Activity Plan Mixed Ages: Animal Antics
Help chlidren get "moo-ving" with this activity
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
- books that focus on animal sounds, such as those listed below
- chart paper and marker
- listening skills
- gross motor
- creative thinking
Share a book that focuses on animal sounds. Invite children to join in when reading the different animal sounds. Afterward, ask them to recall the animal sounds. Record the name of the animal and the sound it makes on a sheet of chart paper.
Ask children to think of other animals and the sounds they make. Write down the list on more chart paper. If they can't think of a sound for a particular animal, encourage them to make up a sound. Review the entire list of animals and invite everyone to join in on making the sound for each.
Invite children to choose one particular animal that they would like to be. Suggest that they don't say the name of the animal, but when it's their turn, make the sound of that animal. Continue until everyone has a chance to make their sound, and then invite the others to guess which animal is being mimicked.
Next explain that they will have an animal jamboree. Tell them that you will count to three and then everyone will make their animal sound until you ring the bell that will signal them to stop. Then ask them to sing a familiar song, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or "The Alphabet Song" using their animal sounds instead of words.
Invite children to stand up and think about how they can move their bodies like their animals. Encourage them to think about how a rooster or cow might move. Once they create their movement, ask them to move while singing their animal sound song. You can even record their animal songs.
Remember: Some children may need to observe the activity before they can engage in this type of imaginative play.
Outside Orchestra. Ask families to take a walk in a park or backyard area to observe and listen to the sounds of nature. Suggest that parents ask their child to listen to the different sounds and then try to identify them. Ask: "How many different types of sounds can you hear?"
Curriculum Connection: SCIENCE AND ART
Animal Collage. Suggest children paint a sky, ground, water, and a few trees on a large sheet of mural paper. Next, create a list of the different types of animals that are found in each area. Provide them with drawing materials to create animals for the different areas. Invite them to cut and paste the animals onto the mural.