Where Do I Live?

by Deb on October 16, 2009

This is another concept you can pull out any time you need something to do for 5 minutes, although it can get bigger and bigger!

Books:

There are plants and animals in every children’s book – we had one with just colours and shapes, and my kids managed to find the ladybird on the logo!  For younger kids the more realistic ones are easier, but for older kids you can have the conversation about whether mice really do ballet.  Don’t forget plants!

  • When you are reading to your little baby forget the text, tell them about the picture.

Dog!  Dogs live in a house. Dog! Dogs say Woof. Dog!

Apple!  Apples grow on trees.  Apple!  We eat apples.  Apple! They’re green and red.  Apple!

  • Older babies loooooove pointing.  When they’re sick of pointing to the fish, mix it up a bit.

Who lives in the water?
Who lives in the tree?

  • Toddlers can start finding similarities.

The parrot lives in a tree.
The eagle lives in a tree.
Who else lives in a tree?

  • They can start to get a bit more specific too – look at things that live in Africa, or Australia, or Antarctica.
  • For school kids, get even more specific – it’s not just underwater, it’s a pond or a river or the sea.  And it’s not just a fish, it’s a trevally or a garfish or a trout.
  • Start asking questions –

Why do you think a penguin lives near the water?
Why do you think Eagles build their nests up high?
Why do you think lizards live under rocks?

Computers and Craft:

This is a great place to use Google Image Search!  Find pictures of animals in their natural habitat.

  • Print them out and use them to make a collage – imagine a big piece of blue paper with lots of underwater animals glued on.  Or a big tree on the cupboard door.
  • Make a diorama.
  • Make backdrops for a puppet theatre – a big box with no front or back, scenes drawn/sewn/stuck onto material that is attached to the top back and can be let down.  Then use your toy animals as puppets.

Role Playing:

  • This is not just for the big kids!  A great way of improving co-ordination is to get babies to crawl over ‘obstacle courses’ so why not pretend to be mountain goats?  Or be little mice hiding from a cat?  Or monkeys climbing the trees? And while they’re nice and small is the perfect time for them to fly.
  • Toddlers love being chased or chasing, so you can play as tigers.  Or pretend to be birds and swoop around in the clouds, or swim through a coral reef.
  • Once they are more co-ordinated, how about pretending to be a snake or a snail?
  • Challenge your big kids – can they be a flower?  It doesn’t mean just sitting there!  Start as a seed, grow, open, turn to the sun.

Using a question like “Where do I live?” as a focus is a great way of finding a small change that will make an activity new and fresh – for yourself as well as your kids!

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