Whether your’e going to the zoo or learning about zoos and wild animals from home, there is so much to discover and explore! We recently finished our zoo theme for this year, but I’m always collecting new ideas and planning for future themes. I can’t wait to see what new resources and ideas everyone has to share this week.
One activity I couldn’t wait to try during our zoo theme was this edible zoo from Blog Me Mom. Not only is the finished product awesome, I love how the whole process was led by the child with a little help from mom. It inspired me to set up this fun invitation to create.
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While the kids gathered some of our zoo animals, I set up large pans to hold the kids’ zoo creations.
Around the pans I set up different edible items they could use to design their own zoos:
- puffed rice cereal
- chocolate cereal
- blue and green gelatin
- broccoli florets
They couldn’t wait to get started. We didn’t talk too much about how they would design their zoos, but they quickly began to discuss which foods would be snow, which would be grass, etc. And, to my surprise, nobody dumped all of the foods in the center of their pans in a giant mess! Although that would have been fine, too.
Once they were happy with they layout of their edible zoos, they were eager to move the animals in.
They spent quite a while playing with the animals, giving them baths, and helping them make new friends with the other animals.
And, of course, there was a little taste testing a long the way…
… and A LOT of eating when playtime was over!
Simple set up, easy clean up, and lots of fun! I hope you’ll give the idea a try sometime soon.
After so many requests from my kids to try this again, we created an edible fish sensory bin that’s perfect for summer sensory play or an ocean theme.
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Feed the Monkey Counting Game
2) Lion Ten Frame Counting Mats
3) Zoo Animal Measurement, Sorting, and Patterning Pieces
4) Zoo Beginning Sound Sort
5) At the Zoo Emergent Reader (2 variations)
6) Zoo Animal Upper and Lowercase Animal Matching Puzzles
7) Zoo Animal Matching Puzzles
8) Zoo Animal Counting Cards
9) Zoo Roll and Graph Counting Game
10) Zoo Animal Word Building Mats
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