Looking for a fun and easy activity to do on a rainy day or during spring break? Turn your house into a zoo! This activity can be altered to fit many different aged children. Here’s what you can do with little ones:
|Feeding the monkeys.|
Gather all of the stuffed animals you can find in the house (we even included our dinosaurs!).
- Sort through them, putting like animals together (we also grouped all farm animals together).
- Decide which animals will be housed where—we put animals everywhere in the house—the kids’ bedrooms, under the dining room table, under the stairs…
- Put your animals in their enclosures.
- Create a placard for each enclosure with the animal's name and a picture. (My preschooler got to practice trying to spell animal names, my toddler practiced drawing animals).
- Research what each animal eats and “feed” them with play food (or make out of paper, blocks, etc.)
- At night, have your child pick an animal to read to. Your child can choose a book he or she thinks that animal would enjoy. (The monkeys might enjoy Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)
|Sorting through our animals.|
|Our pig placard.|
There’s lots that can still be done with this activity. Here are my other ideas:
- Make map of the zoo
- Measure the animals with a tape measure, paper clips, or Unifix cubes
- Graph how many of our animals have four legs vs. two legs, wings vs. no wings, etc.