Last week all of the boys and I met my mom at a wild animal park and took a safari bus ride through the hoofed animal area. My mom and I were concerned that Olympus might be bored but he had just as much fun as Yukon and North. Sometimes it is easy to forget in a world of brand name clothes and electronics that no one can resist a giraffe’s soft nose eating out of your hand- teenagers are still human after all! It was a wonderful somewhat spontaneous outing that ended up being age appropriate for everyone. Savannah animals ended up being our focus for the week and it was a lot of fun to come up with some fun activities that went along with this.
Activities of the week:
Wild Animal Park Safari Bus Ride
Spotting the Giraffe and Striping the Zebra
Read: The New Alphabet of Animals by Christopher Wormell
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul Zelinsky
Watched: Planet Earth: Deserts and Jungles
1. Wild Animal Park Safari Bus Ride
We had so much fun doing this and seeing the animals cemented what they were in Yukon’s mind. Prior to this he would get confused between a zebra and a horse and a giraffe was not worth looking at, but now he talks about them all the time. Experiences like this are the best kind of learning experience. Not everyone has this kind of park available to him but there are lots of similar options available in most places. When Olympus was little we lived on the coast and he loved to go to an aquarium in a nearby city that had the tanks that you could reach in and touch everything in- he knew all the types of animals in there before he was three.
2. Spotting the Giraffe and Striping the Zebra
Art: Hand Control/ Colors; Science: Vocabulary
For this art project I drew an outline of a zebra and giraffe and Yukon filled them in with spots for the giraffe and stripes for the zebra. North colored in copies of these as well, he recognized the animals from our trip and had fun giving them some more exciting colors and patterns. The PDF’s for this project are attached: Zebra and Giraffe Outline
Reading and Writing: Listening to stories, Letter awareness; Science: Vocabulary
The boys enjoyed the books for this week. North liked the Peek-A-Boo Jungle book the best and Yukon thought Z is for Moose was hilarious and liked naming off the animals he knew in The New Alphabet of Animals. I think it is important to expose the boys to lots of different books and text. Research shows that learning letters happens best/ easiest when taught in an authentic manner (as in exposure in context). Yukon is very interesting in letters right now so we will probably start spending more time on letter activities.