It’s a zoo in here!

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is visit the zoo.  Lions, and tigers, and bears!  What’s your favorite animal to see at the zoo?

Books:

Zoo-looking

Zoo Looking by Mem  Fox

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Peek-a-zoo!

Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti

 

Click Here to Find These Books on the Heights Library Catalog

 

Rhymes & Fingerplays:

Zoo Animals (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you want to be an eagle, flap your wings

If you want to be an eagle, flap your wings

If you want to be an eagle, if you want to be an eagle

If you want to be an eagle, flap your wings

If you want to be an elephant, swing your trunk…

If you want to be a giraffe, stand up tall

If you want to be a lion, roar out loud

If you want to be a monkey, jump up high

 

Elephants Goes Like This and That

An elephant goes like this and that

He’s terribly big

And he’s terribly fat

He has no fingers

He has no toes

But goodness gracious what a nose!

 

At the Zoo  (I’ve included the movements I did, but you can also act out this rhyme with puppets)

At the zoo, we saw a bear (shade eyes, then look surprised)

With great big paws and shaggy hair (hands like claws, touch hair)

At the zoo, a zebra we found (shade eyes, then look surprised)

With black and white stripes all around (crisscross hands in front of body)

At the zoo, a giraffe so tall (shade eyes, then look surprised)

It could look right over the top of the wall (hands at eye level, lower under chin as though peeking over a wall)

At the zoo, the monkeys run (shade eyes, then look surprised)

And jump and swing having lots of fun!

 

Waddling Penguins

Penguins, penguins having fun

Waddling in the winter sun

Waddling fast and waddling slow

Waddling to and waddling fro

Penguins, penguins having fun

Waddling in the winter sun!

 

 

Art Project:

The fierce lion is one of the most amazing animals to see at the zoo.  For our project this week, we made a handprint version of this majestic creature.  Kids dipped their hands into yellow paint and pressed it onto a sheet of paper.  They then received a yellow circle, which was the lion’s head.  Kids drew on eyes, a nose, whiskers, and so on and cut little slits all the way around the circle to make the lion’s mane.  They then glued the circle onto the handprint.

 

*Photo taken from Busy Bee

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