This week for the Mom Explores Book Club we read Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan. It’s a cute little book that follows a baby owl exploring the night as it slowly becomes daytime. Here’s a link for you to pick up your own copy.
One of the things my son and I talked about while reading this book is nocturnal (sleep during the day) versus diurnal (sleep at night) animals. The words were a little challenging for him to say, but they’ve also talked about this on Sesame Street, so it wasn’t his first introduction to the topic! I decided to make a little activity with some stuff we had lying around the house to help him learn the difference.
- 2 styrofoam (or paper) plates
- Blue and yellow crayons
- Nocturnal and Diurnal printable PDF
First, we decided to color the nocturnal animals blue and the diurnal animals yellow. Then we cut out the animals and their names.
Then I used the pencil to draw 12 marks on one of the plates, and cut along the lines.
Then I glued the middle of the inside of the cut plate to the back of the uncut plate.
Then we glued the names of the animal to the outside and lifted the flap to glue the corresponding animal underneath the flap.
Then I just glued the words “nocturnal” and “diurnal” in blue and yellow to the front of the plate.
Now, we can look at the name of an animal and guess if it’s nocturnal or diurnal. Then, lift the flap to see if we’re right!
We had fun making it, and I hope you have fun playing with it!
Here’s what the other moms are up to with the Book Club this week:
Mom Explores Southwest Florida:
Mom Explores the Smokies:
Mom Explores Orlando: