This week is Zoo Week at the Teaching Toddlers Academy. Haha! That sounds so classy! Don’t worry, we aren’t an academy – we are just regular moms trying to have a little fun with learning..but sometimes we have more fun pretending. We pretend that we are part of an academy, we pretend that we have British accents, and sometimes we pretend that we are zookeepers at the local zoo. This week, we are pretending all three of these things! Grab your little one and come with us on this week’s journey as we explore Teaching Toddlers: Zoo Week!
Click on any of the links below to get further details, photos, videos, and instructions on our activities!
Feed the Animals! The zookeepers are slacking – can your little one help keep the elephants fed?
Trunk Bubbles: Simply cut the bottom off a water bottle and pull a sock over the opening to make your trunk. Dip your trunk in a mixture of dish soap and water, then blow! Your kids will be amazed with the long strand of bubbles – and colorful patterns that happen when food coloring is added!
Handprint Art: Make a cute little elephant with construction paper, water colors, and your toddlers hand print!
Elephant Art from Finger Paints: Turn your child’s artwork into an original piece for your wall – it doesn’t just stop with animals, see what other ideas we have for you to make!
Lions and Tigers
Cupcake Liner Lions: Next time you make a treat in the kitchen pull out your extra liners to create a super special surprise for the kiddos! These. Are. Adorable.
Bow Puppet: Recycle your Christmas bows into an adorable little puppet!
Tiger-Stripers: We helped the zoo keepers paint stripes back on their tigers with some paper, masking tape, and a little bit of orange paint!
Banana Hunt: EEK! The shipment of bananas got lost in the jungle. Can you help find all 10 bananas to feed to the monkeys?
Monkey Handprint Art: Transform your little ones handprint into a playful monkey!
Monkey Sensory Bin with Video: Throwing a bunch of monkey related things into a bin (or a bathtub) isn’t that hard and it’s a great way to give your kiddo a glimpse of the jungle habitat!
We Lost Our Spots!: Help the giraffe paint his spots back on with a unique paintbrush that your toddler/child will definitely have a blast with! P.S. We have a free printable for you!
Counting Spots with Cheerios: Take snack time to a whole new level with this game and free printable! Whether your kiddo can count or not, they’re sure to find this entertaining.
Giraffe Puppet: Transform a pool noodle, a cardboard tube, and some paper into an adorable play thing!
What else did you and your kiddo do to celebrate zoo week? Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments below!