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Poems for Early Childhood

Animals Hibernate

Talk with children about hibernation. Explain that during the colder months of the year, when food is scarce, some animals go into a deep sleep in a sheltered place. Discuss that the animals eat plenty of food before hibernating to take them through their long sleep. Then help children learn this short rhyme to introduce them to some hibernating animals.

Brown bears do it,
Ladybugs too.
Bats and snakes,
And a frog or two.

Groundhogs, chipmunks
In a sleepy state.
What do they do?
They hibernate!


Sue LaBella, Education World's early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing poems for young children. She especially enjoys writing rhymes that make children smile. Susan lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy. She has written fun rhymes to fit many themes. Visit her archive of rhymes for early childhood classrooms.

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Poem by Sue LaBella
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