At our house there is a serious love for all animals. Every night Lydi will cuddle a panda, a kangaroo, or a giraffe to bed. She isn't attached to any of them in particular, she just likes anything soft and cuddly.
She also loves books about animals. She has started bringing us books to read to her, and Dear Zoo is one of her favorites. She loves it when we make all the animal noises for her, so she really loved the activities for this week.
Get ready for all things animals!
What You'll Need:
- Flat Rocks
- Wiggly Eyes
- Graham Crackers
- Animal Crackers
- Pull 'n Peel Licorice
- Construction Paper
- Washable Paint
- Paper Plate
- Popsicle Sticks
Activity #1- Lion Mask
It is hard to get a good picture with this girl lately, she just won't stand still for longer than three seconds. But I can tell you these face mask/puppets are so fun. I teach the 3 year olds at church and we made these, they were a huge hit! They spent a good 15 minutes pretending to be lions! I just cut out the center of a paper plate and used construction paper strips to make the mane. Then just attach a popsicle stick and you're in business!
Activity #2- Rock Animals
These little cuties were a cinch to make. You just have to find some flat rocks and use the printable above to make your kiddo their very own rock animals. My one suggestion: we chose pretty big rocks, so big that we had to make a new mane for the lion because the printable was too small.
Activity #3- Animal Cracker Treats
I'm pretty sure all kids like sugar, but it was nearly impossible to get a picture before this girl had gobbled these up. All you need is graham crackers, frosting, animal crackers and pull-apart Twizzlers, and you have a treat that is straight out of the zoo!
Activity #4- Act Like an Animal
We had a blast playing this dice game. All it takes is a little roll and the animal on top is the one you get to be. Lydi will try to mirror about anything we do these days. So imagine trying to get her to act like a monkey.
We made the cube out of paper, which she then stepped on so if you have anything more stable, like a wood block, I'd recommend that. But I just found clip art on Google and used the animals in Dear Zoo for each side.
Activity #5- Zoo Coloring Page
Coloring pages are an easy go-to when you just need your little one to sit still for a couple minutes. This one will use all the colors because there is so much going on. The link above will take you to a bunch of fun coloring pages.