Preschool Zoo Science

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Common Animals Characteristics
Submitted by Lydia Hamburg
Describe body parts and physical characteristics of common animals, e.g., animals with fur, animals with feathers, animals with scales. Have your children name animals that have those characteristics and then graph them.
Zoo Food
Submitted by Linda
Find Several different Types of Food that Zoo animals eat (leaves, fruit, etc.) Next find several zoo animals (pictures or plastic ones) and have the children match the zoo animals up.
Monkey Obstacle Course
Submitted by Candice
Create a course similar to the ones Monkeys have at the zoo use branches for the children to climb over and under. Let them climb across the monkey bars, while making monkey sounds, and climb a vine (a hanging rope)
Are You as Tall as a Penguin
Submitted by Janice
Get a life size penguin from your local school supply store and measure the kids against it to see if they are as tall as a penguin
Zoo Habitat
Submitted by Larry
Supply children with 3 bowls filled with grass, hay and water. Give children many different types of zoo animals (pictures or plastic ones). Have them place each animal where they think they would most likely find them living in.
Submitted by Pam
If you have a window in your classroom set up an observatory next to it. Place binoculars and bird, insect, and animal books next to the window so that your students can view real birds. See if you can see any of the animals that they have at the zoo!
Submitted by Tammy
Put an Aquarium in your room full of fish. Children love to watch the fish swim around. Hint: Don't use ocean animals as they are much harder to take care of.
Elephant Food
Submitted by Julie
Find Several different Types of Food that Elephants eat (leaves, fruit, hay, peanuts, etc.)
How tall and heavy is an elephant
Submitted by Tarah
Measure the weight and heighth of each of your children Then tell them how much a baby elephant weighs, tell them it would take the whole class to weigh as much as a baby elephant
Elephant Counting
Submitted by Helen
Make a circus ring and several elephant cut outs. Put some of the elephant cut outs in the ring. Then ask your children "How many elephants are inside the circus ring?" Then remove some of the Elephants and ask your children "How many of the elephants stayed inside (or left) the ring?"
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