Hello, Friends, I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything this month (been having some computer problems)
But I am back and ready to share all about our week of Zoo activities.
We played a matching game using zoo animals.
Matching games improve visual memory, concentration, vocabulary, ability to pay attention to detail and increases short-term memory.
The game we are playing is a DIY game that was gifted to us by Lola Carey over at ruumology
She handcrafted this using unfinished wooden tiles and animal stamps.
I found this neat traceable that connected animals from the same country. While the main focus of this activity was to learn pen control to help prepare her for writing, the addition of pairing the animals kept us on theme.
We exercised but not your typical kind of moves, no we exercised like animals.
I found this fun workout on YouTube and now she likes to this daily.
I surprised her with a new book. She is into Curious George lately so we read “Curious George at the Zoo”. First I read the book to her, at least three times (she really likes this book) and then she decided to read it to her Curious George Stuffed animal.
We gave the guy our tickets to scan, went through the gates and asked our daughter “what would you like to see first?” “The gorillas!” she replied. After that, we realized she could tell us what she wanted to see and from then on we let her choose which animals we would see.
She asked questions about what they were eating, she laughed while some were playing, she mimicked the sounds they made and at one point she noticed we were using a map and asked to look at the map. She kept pointing at the map like she really knew how to use it, good times.
This isn’t our first trip to the zoo but this definitely was one to remember and I believe doing all of these activities helped prepare her to have a more engaging time at the zoo.
What are some activities you do to prepare your child(ren) for the zoo?