Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Where do Animals Live?


Our playgroups last week learned (and most of them knew already) where we can find specific animals.  A cow usually lives on a farm, where as a monkey we would find in a jungle.  We read an amazing pop-up book called The Very Busy Bee by Jack Tickle which has great illustrations that the children loved.
"Bee is buzzing busily, His friend is buzzing too, But when they sniff the flowers It makes them sneeze - ATCHOO!"

We also had a mystery box where the children could pick out an animal and say what animal it is, what sound it makes, and where it lives.

Making a mystery box is really easy.  All you need is:
  • 1 medium sized box that is wrapped. You can use either construction paper or wrapping paper
  • For animals, you can either use small plastic animals (can find some at the dollar store) or I just used CriCut cut-out animals.

The children knew what types of animals they would find in a zoo, and what kinds of animals they would find on a farm.  We sang "Old McDonald on a Farm" and had hand puppets to go with the song...and the children LOVED it!  Hand puppets are always a hit with children, because it almost brings that animal to life.

Our activity was to sort out stickers into two groups: farm animals and zoo animals.  Its amazing to see that even the youngest children knew where they could find animals, and where they live!
From our Springville playgroup

From our Franklin Community Center playgroup

A great activity for the summer is going to the zoo. The Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City has a children's story time this Saturday, June 2 that is interactive with the children. Each class includes a story, a craft, and a special animal encounter. This program is geared towards younger learners but will be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Zoo Storytime

Start: Saturday, June 2, 2012
End: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for Storytime

$5 per child over two years old: adults free

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