8 Ways to Introduce Toddlers to Animals
Animals are of constant fascination to children, you’d know that if one of the first words your child said was “bhow bhow”. To their innocent mind, an animal is a friend, an equal with the same feelings and emotions, perhaps that is why the sooner you introduce them to animals the more likely they are to grow into empathetic, kind adults.
But that doesn’t mean you have to own a pet to introduce your baby to animals, here are some interesting ways to introduce them to animals, their natural habitat and habits.
Singing rhymes is a fun way to introducing toddlers to anything and one that has a lasting effect on their memory. You can never go wrong with “Old Mcdonald had a Farm”, oink and moo along the song for the most fun-tastic experience. You may also want to explore Kidsparkz
To the Zoo / Petting Zoo
Children love visiting the zoo and what better form of learning than by observing the wild in their space. If your city has a petting zoo – it is highly recommended that you take your children there. Children will be able to touch and play with animals and in turn will also develop a fondness for them.
And if it’s too hot to go to the zoo, then you can always use your imagination to bring it to your room. Get down on all fours and let the child in you take over. Quack around like a duck or let your roar reverberate through the room.
Indulge in a picture book and lose yourself in the beautiful colors. Sing and dance with the animals and become a part of the jungle.
Make your own animal puppets / origami. Weave a story around it to capture the attention of the child.
Animal fables have been a part of our oral tradition since time immemorial. We’ve all grown up with the tale of the mouse who freed the elephant or the thirsty crow, stories that have passed over generations and still remain to be our faithful friends. NutSpace teaches children through theme and story based learning and does cover EVS and Animal themes in a very elaborate manner.
Drawing, coloring, activities
‘Join the dots’ to draw your own giraffe and then color it according to your mood or circle the odd animal out. There’s quite a lot of animal activity options online. You can even subscribe to activity kits like Flintobox. Flintobox works on a subscription model and each box has DIY kits, stories etc. Here is a sample worksheet for your children.
Pin the tail on the donkey, Doggie Doggie, where’s your bone? or the good old fashioned Animal Charades, take your pick!