About a week ago, my youngest found a small snake in our yard. In our area, snakes are beginning to hibernate as the colder weather sets in, so it was an unusual find. After looking closely at our snake, we realized it was a harmless hognose, naturally prompting a snake study at my house.
We found a lot of great resources online, and there’s even more at the library. If you have children interested in snakes and you want to satisfy their curiosity without having to bring one in the house, here are some websites and books you can try:
- Kidzone.com (http://www.kidzone.ws/lw/snakes/index.htm) – This site pages of snake facts, free printables, and activity ideas, as well as links to other “snakey” sites.
- Danielle’sPlace.com: (http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/snakecrafts.html) – Here you’ll find lots of fun ideas for snake crafts, from a braided snake to a paper spiral snake to a snake made out of plastic bottle caps.
- Enature.com – When you visit this site, click on “Field Guides,” then choose “Reptiles.” You’ll find pictures and facts about various species of snakes, or you can do a search for a particular kind of snake.
To find out about snakes that live in your area, do a search with the name of your state and the words “snakes” for websites of local interest.
Books for Younger Children:
- DK Readers: Slinky, Scaly Snakes by Jennifer Dussling
- Snakes by Gail Gibbons
- Time for Kids: Snakes! By Lisa Jo Rudy
- Amazing Snakes! by Sarah L. Thomson
- Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
- Fun Facts About Snakes (I Like Reptiles and Amphibians!) by Carmen Bredeson
- The Best Book of Snakes by Christiane Gunzi
Also, be sure to check out Snakes of the World Coloring Book illustrated by Jan Sovak and published by Dover. Dover produces some of the best educational coloring books I know of, with each page containing a lot of detail along with basic information.
Books for Older Readers:
- Snakes, Salamanders & Lizards by Diane Burns
- The Snake Scientist by Sy Montgomery
- Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Reptile and Amphibians of Eastern & Central North America and A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians
Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
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