Interested in forest food chains? We were, so we made a free printable forest food chain game to play and found some great forest food chain books as well. They pair nicely.
Food chains are a fascinating part of nature and when my son was younger we spent quite a bit of time investigating them.
This is the type of learning that I really like because you can study the forest as a whole, dig into individual animals, and make connections. Connections are a key component to learning.
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Forest Food Chain Books
A forest food chain can also be called a life cycle, food web, or web of life. Whatever you call them, they are certainly interesting and kids seem to really enjoy studying them.
- This is a great book to start with if you are studying forest life cycles. Food Chains in a Forest Habitat begins with explaining what a food chain is, then moves on to forest habitat, who eats who, and ends with a nice explanation of how all things in the forest are connected.
- Life Cycles: Forest covers forests in Southern Asia, North America and Southern Africa and the life cycles of 11 different animals. Has a nice visual of the cycle and glossary at the back.
- The Temperate Forest: A Web of Life covers the temperate forest biome. I like the map with its color coded legend. Covers bears, communities, plants and other forest animals. Also has an animal facts section and a glossary as well as a section with additional resources.
- This book was chosen for the great way it starts. Sometimes diving right into a topic helps give an overview before learning more. I like the visual forest food web at the front as well as the section on being a word detective (find words such as bacteria, photosythesis and understory in the book as you read along). The text is a bit choppy but I included it for the reasons above. Forest Food Webs .
- A Temperate Forest Food Chain is a great book for older boys. It is sort of like a choose your own adventure book but you start off the book as a tertiary consumer (predator). You select if you will be a black bear, wolf, owl, lynx or eagle and you make choices and turn to specific pages to see what happens next. Very interactive and you really get a feel for the web of life as you go through the book a few times. Note: this is part of a series and there are other books available Recommended!
Get a few of these books and study the forest web of life. Then dive into this activity.
Forest Animal Food Chain Game
I know that many of you love games as a way of learning as much as I do. So I made a free printable forest food chain game that you can use with the books above.
- Print cards on cardstock. This is the cardstock that we recommend to ensure your game lasts longer.
- Print one copy of the cards.
- Click to get your free printable game <<<<<<download
- Carefully cut apart on the lines. This is the paper cutter we use instead of a scissors. Works much better!
It is super simple to play.
You just use the lovely pictures of animals, insects, and plants to create different chains. You can make them long or make them short.
Here is an example: fern >> grasshopper >> toad >> snake >> hawk
Using the books above will help you with your food chains, or if you get stuck, simply pop over to Google and see what black bears eat or what eats chipmunks. This is a great way to get in a bit of research as well.
If you liked these forest food chain books be sure to see our other book lists.
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