Lions and Tigers and Zebras Ė Oh My Spend a Fun Day at Zoo
When was last time you took your kids to zoo? Do you remember how much fun they had, and do you remember how much you enjoyed watching their faces light up when they watched penguins being fed, or chimpanzees chasing each other around exhibit? Isnít it time you packed up your family and headed to nearest zoo?
A day at zoo isnít just a fun way for entire family to spend day, but also a great opportunity for you to teach your child about all sorts of stuff. There is of course obvious, like naming different animals with your preschooler or reading exhibit signs with your school-age child. Letís take a look at some other teaching opportunities.
If you are taking a preschooler to zoo, talk to him about what sounds different animals make. Ask him what sound monkey makes and then ask him to listen to animal. Donít forget to praise him for how closely he imitated a monkeyís call.
There are also plenty of opportunities in Zoo to talk about colors. What color is lion, how about flamingo? You can also count animals with your child. How many elephants can you see? Another idea is to talk to your preschooler about what a particular animal likes to eat. Some of his suggestions may be outright funny. My little cousin figured that flamingos only ate cotton candy, since they were so pink.
For a school-aged child, questions should of course be a little more challenging. Talk about where animal originally came from. You can leave it at continent, or look at exhibit signs to figure out what country exactly they came from and then ask your child what continent that country is in, what climate is like and also how this particular animal has adapted to climate. For example, a polar bearís coat is white so he blends in with all snow and ice.