Friday, January 7, 2011

January 9-15: Zoo Animals

Next week's theme is zoo animals!





Book Suggestions:
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
If I ran the zoo by Dr. Seuss
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Wild about Books by Judy Sierra
Peek-A-Zoo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Zoo by Gail Gibbons
1, 2, 3, Zoo by Eric Carle
Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann


Activities:

Pretend to be...:
Description: You and your toddler can pretend to be all kinds of different zoo animals. This activity is simple and can be done at any time throughout the day no matter where you are. Try pretending to be roaring lion while you are driving in the car, or a monkey while you are taking a walk. Your toddler can walk and growl like a bear and pretend to be an elephant too.

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, recognize and repeat animal sounds, motor skill development, sensory development

Zoo Animal Masks:
Materials: paper plates, crayons, popsicle sticks or yarn, glue, construction paper, and any other craft items that you and your toddler would like to use to decorate your masks.
Description: You can make many different kinds of zoo animals masks by simply using a paper plate. Before your toddler begins to help, you can cut out holes in the paper plate for the eyes and mouth. Talk to your child about different animals that live in the zoo and what animal they would like to make. Your toddler can color (or paint) the paper plate the color of the animal. You can cut out ears and a nose from construction paper or find craft items to use as ears and a nose. Glue them to the plate. You can glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the plate for your toddler to hold in front of their face as a mask or you can punch holes in the sides of the paper plate and tie yarn through each hole and fit it around your child's head. Your toddler will have fun wearing their mask while pretending to be a zoo animal.

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, sensory development, recognize and repeat animal sounds, name animals that live in a zoo, language development

Pin the tail on the Lion:
Materials: poster board, double sided tape, markers
Description: Draw a simple lion and several tails on a poster board (or construction paper). Cut out the tails and put a piece of double sided tape on the back of each one. You can blind fold your child if they are old enough. Have your toddler (blind folded or not) try to tape the tail onto the lion. You could also play this game with any other zoo animal that has a tail.

Skills Targeted: sensory development, language development, motor skill development

Feed the Monkey:
Materials: cardboard box, markers or paint, knife (adults only), yellow bean bags (you could make your own using socks filled with dried beans and tied with rubber bands)
Description: Draw a monkey face on the side of a cardboard box. (One large circle for the head and two small circles for the ears). Cut out a circle for the mouth using a knife (adults only) and paint or draw with markers two eyes and a nose. Your child can throw the yellow bean bags (bananas) into the opening of the monkey's mouth. Talk with your child about how monkeys eat bananas. Count the bean bags as your toddler throws them and see if they can recognize the color of the bean bags.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, counting, color recognition, language development


Play Dough Zoo Animals:
Materials: play dough, zoo animal cookie cutters
Description: Your toddler will have a blast cutting out zoo animal shapes from play dough using cookie cutters. Provide the materials for your child and let them explore.

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill devleopment, sensory development

Rattle Snake Shaker:
Materials: plastic container, uncooked rice, masking tape
Description: Fill a plastic container with uncooked rice and tape it closed. Let your toddler shake the container. Explain to your toddler that this is what a rattle snake sounds like.

Skills Targeted: sensory development, motor skill develoment, recognize and repeat sounds that animals make.

Monkey See, Monkey Do:
Description: Monkeys are known for mimicing people. Your toddler can copy you like a little monkey would do!
Stand on one leg
Raise one arm
pat your head
etc.
Skills Targeted: following directions, sensory development, language development, enhance listening skills, motor skill development

Giraffe spots:
Materials: Cotton ball, clothes pin, orange construction paper, black paint, picture of a giraffe (optional)
Description: Before doing this activity, cut a giraffe shape out of orange construction paper. Show your child a picture of a giraffe and talk about what a giraffe looks like (long neck, black spots etc). Clip the clothes pin onto the cotton ball (the clothes pin acts as a handle for your child to hold). Your toddler can dip the cotton ball into black paint and dab spots onto their giraffe.
Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development, recognize animals that live in a zoo



Zebras:
Materials: white construction paper, black paint, q-tip
Description: Before doing this activity, cut a zebra shape out of white construction paper. Talk about a zebra or show your child a picture of what a zebra looks like. Your toddler can paint black stripes on their zebra using a q-tip.


Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development, recognize animals that live at the zoo



Clay Zoo Animals:
Materials: Clay or play dough
Description: Your toddler can use their imagination and motor skills to create their own zoo animals out of clay or play dough.


Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development, sensory development, recognize animals that live at the zoo


Snacks:
Provided below are a list of fun snacks for your toddler to each throughout the week. As they eat their zoo animal snacks, see if they can name the animals that they eat.

Animals Crackers

Jell-O Jigglers cut into zoo animals shapes using cookie cutters

Cut your child's favorite sandwich using zoo animals cookie cutters

Zoo Animal Recipes:
The San Diego Zoo provides some awesome yummy zoo animal recipes on their website.

Online Fun:

Virtual Zoo:
Toddler Toddler has provided a virtual zoo for children to experience zoo animals without actually having to go to the zoo. There are many different videos here of a variety of zoo animals.

Bananas For Lunch:
Bananas For Lunch is an online story from Storyplace Preschool Library.

ABC's Zoo:
Take a tour of Fisher-Price's online ABC's Zoo. Click on any letter and your toddler can hear different zoo animals.

Songs and Fingerplays:

The Animals in the Zoo:
(Sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")

The lions in the zoo go roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar,
The lions in the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
All through the day.

The bears in the zoo go growl, growl, growl,
Growl, growl, growl,
Growl, growl, growl,
The bears in the zoo go growl, growl, growl,
All through the day.

The alligators at the zoo go chomp, chomp, chomp,
Chomp, chomp, chomp,
Chomp, chomp, chomp,
The alligators at the zoo go chomp, chomp, chomp,
All through the day.

You can continue this song with other zoo animals!

5 Little Monkeys

5 little monkeys swinging from a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator, can't catch me.
Along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be,
And snatched a monkey right out of that tree.

Repeat with 4, 3, 2, and 1 monkeys.

Elephant:

An elephant goes like this and that (sway from side to side)
He's terriblely big (put arms out to your side)
And He's terriblely fat (Keep arms out to your side)
He has two fingers (Hold up two fingers)
And he has two toes (keep holding up two fingers)
And goodness gracious what a nose (Swing your arm like an elephant's trunk)

Animals at the Zoo:
(sung to the tune of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes")

Elephants, zebras, monkeys, tigers,
alligators
Giraffes, snakes, bears, and hippos
Lions too
That's what I see
When I go to the zoo
I see lots of animals,
How about you?


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