Summer of Fun – Animal Activities

Week two of our Summer of Fun… animals, animals everywhere!   We have stomped, roared and laughed our way through the week!

 

Here’s a quick reminder of what we’ve been up to this week:

Making Mondays Trip out Tuesdays Wacky Wednesdays Thinking Thursdays Foodie

Fridays

What’s your favourite animal?  Can you make a picture of it? Take a trip to a farm or zoo Elephants stomp, snakes wiggle and kangaroos jump!  Can you move like an animal? How do penguins stay dry?  Let’s find out with wax crayons and water!

 

Make a slice of toast into an animal using fruity toppings!

 

Here are the highlights of our Summer of Fun animals week…

We made button animals on Making Monday.  Mr Z explored sticking his buttons onto sticky back plastic over a picture of a snake, and Miss N used a butterfly outline to create her button masterpiece.

 

I also sneaked in an extra make, with this gorgeous elephant handprint keepsake.

 

Gemma had an inspired spot for her animal movement game on Wacky Wednesday – the airport departure lounge!  A fantastic example of having fun and helping to pass the time!  I wonder how many other passengers fancied joining in with the game?  Can you beat her idea for a strange location?

 

Mr Z’s imagination was encouraged with a Dear Zoo storytelling basket.  We even learnt the BSL sign for camel, so we can now sign all the animals in the story and have a go at making their sounds – ROAR!

 

Thinking Thursday was a little gentler this week!  Miss N carefully coloured in this penguin using wax crayons (the fewer gaps the better).  We gently sprayed it, and a blank penguin with coloured water, and compared the results!  We extended our experiment by putting on waterproofs and using an umbrella, and spraying each other with the hose.  Never say science is boring!

Another delicious end to the week, with fruit turtles and animal toast on Foodie Friday!

 

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Reading Safari

Lots of fun has been had at out house with our new safari garden play game. It is quick to set up and great fun to play which continues after you have to go and do more adult things like cooking dinner. It is also a fantastic way to get those little brains exercising with some pre reading skills.

I began by simply hiding the animals in the garden for Pook to find.

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She loves a bit of paper and a pen so I found an old clipboard and made a check-list for her to tick off when she found each animal.

 

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This was a really simple way to build up some pre reading skills. By looking at text and pictures and matching them with the animals she was finding Pook was developing her matching skills which are pretty essential for reading. Pre reading skills are important as they lay the foundations for when a child starts to read using phonics and word recognition. Pre reading teaches the skill of knowing that text has meaning and in English is read from left to right.

Meemoo too enjoyed looking for and finding the animals, working on naming them and making the sounds the animal makes. It was giving her the opportunity to name objects, her major way of communicating by stating what something is. it also gave me the opportunity to develop this speech by repeating back what she said and talking about what the animal was doing.

We played initially a couple of times taking tuns to hide the animals and each other finding them. Next morning this fun new game had to be repeated and Pook insisted that she needed binoculars which were super quick to make out of two loo rolls, some tape and some string so we could wear them round our necks.

All in all a fun time was had.

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