Animal Camouflage Hands-on Science Activity

Like last week’s post on Sorting Vertebrates and Invertebrates, this week’s post is an animal science activity. So, if your kiddos are interested in learning about animals, this Animal Camouflage Hands-on Science Activity will sure to delight!

If your kiddos are interested in learning about animals, this Animal Camouflage Hands-on Science Activity will sure to delight!

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We did this activity about animals and how they use camouflage a couple of months ago when we tried a new curriculum. The curriculum we tried ended up not being a good fit for now, but we still had fun with this hands-on learning activity.

Animal Camouflage Hands-on Science Activity


Animal Camouflage free printable

How to Prep & Set Up:

  1. Download and print the camouflage habitats free printable page.
  2. Insert the paper in the dry erase sleeve and set out the printable page with a variety of animal figurines.

Animal Camouflage Lesson:

For this lesson we read about how animals in different habitats use camouflage in the Encyclopedia of Animals.

Then using the free printable page I made, we sorted a variety of miniature animal figurines into their correct habitat and talked about how they were camouflaged in their environment. I made this printable using real stock photography of four different habitats. The habitats I included are desert, savanna, woodlands and arctic. You can print them for free by clicking on the image below. You’re welcome!

camouflage habitat printable

My son really enjoyed this simple activity. Some of the animals he knew just what habitat to place them in. For others he experimented by moving them around to each habitat to see where they were camouflaged. During this activity we had a great discussion about why animals use camouflage to blend into their environment.

Animal Camoflauge activity


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7 thoughts on “Animal Camouflage Hands-on Science Activity”

  1. Netia Rader says:

    How does a person access the printable?

    1. Samantha says:

      Click on the image to access the printable! 🙂

      1. Kayla says:

        When I click the image, it is the same picture on your page not actually a printable. Am I doing something incorrect? Thanks! I love this idea.

        1. Samantha says:

          Oh my goodness! I don’t know why you’re to first to notice this! Thanks for letting me know! I’ve fixed the link on this post to a PDF link. I hope this works for you now. 🙂

  2. This is a wonderful idea for studying different habitats! Thank you!

  3. Heather says:

    Hi. I just get a link to the PDF of your photo of the printable in the sleeve not the printable itself.

    1. Samantha says:

      Sorry about that! Try again, I just fixed it.

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