Animal Anti-Freeze

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In this outdoor winter activity, learners search for and create hibernation sites that will protect gelatin "animals" from freezing. Learners come to understand that hibernating animals need to take care in selecting a sleeping spot that will provide protection from the winter cold.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 4 small paper cups for each learner
  • 4 small paper cards or cup tops for each learner
  • 1 hand trowel or other digging tool for each learner
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoon) measuring spoon
  • 1 liter liquid gelatin (for every 10 kids)
  • small box or knit cap
  • thermometer
  • large thermos bottle or picnic jug
  • tray for cups


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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  • Free access



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