Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Our Panda Bear Habitat

This week we are learning about
Panda Bears!
Miss S. has been obsessed with them for a while now.
So we decided to learn more about them!

We learned about their habitat
And decided to create our own.
We started with a shoe box.
Before we started I cut and hot glued some oasis in the bottom.

We studied where panda's like to live
and that they like to eat bamboo.
We went outside and gathered leaves and branches off of our tree.
And started putting them into the oasis.
She LOVED playing with the oasis.
She cut it with a butter knife and squished it into her own basket.
It was a little messy so it would have been better if her workspace would have been outside.

Next we had to make our own panda.
We used sugar cubes and markers.
I read her some books first and pointed out
the specific coloring of a panda.
I actually drew one so she could see the process.
Then she made her own.

I knew sugar cubes would come in handy!

Here's our habitat:
It  was easy, fun, and a good learning extension.

For our panda unit we also learned about the life cycle of a panda.

Here are the books we are reading this week:

Watch Me Grow: Panda
Don't you love the DK books?
This one follows the life of a panda born in the China panda refuge.
It is a great non fiction with tons of pictures.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
By Eric Carle
This book is more about endangered species,
But it is good to learn how many well know animals are endangered.

Little Panda
By Joanne Ryder
This book is about how Hua Mei was
welcomed to the San Diego Zoo.

A Panda's World
By Caroline Arnold
This was a little too old for Miss S.,
But it tells a story and weaves in tons of facts.
It would be better for a child 5-10.

Panda in the Park
An Usborn Book
I had to get a board book for Baby H. to learn as well!
This one is super cute!

Leave a link in the comments if you have also done a panda theme!


  1. Oh my goodness, I LOVE THIS! I remember making habitats like this in Elementary School and it was so much fun. You are one creative Mommy!

  2. What a great idea for a theme! I especially love the habitat... I'm definitely going to have to try something like this!

  3. Totally adorable! We will have to try out hand at some habitat-making here as well. Thanks for linking up to Montessori Monday! :)

  4. I love your interest-based theme! No better time than when your child wants to learn about a subject! And how sweet that you even got a book for Baby H! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

  5. Very very very *sweet* indeed! Love the Panda habitat too!!

    Thanks as always for joining Kids Get Crafty!


  6. What a clever Mom you are. She is adorable.


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