For our end of the year field trip this year, we took our kids to the zoo. Earlier in the week we asked each child which animal they wanted to see the most, and then made masks with paper plates, construction paper, and yarn of each child's animal so that they could wear them at the zoo.
5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree
Need: green construction paper, brown construction paper, stamp pad, markers or crayons
Pre-cut "Tree booklets" for children. I used construction paper and 3 patterns stapled together. Type out the rhyme in versus : 5 Little Monkeys swinging in a tree, teasing Mr. Alligator "Can't Catch Me!" Snap! That Monkey right out of that Tree!)
Each child has a tree book pattern. Ask each child to write the number 5 on the cover, 4 on the next page, 3,2,1,0. (May take extra supervision to be sure the numbers are on the appropriate pages.) Children then make thumbprints on their tree to match the numbers on each page. (5 thumb prints for the 5 on the cover) After all of the thumbprints are made, the children should add arms, legs, tails, and heads. When finished children add each verse to the trunk of each corresponding page.
Five little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree, Teasing Mr. Alligator, "Can't catch me." Along comes Mr. Alligator quiet as can be... SNAP! that monkey right out of that tree.
Versus are the same for 4,3,2, and 1
Five Monkeys in a Tree
Read book. As a math activity choose 5 children to be the monkeys. Ask the children to jump like they were on the bed - sing the rhyme that's in the book - choose a child to fall down - everyone counts how many "monkeys" are left.
Snake in the Grass
need: 3 white pattern snakes as long as the width of the green construction paper, green construction paper, scissors, markers or crayons
each child decorates 3 white snakes to their liking. When finished, children fold green paper like a taco. Cut through crease in paper 3 or 4 times but not all the way through - (so that the children can weave the snakes in and out of the paper) Children weave the snakes in and out of the paper.
Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
need: book Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, patterns of different types of laundry labeled with letters, numbers, shapes, etc., large fat boa pattern
Children trace and cut boa constrictor pattern on construction paper. Then they choose the wash that their boa ate - if the wash is labeled with letters the children put the letters in alphabetically order, or find the letters in their name. If the wash in labeled with numbers, the children put the wash in numerical order on the snake.
On a large piece of yellow paper, draw the outline of a giraffe, add the eye, mouth, and tail also. Have the children tear shapes from brown construction paper. When they have all of the spots that they want, have them glue on their spots. If they want to cut their giraffe out let them, but you could also just leave it they way it is.
On a white piece of paper draw the body of a flamingo. Next have the children rip pieces of pink tissue paper and glue the pieces onto the flamingo. You will also need black tissue paper for the eye, beak, and feet (at least that is what my preschoolers did).
From blue construction paper cut out the peacock's body, head, and two feet. From yellow construction paper cut out it's beak. Have the children glue all the body together. Have them draw on an eye with a black marker. Next using colored feathers let them glue on feathers on the peacock's body. I just let them glue on the feathers where ever they wanted to. But my example peacock just has the feathers on it's behind and some along it's back. They do turn out really cute.
You need a small paper plate. Let the children color their plate gray. Out of gray construction paper cut out the ears and trunk. Glue or staple on the ears and glue on the nose. Fold the nose down so that it's folded and looks wrinkled. After that have the children draw on the elephants eyes.
At the water table, use a spray bottle filled with water to imitate an elephant spraying with his trunk.
Accordian fold a piece of black construction paper. Cut into a letter I shape, being sure not to cut the folds (use the whole sheet). Unfold and place atop pictures of animals to make a cage.
Purchase zoo animal cookies. Have children place three small blobs of green playdough onto the middle part of a paper plate. Stand 3 different animal cookies into the blobs so they are facing outward. Then take a plastic strawberry basket and put it over top...it looks like the animals are in cages! I traced the square for the basket with a pencil and put a few drops of white glue there so the basket wouldn't fall off. The kids thought this was great. Then you can glue small strips of green tissue paper on the outer edges of the plate to look like grass.
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