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Directions: Cut out a large gorilla shaped hand from the black paper. (an actual gorilla hand print can be seen at http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/export/sites/default/common/documents/Education/Gorilla_hand_print.pdf).
Glue the cut-out hand print to the white construction paper. Paint or press hand in white paint. Then, press painted hand onto black gorilla hand. Compare the differences in hand sizes.
*Those from Washington state may want to take this opportunity to share about Ivan, the gorilla that lived almost 27 years in a concrete enclosure at the B & I store in Tacoma.
Imaginative play is important for brain development. Creating a mask and pretending to be an animal may spark questions such as, what would this animal do? Where does the animal live? What do they eat?
We made our mask out of a paper plate and string. We colored a face and added a little bit of tulle as grass.
P is for Pig
This activity can be used for any word. "O" for octopus, "F" for fish, etc. Give the children a letter and allow them to be creative with things that start with that letter.
Example: Things to give children while creating with the letter P, pennies, pink, prickly, etc.
This sensory project allows children to feel the soft "wool" as they wrap the yarn around the lamb. This activity also promotes hand movement and muscle growth. Cut out a foam sheep. Allow children to give their sheep an eyeball and its fur.
Literacy extension to “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen and for animals, “The Carnival of the Animals" (Book and CD)Jack Prelutsky(Author), Camille Saint-Saens (Creator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
The Zoo is filled with animals found in the alphabet! Here is a game to play connecting first sounds with animals in the zoo.
Instructions: Place the animals and letter in two small baskets. Go through each animal and help the child find the first letter sound of the animal’s name.
NOTE: As children become proficient in their understanding of phonetics you can expand knowledge by looking for last letter sounds. Go through each letter card and sound it out.
Have the child choose either a letter or an animal. Place it on the table in front of them. Repeat the first letter in the name of the animal, or the letter on the card.
Support children as they find the animal or letter to match their initial choice of an animal or letter.
Extension: Once children understand and can do this game on their own, have them work in pairs.
Here is Fun Way to Play 5 Little Monkeys!