Word List for early word users
bear, crocodile, elephant, giraffe, kangaroo, koala, lion, monkey, mouse, owl, tiger, turtle, snake.
Set up a zoo with enclosures, water troughs, feeding time and a zookeeper and visitors. Put signs on the fences and have the zookeeper drive around feeding the animals. Great way to practice animal sounds and names.
Put some people in a bus/van. Use some binoculars to look at the animals and make the sounds.
3. Vet set
Use a medical kit with the ‘sick’ animals. Put on some bandages and use the medical kit to help them.
Downloads of Images
Download zoo animals – photos – below
This is our recommended list for toddlers and preschoolers learning about animals.
Handa’s Surprise. A girl goes walking with a basket of fruit on her head. Little does she know that as she walks the animals have been stealing them! This is a visually appealing book with a nice steady rhythm and sequence. Great for preschoolers linking ideas.
Words to Try – monkey, elephant, emu, giraffe.
Words to Try – scary snake, grumpy camel, naughty monkey.
Buster’s Zoo . Another toddler book with animals to touch and feel different textures.
Lulu at the Zoo.
DK My First Zoo. Picture dictionary of lots of different zoo animals. A big range.