When trying to explain abstract concepts to youngsters, it really helps to have visuals that complement the verbal descriptions. Here is a sample of a little coloring worksheet that I use when we are discussing the common adaptations that living beings make to the unfavorable weather / food conditions of winter. To convey the concepts, I employ large posters illustrating the four basic adaptations and laminated photographs of the actual plants and animals being considered.
A page of this sort can serve as a pre or post instruction assessment, or as a relatively non-aversive activity that can keep students focused during a class discussion. In the latter situation, the children are encouraged to color the animals / plants and to write down each being’s adaptation as the conversation proceeds.