We just finished up a mini-unit on the food chain. As always, I look for fun and free learning activities. This week was all about tadpoles, frogs, and crickets as we learned about the food chain. The kids had a blast learning about the food chain through free activities, videos, and crafts.
Learning About the Food Chain
Learning about the food chain can be super fun! We all had fun reading books, raising tadpoles, and making stacking food chain cups. I think this is one of our favorite homeschool lesson so far.
Video About the Food Chain
We watched this video explaining the food chain, food web, and energy pyramid:
It was no coincidence that I chose for the kids to explore the food chain once our tadpoles become frogs. I knew that these frogs would need to eat crickets. This would be our kids first interaction with the food chain. I wasn’t sure if it was a good or bad thing that we recently learned about crickets (C is for Cricket).
While learning about crickets we read the book ‘Cricket In Times Square’ by George Selden.
Food Chain Experiements
We enjoyed raising tadpoles and seeing them grown to become frogs. I knew it would be difficult for the kids to feed Chester, the cricket in the book to their frogs. However, once Alex and Ava understood the food chain they had not problem feeding our new frogs crickets every other day.
Food Chain Printables
We had a great week filled with fun and free food chain learning! We started with a copy of the food chain pyramid. Click here to print. They really enjoyed coloring this.
We then headed over to SheppardsSoftware.com for some interactive food chain learning!
You can print free food chain worksheets at Turtlediary.com. To print the following worksheet please click here.
Food Chain Activities
Alex and Ava loved making, and playing with, stacking food chain cups. They were super easy to make. Alex looked through some magazines and cut out pictures of animals that would create a specific food chain.
He then glued them onto cups. You could easily use toilet paper or paper towel tubes and just cut them so they will fit over one another for nesting cups.
And then you stack them in the correct order.
He liked finding pictures and creating his own food chain so much he did a few more on paper.
Books About the Food Chain
Alex and Ava really enjoyed the book Who Eats What: Food Chains and Food Webs.
We always enjoy reading (and watching) The Magic School Bus in our homeschool lessons.
I hope that you have fun learning about the food chain. If you have any additional resources or your own learning adventures please share with me in the comments, thank you!
Next, we are moving to animal habitats!
To see a list of all of our learning lesson (with links) click here.