You are invited to download the Raccoon Pack with learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on animal activities for your students or for exploring vertebrates and woodland biome in your classroom.
Raccoons are small mammals with black masks around their eyes. They have grayish-brown fur and a bushy striped tail. These nocturnal animals are generally found in North America, but can also be found in Europe and Asia. Raccoons are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They are known for their cleverness and dexterity, as they are able to open doors and containers. Raccoons have adapted well to living around humans and can often be found in urban areas. However, it’s important to remember that raccoons are wild animals and should be left alone.
Raccoons have an interesting life cycle. They are born in the spring in litters of 4 or 5 babies. These babies, called kits, are blind and deaf at birth and depend completely on their mother for care. As they grow, they start to explore their surroundings and learn to climb trees. Raccoons become independent from their mother after about 8 months and can live up to 5 years in the wild. During the fall, they begin to store up fat to survive the winter. In the spring, the cycle begins again with the birth of new kits.
Raccoon Hand-on Activities for Kids
- Raccoon Tracks: Take a walk in a wooded area and look for raccoon tracks. Have the kids try to identify the tracks and then teach them about the anatomy of a raccoon’s foot.
- Raccoon Mask: Cut out a raccoon mask from construction paper or cardboard. Have each child paint their mask with black and gray paint and add features like ears and a nose. They can wear masks while they play games or act out raccoon behaviors.
- Raccoon Habitat: Build a model of a raccoon habitat by using a shoebox, rocks, leaves, twigs, and moss. Discuss what a raccoon needs to survive in the wild, such as food, water, shelter, and safety.
- Raccoon Diet: Learn about what raccoons eat in the wild through Internet research. After, create a healthy, well-balanced, and nutritious meal that a raccoon might eat in the wild.
- Raccoon Senses: Teach kids about raccoon senses by playing a game where they have to guess different smells, sounds, and textures. Provide them with different objects or food items that a raccoon may come into contact with.
- Documentaries: Watch documentaries or videos about raccoons and discuss their behavior, adaptability, and unique attributes.
- Trash Sorter: Learn about how raccoons are scavengers and how they eat food that humans throw out. Create a “trash sorter” game where kids sort through different types of garbage and separate recyclable items.
- Raccoon Family: Teach kids about raccoon family structures and behaviors. Conduct a family role-play activity, where each group member is assigned a role in the raccoon family.
- Raccoon Crafts: Create a raccoon-inspired craft using paper plates, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, felt, or any other material that can be used to craft a raccoon.
- Raccoon Maze: Create a maze game that challenges kids to find their way out of a maze while trying not to run into raccoons. Kids can learn about predator and prey concepts while having fun.
Children will learn the stages of the raccoon life cycle and parts of a raccoon, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills.
This resource contains a raccoon life cycle diagram, types of raccoon information cards, a worksheet, 3-part cards, parts of the raccoon printable, adjective printables, and information poster, My Book of Raccoon student booklet and raccoon predators vs food sorting cards.
Here is what’s included:
- Raccoon life cycle diagram
- Raccoon life cycle 3 part cards
- Raccoon life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet (color and blackline)
- Raccoon life cycle tracing strips
- Raccoon life cycle information cards
- Parts of Raccoon diagram
- Parts of Raccoon diagram minus labels
- Parts of Raccoon labels
- Parts of Raccoon information cards
- Parts of Raccoon tracing & independent writing worksheet
- Parts of Raccoon student booklet (independent writing)
- Types of Raccoons 3 part cards
- Types of Raccoons information cards
- Raccoon characteristics color poster
- Raccoon characteristics black line poster
- Raccoon characteristics mat
- Raccoon characteristics color cards
- Raccoon characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
- Raccoon characteristics student booklet
- Raccoon information poster
- My Book of Raccoon
- Raccoon Food vs Preditors sorting cards
- Raccoon anatomy diagram adjective activity
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
How to use this resource:
Parts of a Raccoon – Gather books about forest animals for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards. Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards.
Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part and make their own research. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the raccoon’s body.
Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the raccoon’s life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
Raccoon life cycle 3-part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word. Present control cards and invite the child to lay the stages of the cycle in the correct order.
Raccoon life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.
Raccoon tracing/labeling and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and invite the child to trace or label the stages of the raccoon life cycle.
You might like to invite the students to compare the life cycle of a raccoon with other forest animals.
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