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  • Motor All Skills

Animal Fun

Recognizing animals and their names

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Have the child name an animal with 2 legs - look for pictures of kangaroo, monkey, ostrich, penguin, etc.
  • Ask the child to think of an animal that begins with B - bat, baboon, bear, bird, etc.
  • Find a picture of an animal beginning with B and put into 3 ring binder behind the letter B (Easy way to find pictures is to type “Free pictures of animals” in an internet search engine)
  • Ask the child to think of an animal that begins with F - frog, ferret, firefly, fox, etc.
  • Find a picture of an animal beginning with F and put into 3 ring binder behind the letter F
  • Pictures of the animals can be printed out or the child can draw his own

Simplify

Before you begin, show a selection of pictures of animals whose names begin with B and F.  Let the child choose one animal for B page and one animal for F page in the binder.

Extend

Visit this website for an unusual animal whose name begins with B.

Visit this website for an unusual animal whose name begins with F.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Can you tell me what letter of the alphabet comes before the letter B?

Why do you think some people don't like animals?

Materials

  • pictures of an animal with name beginning with letter B and F
  • 3-ring binder - began animal binder Month 1 Activity 5

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle
  • Color - Blue
  • Number - Two, 2
  • Alphabet Letters - B, F
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Joyfulness
  • Target Words - Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Monthly Proverb

Unknown  “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day."

Did You Know?

“A 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.”- Sean Brotherson, NDSU

Books to Read

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
Eric Carle (Activity 12)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas Read/Listen (Activity 8)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault Read/Listen (Activity 4)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
by Eric Carle Read/Listen (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"Jump Up It’s A Good Day"
by Brady Rymer Album Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Children) (Activity 10)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes "
by Countdown Kids Album 100 Silly Songs (Children) (Activity 24)

"Joyfulness"
by Nabil David Huening Album Children’s Virtues Songs (Children) (Activity 13)

"If You’re Happy and You Know It "
by Dora the Explorer Album Party Favorites (Activity 26)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
by Super Simple Songs video (Activity 24)

"If You're Happy and You Know It"
by Super Simple Songs video (Activity 26)

"Joyfulness"
by Nabil David Huening video (Activity 13)

"Jump Up It's A Good Day
by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could video (Activity 10)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Touch Your Nose

(Activity 25 Month 2)

Touch your nose, touch your chin, That’s the way this game begins. 

Touch your eyes, Touch your knees; Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.  

Touch your hair, Touch one ear; Touch your two red lips right here.  

Touch your elbows where they bend, 

That’s the way this touch game ends.