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Hamsters at Home and in the Classroom

Easy to handle and to care for, hamsters are great pets for kids.

Overview

Handling your hamster

First, wash your hands. Next, it’s hamster time. If they’re sleeping, gently wake them up so you don’t startle them.

Using both hands, gently scoop the hamster out of the habitat. Keep your hands tight enough to keep wriggling at a minimum but not so tight that you squeeze. Don’t put hamsters too close to your face, which can make them nervous!

Hold onto your hamster! This cute little critter may want to roam around the room but that can be dangerous, especially around electrical cords. So, keep your eyes on these guys! A watchful adult eye is always recommended.

A hamster in the classroom

Teachers, as well as students, will want to be involved in caring for a classroom hamster. Before bringing a hamster into the classroom, ask student about allergies and consider how each student will behave with this small creature. Vet checks, too, are something to keep in mind, since hamsters need health care just like pets at home. Every hamster needs food and habitat maintenance every day, as well as lots of love and affection.

Caring for a classroom hamster is more than just fun — it’s a powerful way to teach children empathy via a living, feeling creature. It’s best to have a youthful classroom hamster, about three or four weeks old, that will grow up learning to be handled. As for students, expect them to bond while caring for their furry friend. Just remember, a classroom hamster needs to be cared for, even when school isn’t in session

Hamsters can be a great pet for your home as well as at school, but they’ll be relying on you.