.

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SNOWFLAKES

Check out this picture of snowflakes.  It was taken with the help of a microscope which is like a giant magnifying glass.  How are they different, how are they the same?  Do you notice how many spikes each snowflake has?  Can you make your own snowflake from some paper in your recycling bin?
 

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Image: The Secret Life of a Snowflake
by Kenneth Libbrecht Caltech

BE A WINTER DETECTIVE

 

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Source: Government of Maine, Animal Tracks Poster, 2017

Some animals stay active in winter and leave tracks to find on the snow.  Below are some of the most common tracks you'll find in our conservation areas.

 

Here are some questions to help you get started with your detective work:

What animals stay active all winter?

Was the animal big or small?

Which way was it going?

Where do you think it was going? why?

How was the animal moving? 

Can you make tracks in the same pattern as the animal?

Are the tracks old or fresh? 

NATURE WEAVING

Find a branch that makes a 'V' in your backyard or on a neighbourhood walk. Tie some string around one side of the V to secure it, and wind it across to the side of the V, back and forth to make a loom. Find some yarn, string, long, dried-out grasses and weave them in and out of the string to create a beautiful piece of art! 

 

Add nature items like leaves, berries, seeds and pieces of bark or seashells you might have brought home from a trip to a beach. Hang it up inside or outside, and add to it as you take future nature walks. 

 

Remember, only take what is on the ground and unattached items. Don’t pick plant leaves and living items to add. You have four seasons to decorate your branch, so be patient. 

Middle and Older Elementary

 

'GET OUTSIDE' FOLDABLE BOOKLET

Learn how to cut and fold a single piece of paper into a pocket-sized booklet and head outside for some time in nature.

Source: Toronto District School Board, Outdoor Education Schools

SHAPES IN THE SHADOWS

Just before bed, set up a lamp to shine on your wall and try your hand at shadow puppetry.  How many different animals can you make?  Brainstorm some wildlife that lives in your neighbourhood.  Can you recreate any of them as shadows on your wall? Invite a sibling or parent to join you and perform a hand-shadow puppet show.  

Source: Hand Shadow Puppetry ClipArt Etc.

LOOKING UP

Go for a night walk with your family, leaving your flashlights and cell phones at home. On a clear night you might glimpse the moon. What phase (shape) is it? Is it full, quarter or crescent? Venus, a planet, is very clear in the western horizon right now; it's one of the brightest things you will see. Can you find the big and little dipper? 

 

When you return home, look at the calendar to see if you guessed the moon phase right.  If you go on more night hikes, consider charting the phases of the moon on a calendar with a small sketch to determine if it is waxing (getting larger) or waning (getting smaller). Can you predict when we will have the next full moon? 

Sometimes you can see the moon in the daytime. Why is it in different spot from where it was in the evening? Why does the moon have different phases? Do some research on our night skies and share three interesting facts at dinner.