It’s Playtime! : Animals

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Cow. Learning animal names.
Moo. Learning animal sounds.
Its a big part of the beginning stages of talking for a toddler.

Flying. Learning animal movements.
Nests. Learning animal habitats.
For a preschooler, animals become part of their world.

This week, Kate at An Amazing Child is celebrating Eric Carle.
We checked out a few books by Carle that we didn’t have, from the library.

I noticed a theme of our books.
They’re all animals.
(I’m not saying all Carle books are animal related, just the ones we’re reading.)

While these playtime pals didn’t necessarily create Eric Carle activities or crafts, they are all ways to enjoy and explore animals with your preschooler.

This cute caterpillar made with pipe cleaner legs at The Iowa Farmer’s Wife caught my eye immediately. Being Eric Carle week, I definitely thought of the connection with The Hungry Caterpillar (affiliate link). The addition of the tissue paper wrapped around makes it very bright and cheery!

  1. Add an element of literacy while creating a zoo at Ready. Set. Read! Don’t forget to feed and water the animals!
  2. StongStart melts crayons to make a fish, learning about the different materials and sizes of the fish reminds us of the differences of the fish in the ocean.
  3. Make ladybugs from bottle caps at Rub Some Dirt On It. Learn what not to do while creating this adorable craft!
  4. Learning about habitat, at Sun hats & Wellie Boots, of fish in a ocean of playdough. Enjoy some relaxing ocean wave sounds in the background, too!

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  1. Jackie H. says

    Thanks so much for featuring RSR! Just a tip, as we've played with our zoo more and more, I've found that plastic tubs work much better than cardboard boxes. Apparently, "watering" the animals is the favorite job of the zookeepers!

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