Even if you can’t travel the world and see animals in their natural habitat, it doesn’t mean you can’t build them with LEGO! These LEGO animal habitat challenges are a fun way to add biology to lesson plans. Also included are fun facts for kids for each of the 8 habitats. You decide where to start first!


Why LEGO for STEM Activities?

Let’s first start with STEM! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. For example, a good STEM project will intertwine two or more learning areas to complete the project, such as math and engineering. You might need to measure the exact height or width of an area where you are designing something.

STEM projects often focus on solving problems and can be based on real-world applications. Almost every good science or engineering project is a STEM activity because you have to pull from different resources to complete it. Results happen when many different factors fall into place.

Technology and math are also important to work in the STEM framework, whether through research or measurements. For instance, kids can hop online and check out real-world models to base their designs on or help brainstorm. Need to learn more about a country, landmark, habitat or animal, do some research!

Likewise, It’s important that kids can navigate the technology and engineering portions of STEM needed for a successful future. Most importantly, It’s good to remember there’s so much more to STEM than building expensive robots or being on screens for hours.

LEGO is a fantastic tool for developing STEM skills, and it doesn’t just have to be about using Powered Up functions or Mindstorms! For example, good ole 2×2 and 2×4 bricks will do the trick for our younger engineers. These challenges make the stepping stones to more involved LEGO STEM projects later on!

LEGO Animal Learning Ideas

For this set of LEGO animal habitat challenges, grab the map and locate where each habitat type exists. Then decide where to go! National Geographic for Kids is a great place to check out too!

  • Locate each habitat type on a map.
  • Learn about the different animals (National Geographic) and plants that live in that habitat.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation of the habitat to share with family or teachers.
  • Create an art project for the habitat using a variety of mediums or techniques such as collage, watercolor, or mixed media.
  • Books! Find and read a book, fact, or fiction about the area. Write a book report to share.
  • Write a short story (creative piece) about the habitat, and create a setting and a character.

LEGO can easily fit into both your free time plans and educational plans seamlessly. Kids won’t even know how much they learn while exploring the world!

These LEGO challenge ideas go beyond the basic challenge cards because they offer a special task to complete, animal habitats!

Animal Habitats for Kids

This LEGO animal habitats building challenge pack features eight animal habitats to learn about. They can be found all over the world.

Questions to Ask: Which habitats are close to you? What is your favorite habitat and why? If you could pick any animal to be, which one would you pick, and where would you live?

  • Rainforest
  • Forest
  • Mountain
  • Pond
  • Coral Reef
  • Savannah
  • Polar
  • Desert

More Animal Habitat Activities

Here are more printables and hands-on ways to explore animals and habitats!

Bee Habitat

Printable LEGO Animal Habitat Cards

Download and print the animal habitat challenges below. 

How to Get Started with LEGO Animal Habitat Challenge Cards

You can use these habitat buillding cards in several ways. *I have included Amazon Affiliate links for a few things we use at home.*

  • Use your bricks to build the animals you might see in the habitat using the suggestions provided. We have this LEGO animal set/book.
  • Use your bricks to build the actual habitat with plants or rocks, grass, sand or snow and ice. Make a pond with blue and green bricks. We have this LEGO Classic set for bricks and animals.
  • Create a LEGO diorama of your favorite habitat.

Whether you have a large collection of LEGO or a modest one, we try not to use many fancy pieces so that anyone can try these LEGO ideas!

Discovering how to use the LEGO pieces you already have to make something cool is a great skill for young kids to learn early on. To sum it up, you don’t always need more of something. Instead, use your imagination and work with what you already have!

Here are a few tips:
  • Don’t have enough of one color? Use another!
  • Have a fun piece you can use instead? Go ahead!
  • Want to take the challenge to another level? Make up your additions!
  • This Classic LEGO set is perfect if you need to add pieces to your collection. Another classic set at a good price is this one right now. Check Walmart for deals often as they change!

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Favorite LEGO Animal Sets

LEGO offers a variety of animal-themed sets for kids that can provide hours of creative play and opportunities for learning. Here are a few of our favorite LEGO animal theme sets. I am an Amazon affiliate.

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Sets: These sets typically include instructions to build three different models with a single set, one of which is often an animal. You might find sets that allow kids to build animals like dinosaurs, sharks, or birds. This flexibility adds to the play value.

LEGO DUPLO Animal Sets: DUPLO sets are designed for younger children and often include larger, easier-to-handle pieces. They feature animal-themed sets such as farms, zoos, and safari adventures, allowing kids to interact with animals and their habitats.

LEGO Friends Animal Sets: The LEGO Friends theme includes sets featuring various animals and pets, like dogs, cats, horses, and even wildlife rescue sets. These sets are designed with a focus on storytelling and character interactions.

LEGO City Wildlife Sets: LEGO City offers sets that revolve around wildlife and animal conservation, allowing kids to engage in scenarios related to the natural world. Examples include jungle rescue and wildlife observation sets.

Printable LEGO Building Pack

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