Pets – My Messy Box

Pets

Activity

Materials Needed

 

 Introductory Activity

 

 

 

 Focused Activity

 

 

 

 

 

  • What Do Pets Need Scavenger Hunt Supply List (available for download)
  • Color Pencils
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Box
  • Stuffed toy pet
  • Items that pets need:

o   Pet treats

o   Food or water bowl

o   Collar

o   Toys

o   Ball

o   Leash

 

 

 Bonus Challenge I

 

 

 

 Bonus Challenge II

 

 

·       Ball/s of yarn

 

 

 Sensory Play

 

 

 

  • Empty bin/container
  • Coloured rice of your choice
  • Feeding cue cards (available for download)
  • Small recycled bottles
  • Spoon with a small feeding end
  • Scrap paper
  • Tape
  • Small bowl
  • Any pet animal toys/figurines that you may have at home

 

 

Introduction : Pets

Objectives

  1. Explore and discover animals that are considered as pets

  2. Develop confidence in speaking through show and tell

  3. Identify animals by their names through matching

  4. Differentiating between pets and non-pets

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Place animal toys/figurines in a basket or on a play mat

  • Print out pet activity booklet in booklet form

  • Print and cut out animal mini cards to be pasted in booklet (set printer to print 2 pages per sheet)

 

Activity 1:

  • Parent engages in a show and tell session with child

    • Parent chooses a pet animal figurine and shares with child e.g. “This is my pet. She is a cat. Her name is Kitty. What is yours”

  • Allow child to another animal toy/figurine

    • If child chooses a pet animal, encourage child to share information about it like how you did

    • If child chooses a non-pet animal, parent prompts child by asking “Oh what do you have there? Are you sure we can keep it in our house? Is it safe for us to keep it at home?”

    • Guide child to discover that only certain animals can be kept as pets and some others are better left in the wild

 

Activity 2:

  • Complete the activity booklet together with child:

    • Match the mini animal cards to the corresponding animal on the page of the activity booklet. Then glue them in the red square at the top of the page

    • Parent reads out the sentence on the page and gets child to colour the answer before going on to the next page

 

 

Focused Activity: What Do Pets Need Scavenger Hunt

Objectives

1. Children will engage in purposeful play to reinforce their learning of what pets need. Pet items such as pet treats, food/water bowl, collar, toys and leash will be placed around the house for children to discover and learn more about.

2. Show care and respect for living things.

 

Materials Needed

  • What Do Pets Need Scavenger Hunt Supply List (available for download)

  • Color Pencils

  • Pencil

  • Eraser

  • Box

  • Stuffed toy pet

  • Items that pets need:

> Pet treats

> Food or water bowl

> Collar

> Toys

> Ball

> Leash

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Begin by printing the scavenger hunt supply list for your child.

  • Next, gather the corresponding supplies. You can use toy pet supplies that you have in your dramatic play centre at home or real products from your kitchen.

 

Activity:

  • Place your supplies in a box, along with a stuffed toy pet.

  • Then, give your child a copy of the supply list and invite him/her to take turns choosing an item from the box and matching it to the items pictured on their list by putting a tick against the image shown.

  • For a more traditional scavenger hunt, you can have your child look for items around the house.

  • When your child has chosen his/her items and matched them to their lists, ask him/her what they think each item is for and why is it something the pet needs.

 

Bonus Challenge I: Pets Bingo

Objectives

1. Put three things in an order according to BINGO predetermined patterns in order to win the game.

2. Take turns with others.

3. Use nouns to refer to ideas and concepts when talking about animals on the BINGO cards.

4. Follow 2-step verbal instructions.

 

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print out different BINGO cards for each child/player plus a call sheet. Cut out the call sheets and put the rectangles into a hat or bowl. You may wish to laminate the cards for extra durability and for future use.

 

Activity:

  • Hand out one BINGO card to each child/player (each card should be different).

  • The caller should pull out one image square, describe it and show it to the child/rest.

  • Your child may place stickers/coins/pom pom balls or something similar on the called image if it’s on their card.

  • Once a predetermined pattern is made on a card, the person with that card calls out “BINGO!”

  • Extension: try and guess what sounds each of these pets make.

 

Bonus Challenge II: Pet Obstacle Course

Objectives

1. Navigate obstacles by changing direction or level (e.g. crouch to go under a yarn)

 

Materials Needed

Ball/s of yarn

 

Directions

Prep:

  • For younger children, you may want to help them set up an obstacle course using balls of yarn.

  • For older children, you may give them balls of yarn to tie the ends at different locations in the house (on furniture, on doors, etc.)

 

Activity:

  • One at a time, children will find a way to get to the end of the obstacle course while crawling like cats.

  • At the end, they can drink milk or eat pet food left in small bowls under a table, just like kittens or puppies.

  • You may wish to change up the activity by calling out an aimal and have your child imitate the action of the animal called out while going through the obstacle course.

 

 

Sensory Play : Feed The Pet Sensory Bin

Objectives

  1. Understand that pets need to be fed and taken care of well

  2. Strengthen fine motor skills specifically eye-hand coordination

  3. Recognise numbers 1-10 and count them out in correspondence

 

Materials Needed

  • Empty bin/container

  • Coloured rice of your choice

  • Feeding cue cards (available for download)

  • Small recycled bottles

  • Spoon with a small feeding end

  • Scrap paper

  • Tape

  • Small bowl

  • Any pet animal toys/figurines that you may have at home

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Dye rice in a food colouring of your choice

    • to dye any type of sensory base, follow the steps in this video

  • Pour out dry coloured rice into an empty bin/container

  • Accessorize the bin using materials suggested in the materials list

  • Print and cut out feeding cue cards before adding them to the bin

    • You may punch a hole in the top left corner of the cards and bind them together using a key ring to keep the cards together neatly

 

Activity 1:

  • Pretend to get the pet food from the store

    • Use the spoon to scoop the rice into the bottle

    • Using a spoon with a small feeding end makes it easier for child to fully scoop rice into the the small opening of the bottle

    • Fill the bottle half way up or to the top

  • Pretend to buy different types of pet food

    • Scoop rice into different types of bottles: fat, short, tall, thin ones etc

    • Optional: To make it more interesting, decorate these pet food bottles by wrapping scrap paper around it before labelling what type of pet food it is

 

Activity 2:

  • Introduce the feeding cue cards into the play

  • Prompt child to identify the number on the card before proceeding to feed the pet animal with the corresponding number of spoons

    • After identifying the number, pour out pet food from filled bottles (from previous activity) onto the spoon. Then transfer the pet food from the spoon to the bowl. Pet animal will then pretend to eat from the bowl

    • Pouring from the bottle onto the spoon allows child to develop control over pouring (Parent may need to assist during this process)

    • Repeat for remaining cards and for other pet animals that you may have