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Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Funny Animals

This week’s school age programs and activities are centered around the theme “Funny Animals." Crawl, hop, or fly into this theme as we experience what it's like to be an animal. You'll get to create your own species using your own imagination! Be sure to check out our virtual live program offerings this week!

 

READ: Howl Like a Wolf: Learn to Think, Move, and Act Like 15 Amazing Animals by Kathleen Yale

Howl Like a Wolf: Learn to Think, Move, and Act Like 15 Amazing Animals Book Cover

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What does it feel like to "see" with your ears like a bat or go through a full body transformation like a frog? Can you wriggle in and out of tight places like an octopus, camouflage yourself like a leopard, or do a waggle dance like a honeybee? This creative and beautifully illustrated interactive guide makes learning about animals fun for children ages 6 and up. Fifteen animals explain their amazing feats and invite kids to enter their world by mimicking their behavior -- an imaginative approach to learning that fosters curiosity, empathy, and dramatic play.

 

PLAY: Animal Charades

Time to bring out the actor in your kids! Write down the names of different animals on slips of paper, fold them up, and put them into a hat or a bowl. Players will pull an animal name out of the hat and try to get the others to guess the name of the animal using only gestures and motions...but careful, no words!

 

EXPLORE: Create-an-Animal

You are a zoologist and you have just discovered a new species!

  1. Set up your workspace with the materials for this project; animal print paper, glue, scissors, and cardstock.
  2. Think about your favorite animals and what makes them special.
  3. Take some of your favorite characteristics from 2-4 animals and put them together into one new animal. Can it fly like a bird and camouflage like a leopard? Does it hop like a frog with eight legs like an octopus?
  4. Use the supplies in your craft kit to create a picture of your new animal.
  5. Make sure to give it a name as unique as its abilities!

 

JOIN: To continue this week’s theme exploration, join our virtual program sessions

Junior Scientists (K-2): Penguin Problems!

If your child is into science, technology, engineering and math (or would they like to be), this is the time for them to shine. Read or talk through a STEM book with us and then we’ll do a STEM-based activity together.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – 3 pm

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – 11 am

 

Junior Scientists (3-5): Creepy Carrots!

If your child is into science, technology, engineering and math (or would they like to be), this is the time for them to shine. Read or talk through a STEM book with us and then we’ll do a STEM-based activity together.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – 1 pm

 

Junior Artists (K-2): In Mary's Garden

Does your child learn best with paint, paper, popsicle sticks and glue? Add in a book and some games and you’ve got the perfect program for your little artist.

Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 3 pm

Saturday, September 12, 2020 – 1 pm

 

Junior Artists (3-5): Elmer's Walk

Does your child learn best with paint, paper, popsicle sticks and glue? Add in a book and some games and you’ve got the perfect program for your little artist.

Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 4:30 pm


KEEP READING: Like animals? Enjoy one of these books about real, funny, or imaginary animals!  

 

 

 

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