Fingers crossed this week my kids are going to the zoo, I hope. After most zoo trips we spend some time reviewing all we know about the animals we saw and talking about the zoo animals.
Tigers are a great place to start because you can emulate a tiger hunting in the jungle with only a couple of blind folds and an open room. My kids loved this activity, and we played it several times over the course of a few days.
Then look at another big cat, the cougar and learn about how cougars hunt in this unique game.
After you’ve explored big cats, start looking at elephants. First measure how tall they are in comparison to you. That can be a great comparison. Then try to use an elephant trunk.
Then look at the ungulates, giraffes, horses, gazelles, and how are ungulates classified.
After the giraffes and sitting still for a minute you might want to move around and try to move like a primate.
A few of the zoos we went to had a small beaver colony, and I have to say these hard working animals are fun to watch, and even more fun to imitate as you build a beaver dam if you have a good supply of pillows and blankets.
We usually will head over to the bears and watch them for a few minutes, one of our favorite zoos was in Arizona called “Bearizona,” and we learned some great bear safety tips and made a fun bear cave craft.
Finally, I’d sum up your zoo animal lesson with a look at animal teeth. Almost all of the animals at the zoo have teeth, and it’s fun to predict what they eat based off of their teeth.
For all of the posts in this series head on over to Zoology for Kids.
For a great series of posts written by some other awesome homeschooling Moms (including about 3 more series on science) head on over to Summer Hopscotch 2014