If you are like me “Let’s Go to the Zoo” (and stomp like the elephants do, jump like the kangaroos do, swing like the monkeys do, etc) will be stuck in your head all week. If you haven’t heard that song yet, just go to YouTube and search Super Simple Songs Let’s Go to the Zoo. You’re welcome. Or not haha!
In general, I like to plan ahead for about 8 activities per week – ranging from art to literacy to math and science skills and usually some fine and gross motor skills squeezed in there as well. Most of what we do comes from Pinterest but I do get ideas from Instagram as well. Then it all goes into my planner.
Originally “Zoo Week” for us included:
- Fork Painted Lion
- Playdoh Animals
- Zoo Animal Yoga
- Zebra Painting
- Animal Cracker Math
- Z is for Zoo Letter Hunt
- Elephant Stomp
- Paper Plate Snake
- Trip to the Zoo (with possibility of scavenger hunt included)
The ones I’ve bolded are the ones we accomplished and I’ve linked to our photo evidence for most of them. Our trip to the zoo got derailed when we rescued a tiny kitten in our backyard last weekend but that’s a story for another day!
Our art and activity center is not as comprehensive as others but it seems to explode on a daily basis nevertheless. I try to stick to more uncomplicated projects though for sanity’s sake. Also my son is still only 2 so I’m sure as he gets older our activities will reach new depths.
Below I’ve listed supply lists for each activity above-
Fork Painted Lion:
- Construction Paper or Paper plate
- Paint (We chose yellow, orange, and brown for ours)
- Googly Eyes
- Animal Shaped Cutters
Zoo Animal Yoga
- your bodies!
- Construction Pape (can use black or white as long as you have the opposite color paint!)
- Black or White Paint (see note above)
Animal Cracker Math
- Animal Crackers
- Counting cards/Number cards if you have them (not necessary but a nice component to this counting activity. I found ours at Target.)
Z is for Zoo Letter Hunt
- Bubble Wrap
- Blue or Gray Construction Paper
Since we didn’t get around to doing this one I will explained for those interested. It is a simple gross motor activity in which you cut out an elephant shape (or alternatively elephant feet shapes) and tape them on top of bubble wrap for the children to stomp on. See more details of this activity HERE.
Paper Plate Snake (*side note – every time I write or type snake I want to write snack haha food on the brain!)
- Paper plate
- Markers or Paint
- Googly eyes
If you decide to try any of the activities compiled above and are on Instagram please use the hashtag #savvysprouts so we can share the love!
Coming up this week we are working on a “Camping theme” for our activities and will hopefully get some kitchen time in for August’s #kidsinthekitchen campaign for Kids Eat Right month. Be on the lookout for more updates coming soon.