Fill box with sand, salt
or other material. Can you find the animals hidden in the “sand?” Use cups,
containers and spoons to fill and dump just like you would in a sandbox.
Fine and gross motor, sense of touch, sight.
Use the dough and cookie
cutters to cut out animals.
Fine motor, creative, mathematical (sorting), sense of touch, sight.
“Walking Through the
Act out the words as you
Walking through the jungle (walk in place)
What do I see? (make binoculars with hands)
I see a lion looking at me. (make a lions mane
with your hands at your face)
Roar, roar, roar (roar loud!)
Now look for other animals like snake (hiss,
hiss, hiss), monkeys (oo, oo, ah, ah), elephant (stomp, stomp), hyena (ha, ha,ha),
Gross motor, creative, language, listening.
“Zoo Who?” game
Each team picks one
card. Do not share what animal you have with any other team. When the
leader says go, each team says the name of the animal on their card. Can you
find anyone else that is the same animal?
Thinking, sense of hearing, social.
The zoo animals have
escaped! Can you help them find? Use a flashlight to find the animals. When you
“catch” the animals, return it to its home. Use pictures of caves, polar
region, African savannah, ocean, etc. for their “home.”
Thinking, mathematical (sorting), gross motor, sense of sight.
Just let your tot go, if
they have painted before, they will know what to do! Talk with your tot about
where feathers come from. Who wears feathers? Can you find any animals outside
with feathers? Watch them. What they are doing? Why do birds have feathers?
Creative, language, thinking, sense of sight and touch.
Zoo Animals big and
Animals come in all
shapes and sizes. Can you sort them by size or by their patterns? (stripes,
Skills Developed: Thinking,
mathematical (sorting, size, patterns), sense of sight.
Will you read to me? Take a moment to enjoy a story. Skills
Developed: Listening, language.
Activity: Where’s the Bear?
- Tie one end of a long string around your child’s
favorite teddy bear and hide it in a closet.
- Close the door, trail the string out under the door and
run it around the room, over and under furniture and other objects.
- Say to your toddler, “Let’s find teddy.”
- Help him hold the string and follow it to the bear.
- As you are following the string, describe where you are
going. For example, “The string is behind the chair.”
- When you find the bear, give him a big hug
and say, “Oh Teddy, we are so glad we found you!”