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  • Cristi Wuenschel

Learning About Zoo Animals with Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of zoo animal activities with text: Zoo Animal Activity Ideas for Preschoolers

This month, our theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) is A to Zoo Animals, which means we're having a blast learning all about animals while reviewing the alphabet in our preschool classroom.

When we get to the end of our preschool curriculum kit, sometimes we enjoy revisiting some of our favorite activities from the month.

Today we're extending play by learning about animal homes (from our Day 5 topic, E is for Elephant).

preschooler coloring animals in their habitat on paper using markers

The children were reading in groups to the younger children about different habitats as well as drawing pictures of the habitats and some of the animals living there.

We also did the Inside an Elephant STEAM activity from the Experience Early Learning Teacher Guide. The children love these fun and engaging STEAM investigation stations.

elephant shape on floor made using tape with variety of toys on tape lines

Using tape, we created a large elephant outline on the floor and encouraged the children to build within that shape using a variety of materials.

Another one of our favorite STEAM activities this month was Alligator Teeth. We used golf tees and playdough to make an alligator mouth full of teeth.

preschooler pushing golf tees into playdough

This STEAM station was perfect for discussing how alligator teeth are similar and/or different than ours.

We talked about how many teeth we think an alligator has as well as what an alligator might eat.

preschooler making sheep process art using cardstock and cotton balls

Another favorite this month was the S is for Sheep invitation to create. The children used cardstock, crayons, and cotton balls to make sheep-inspired art.

It was definitely a great month filled with lots of zoo-themed alphabet fun. Don't forget to check back next month to see what we're up to with our Art Studio Experience Preschool theme.

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