On this page you will find links to activity sheets, videos and writing shit printouts you can use to help keep the children keep up with our education!
Materials Needed: watercolor paint, brushes, paper
Encourage the children to paint a picture of their pet, a pet they’d like to have or a made up pet!
Write down their dictation of their painting as well!
|Rainbow Fish Pet
Materials Needed: Bright paint colors (watercolor paint is perfect!), paper, brushes, googly eyes, glue and one small piece of aluminum foil per child.
After reading Rainbow Fish, the children make their own, complete with a shiny scale!
Add stuffed animals or plastic animals to your block area for some imaginative pet park building!
Circle Time (Theme Conversation):
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
I’m thinking of a pet….
This is an I-spy type of guessing game!
I’m thinking of a pet that has 4 legs, ears, and barks (or an moos!), etc.
Who Makes That Sound?
Bring a recording of different animal sounds (either you can record the sounds on a tape with pauses in between or ask a parent or group of parents to collaborate on this project!).
Play the sound and pause the tape as the children guess the animal.
VARIATION: There are many CD’s available with animal sounds on them. You could also use one of those “See and Say” toys! You can use YouTube as well.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
For a snack today, provide animal crackers.
As you all share snack, talk about the crackers and how they would take care of them if they were pets.
What would a lion need? A rhinoceros? A giraffe? Where would they sleep? What do they eat?
Have your child use different materials to create a nest for any animal. You can work on making a bird house using an empty milk carton an yarn.
Provide stuffed animals, bandages, doctor kits, large white shirts (for doctor coats), clipboards and crayons
Large Group: (Working with a sibling if any)
If you have a large appliance box, let the children help you decorate it and turn it into a pet house.
Provide stuffed animals and use this inside or outside! The children can take their pets for walks, runs, etc. and then place them in the house to rest (of course, the children will want to be in the house with their pets!).
Materials Needed: magazines, scissors, glue, markers, large paper
As children come to the writing table, encourage them to draw or write about pets on the paper or to find, cut and glue pictures from the magazines onto the collage paper.
Read Aloud: (Some of the books are on Youtube)
Book Suggestions for the Library
Many of the following books are available at your local library. You can also click on the title links to see what Amazon has available.
(I LOVE Amazon, and if you choose to get yours there, they do send me a few cents–which supports my coffee habit!)
Arthur’s Pet Business (An Arthur Adventure) by Marc Brown
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Pets by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Go, Dog Go (I Can Read It All By Myself, Beginner Books) by P.D. Eastman
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Oh, Tucker! by Steven Kroll
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Pet Store (Peter Spier’s Village Books) by Peter Spier
Too Many Rabbits by Peggy Parish
Whistle for Willie Board Book by Ezra J. Keats
LOTS of NON-FICTION pet books!