A great and fun way to spend the holidays with your children is a visit to the zoo! Besides having fun, parents can take the opportunity to turn the visit into a learning experience! Parents can discuss about the different types of animals, their features and habitats while inspiring their children to develop a love for animals and nature.
Before going to the zoo, discuss these with your child:
- What do we need to prepare for a visit to the zoo?
- What animals do you want to see?
- What do we need to take note of at the zoo? For example, how should we interact with the animals, what are the safety issues to take note of.
- Optional : You can also do some research on the animals online before the visit.
- Go through the checklist with your child and discuss if there are any other items to add to the list. Encourage your child to pack his/her own backpack according to the packing list.
- Encourage your child to draw the animal he/she wishes to see most.
During your visit to the zoo:
- Discuss the differences between two animals with your child. Write down or draw the differences.
- Ask a variety of questions or provide clues and guide your child in making meaningful observations. Encourage him/her to think about the features, movements, food and habitats of the animals.
- Follow up with more questions: why do different animals live in different environments? E.g. Why can penguins and polar bears live in extremely cold regions.
- While interacting with your child, introduce relevant facts of the animals.
After the visit:
- Encourage your child to talk about some of animals that he/she has seen at the zoo such as what are the characteristics of the animals etc.
- Go through the activity sheet and let your child choose two animals to discuss the differences between them.