Tot School: Zoo

The last two weeks were a little crazy over here with everyone taking turns being sick. So we took a little extra time to finish our zoo theme since we were having so much fun with it.  Sorry for the delay, we hope to be healthy and back on track here on out!
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So here were our plans for the Zoo theme:

And here is what we actually did:

Our favorite books this week were:
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo By Eric Carle
Elephants By Sydnie M. Kleinhenz
Lions By Catherine Ipcizade
Zebras By Catherine Ipcizade
Giraffes By Catherine Ipcizade

 Draw & Stamp Zoo: 
I found this set of zoo animal stamps from Melissa & Doug and knew it would be the perfect inspiration for Madelynn to design and draw her own zoo. She drew trees, leaves, grass, water and even a slide for her penguins, then stamped away with the cute little animals.
  Elephant Craft: 
I cut out the pieces for this elephant ahead of time and then had Madelynn glue them together. Afterwards I plopped a few globs of blue paint onto the paper and Madelynn blew them with a straw to make it look like the elephant was blowing water out of her trunk.
 Handprint Giraffe: 
I helped Madelynn make a yellow hand print first. Then she used a paintbrush to add a long neck and head. Then she used a q-tip and her fingers to make the giraffe spots.
   Zebra Painting: 
Lots of fun process art this week.  For this zebra, I cut out the pieces ahead of time for Madelynn to glue together.  Then she used a q-tip to paint stripes and finally she added a few snips of black and white striped yarn to the tail and head to finish him off.
   Paper Plate Lion: 
Paper plates always make for cute and easy crafts.  For this lion Madelynn first made snips all the way around the plate to add a little 3D effect for the mane. Then she painted the center of the plate yellow and the outer part of plate orange. After the plate was nice and dry I gave her pre-cut pieces of construction paper to create the lion's face.
Zookeeper Says: 
For this activity, I pulled out the dice from our Bear theme and recycled it into a new game.  We played simon says with animal actions! I would say "Zookeeper says move like a ___" and roll the dice to fill in the blank.  Since the dice were from Brown Bear we crawled like a bear, flapped wings like a bird, galloped like a horse, hopped like a frog, swam like a fish and waddled like a duck.
Elephant Tidy Up: 
For this activity, I blew up a long balloon to use for an elephant trunk.  If you don't have a long balloon you could also use a pool noodle or even a few paper towel tubes taped together.  Then I taped a rectangle on the floor and scattered ping pong balls around the room. Madelyn tried to use her trunk to push the balls into the rectangle.
 Zoo Animal Round Up: 
We have this awesome set of alphabet zoo animals from Fisher Price that have letters on them so I knew I had to find a fun way to use them this week.  I hid them all around the yard and since they have capital letters on them, I wrote the alphabet in lower case with sidewalk chalk for Madelynn to match them to. She had fun running around the yard trying to round up all the animals in the zoo.
  Zoo Animal Snacks: 
I had a lot of fun creating these adorable snacks for Madelynn this week. Here is what we made:

Elephant Sandwich: Cut out with zoo cookie cutter and add a few peanuts

Cheesy Giraffe: Colby Jack cheese stick neck, provolone and cheddar cheese pieces for the head, celery for the grass, food coloring pens and candy eyes for the final details

Monkey Crackers: Spread Ritz crackers with peanut butter, add a Nilla wafer for the mouth and one half on each side for ears, use food coloring pens and candy eyes for the final details

Lion Face: Spread Ritz crackers with peanut butter, cut thin slices of yellow and orange peppers/carrots for the mane, use candy eyes and mini/regular chocolate chips for the face.
 Build a Zoo Bin: 
In this bin: White beans, alphabet zoo animals, plastic fences, trees
 Play Dough Animals: 
In this bin: colored play doughfoam pieces for stripes & spots, googly eyes, snips of yarn for hair/manes/tails
 Zoo Animal Slime: 
Slime Materials:
  1. 1 teaspoon borax powder
  2. 1 1/2 C water, divided
  3. 4 oz (1/2 C) Elmer's glue, clear or white
  4. food coloring

Slime Recipe:
1. Add borax powder to 1 cup of water and stir to dissolve. 
2. Pour glue into a medium mixing bowl and add 1/2 C water. 
3. Add a few drops of green food coloring and then stir to mix glue solution until smooth.
4. Pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture. Stir for a few moments and then use your hands to finish mixing. Discard excess liquid in bowl. 
5. Add small plastic animals for hiding in the slime.
Feed the Animals Bin: 
In this bin: popcorn seeds,  alphabet zoo animals, green pouch tops, small cups and spoons

 That's it for this week, next week we're learning about insects!

And here are the themes that will be coming soon:
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Activities, you can find them all here:


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