My kids have been fascinated with beavers for a long time.  Although we do not live near them in the wild, we have seen them at a wildlife rescue zoo AND of course, on their favorite show, The Cat in the Hat.

I mean, who doesn’t love an animal that uses its TEETH as a saw?

This month for our Nature Book Club, it was a no-brainer to choose a book related to beavers!

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I scoured the Internet and our library for a good book about beavers.  I wanted one that was engaging AND fun.  I finally found one!

Build, Beaver, Build!: Life at the Longest Beaver Dam is an adorable book that journeys through the life of a young beaver.  He learns the ins and outs of the beaver dam and eventually starts a life of his own.

Check out more fun beaver-themed items on Amazon!                              


We were really excited when one of my fellow Nature Book Club co-hosts, Barbara from Handbook of Nature Study, emailed me to let me know that she had just seen chewed trees and beaver dams in her neck of the woods!

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She posted these pictures on her Instagram account and wanted to share them with my kids and blog readers also!


After we read our book, my kids set out to create a beaver habitat of their own.

They were anxious to get started!

They collected a bunch of sticks and started building their beaver lodge.

At first we had discussed building a beaver dam, but my daughter pointed out that beavers also build their lodges on the sides of river banks, without using a dam.

So, I stood back and let them carry on!

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When the sticks, mud and rocks were all in place, my daughter added her little figurine to the beaver lodge.  It’s actually a squirrel, but we plan to get beavers to add to our habitat!  (Don’t you love after thoughts like that?!)


What I loved about this habitat creation was that my kids were really able to put their learning into use (and that it’s completely free because you use what nature already provides you!).

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My daughter was very specific about how she built the beaver lodge, so that they could swim underneath to get inside their home.

I was so impressed with her forward thinking and ability to make the connections!

It is one thing to learn about beaver dams and lodges, but it’s a totally different thing to try construct one accurately!

Scroll down for more information on The Nature Book Club and to see other small mammal books and activities!

Welcome to The Nature Book Club Monthly Link Up Number 2!

The Nature Book Club is a monthly link up beginning on the 20th day of each month.

It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature.

There is a theme for each month in 2018. We welcome your nature book and activity related links!

The Nature Book Club is brought to you by these 10 nature-loving bloggers who are your co-hosts!

Are you following them? If you don’t want to miss anything, be sure to follow each one.

Here are the co-hosts, their choices of books, and activities for the month:


The Usual Mayhem
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin Beatrix Potter Artist Study Printables Freebie


Small Worlds Preschool

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin Peg Doll Squirrel and Owl


Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Arctic Ground Squirrel – Amazing Creature Series Arctic Ground Squirrel Lapbook & Unit Study


Hide The Chocolate
Stellaluna Stellaluna Online Book Club


Table Life Blog
Nuts to You! Easy Watercolor Squirrel Art


Eva Varga
Our Foray into Squirrel Taxidermy Taxidermy


Wind in a Letterbox
Meerkat Mail  Postcard Art Activity


Handbook of Nature Study
Tracks, Scats, and Signs  Nature Walk-Looking for Tracks, Scat, and Signs


The Playful Scholar
The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun Good Reads For Fun On Groundhog Day


Everyday Graces Homeschool
Frederick  Watercolor Bookmarks and Printable Nature Notebook Sheet


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Party Rules

  • Choose an engaging nature book, do a craft or activity, and add your post to our monthly link up.
  • The link up party goes live at 9:00 a.m. EST on the 20th of each month and stays open until 11:59 p.m. EST on the last day of the monthHurry to add your links!
  • You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, advertise other link up parties, your store, or non-related blog posts. They will be removed.
  • By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course if we feature your posts.That’s it!
  • Let’s party.


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