Here's a challenge! Can the kids complete the otter by filling in the missing sections? Use the complete picture below for your first attempt - then hide it for a second!
Otters love fish - but they will also eat frogs and crabs, small water birds and other small mammals. You will find them by rivers, lakes and seas. They are excellent swimmers, with webbed feet and powerful tails, and their thick fur keeps them warm. They can close their eyes and their nose when underwater.
There are many different species of otter found around the world, including the sea otter (found on the Pacific coast of North America) and the giant otter (found mainly in South America), which can grow to up to 1.8m (just under 6ft). Otters are quite charming to watch, playing and frolicing and falling asleep on their backs, even holding hands, as they float. I was lucky enough to see some sea otters doing just that at the Monterey Bay Acquarium in California! They have a sea otter web cam so you might be able to see something like that too. You can also have a look at the video below...
Otters were nearly wiped out in the UK in the 20th century, but conservation projects and cleaning up rivers has helped and they are now on the increase again. They live in underground burrows (known as holts) where they raise their cubs (or pups), who will be fine swimmers by 10 weeks old. A group of otters can be known as a bevy, a family, a lodge or a romp!
Our acrostic poem printables make poetry work fun - and here are four to choose from for your O-T-T-E-R poems! They also make lovely writing frames for younger children.
Here's a cute otter for the kids to colour in. Perhaps they could use lots of little strokes to show his fur?
Learn all about the otter with this printable poster, full of facts and interesting information for the kids. Why not laminate and add it to your British Wildlife display?
I've always thought that "otter" is a funny word, and that the otter is a funny looking animal, too! This finger tracing worksheet is a fun way for younger kids to learn their letters.
Can the kids copy this picture of an otter from one grid to the other? It takes some careful drawing skills (his paws might be tricky!).
Having fun with a wildlife theme? Why not add some handwriting practice into the mix with this "otter" worksheet!
We have a whole series of these notebooking pages for all the animals we cover at Activity Village. This set is for the otter - and they make a useful place for storing facts, information, drawings and even observations...
When you are doing a British Wildlife topic, you might want to display some of our simple animal posters or use them in your project work. Here's our otter poster, ready to print!
Otters are lovely wild animals, and you can sometimes spot them playing by rivers in the British countryside if you're very lucky. Or you can simply print out and enjoy our otter poster instead!
Will the kids write a story about an otter, or perhaps use this otter story paper for some desriptive writing or research...
When you are learning about otters, filling in this fun worksheet will help you collect some interesting facts and information! Available in colour or black and white below.