Save time and snag these hands-on and fun nocturnal animals activities for Kindergarten. Nothing says October like learning about nocturnal animals in Kindergarten. Check out these great and engaging learning activities that save teachers time and bring learning joy to little learners.
Sorting Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals
One of the first things we teach while covering the topic of Nocturnal Animals in Kindergarten is defining and explaining what nocturnal animals are. Next, we can chart what we know about nocturnal animals. While doing this, I highly recommend including a discussion of diurnal animals. It is important to pick their brains to see what they understand and do not understand about nocturnal animals.
Background Knowledge with Books
If your students are struggling with this concept or they need some background knowledge or information about nocturn animals, I suggest using the book Where Are Night Animals? as great nonfiction read. Another great fictional book is Goodnight, Butterfly book.
Check out my entire list of nocturnal animal books here.
There are so many great titles you can choose from to dive deeper into nocturnal animals. We are working on putting together a book list for nocturnal animals books.
Sorting Nocturnal Animals Activities in Kindergarten
Now that you have discusses what nocturnal animals and diurnal animals are, why not sort real images of these animals as a class?! This nocturnal animal activity for kindergarten is an ideal way to sort their brains to learn which animals are nocturnal. It is very common for little learners to be unsure or confused about grouping animals in this way.
Characteristics of Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals
Next, students can look at the class sort, which I love to complete on a pocket chart, and notice similar characteristics of these animals. Nocturnal animals are typically darker in color to camouflage into the night easier. Your little learners may notice larger eyes as well.
In return, your learners may see that diurnal animal have a variety of bright colors and smaller eyes. What other characteristics will your learners gather when looking at this nocturnal animal activity?
Integrated Nocturnal Animals Activities for Kindergarten
Whenever possible, I highly recommend integrating science topics such as nocturnal animals with your reading and math standards. One way you can integrate this topic is with syllable clapping. Use nocturnal animals to clap out syllables. Shown above is a small group activity and we have a matching printable.
Nocturnal Animal Activity Sort
A great way to check for understanding is with this nocturnal and diurnal animal sort. I love that your little learner gets a moon and sun image to help them complete this activity with independence. This printable pack comes with a version with drawings as well as real images.
Work on ABC Ordering
Another fun skill your little learners can be ABC orders. This nocturnal animal activity for Kindergarten is a great way to keep learning about two topics at the same time. We can use this printable to teach or to review the skill.
Video of One of the Nocturnal Animal Unit