Earth Day Activity: Build a Mini Animal Habitat

On the left, there is a picture of the supplies needed for the Mini Animal Habitat hands-on activity where kids can build an animal habitat for a pangolin, a fox, or a sugar glider. On the right is a picture of the finished activity where a stuffed animal pangolin is in its finished habitat.

The Nocturnals characters—Dawn, a red fox; Tobin, a pangolin; and Bismark, a sugar glider—are just three of millions of animals living on this planet. Every creature likes to make a natural home, or habitat, that provides the resources they need to survive.

For many animals, their habitats are in danger of disappearing!

In a habitat, the environment in which a plant or animal lives and grows, animals need five things: food, water, shelter, air, and space.
There are many different habitats around the world, such as grasslands, deserts, wetlands, oceans, and rivers. Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark live in the same forest habitat; however, in real life, these animals live in forests in different parts of the world.

Learn more about our nonfiction companion books!


  • Container or Shoebox
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Supplies from nature, such as:

  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Rocks
  • Moss

Craft supplies, such as: 

  • Cotton
  • Construction Paper
  • Clay
  • Paint


Can you build an animal its very own mini habitat that meets all its needs? You can make one for the pangolin, sugar glider, or fox using the information in The Nocturnals nonfiction book, or you can choose your own nocturnal animal to research! 

It’s a good idea to plan ahead and list materials you could use for the mini habitat. You can use the list below to make your own worksheet or use our printable that is provided here

Habitat Features


Your Habitat

Plant or Vegetation

Trees, bushes, grass, shrubs, moss, bare (no plants)


Type of ground

Soil, sand, rock-filled, covered in leaves, snow



Bushes, trees, burrows, dens, nests, rock crevices



Browns, yellows, greens, reds, purples, oranges,



Prairie, trees, mountains, lakes, rivers, streams


Food source

Grass, trees, nuts, berries, small animals


Other features

Paths, climbing areas, hunting areas


After you’ve planned your mini habitat, build it with the materials you have collected from inside or outside your home.

When you’re done, show off your habitat to friends and family and share what type you decided to make, why you chose it, and what animal(s) you built your habitat for. Make sure to show them how you met the animals’ basic needs like food, water, and shelter.