WE ARE GOING TO THE ZOO!
Going to the Zoo. Really.
While an actual trip to visit the animals might have to be postponed, zoos and aquariums all over the country are offering a glimpse at their inhabitants via stream from live webcams. Here are some of the places you can visit with the little ones from the comfort of your sofa, a rug or a play mat. Don’t forget to bring your own snacks, but please, don’t feed the animals!
San Diego Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoo
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Aquarium of the Pacific
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Paper Plate Fauna
Paper plates are round, study, cuttable and paintable, which makes them the ultimate crafting material. A panda’s head, a peacock’s tail, a cute baby chick are just a few of the cool things that you and your little one can build with the help of paper plates. Add two cutouts for the eyes, and you have a one-of-a-kind animal mask! Don’t be afraid to bring in other crafting techniques: paper plates painted with marbles, for example, can become very fancy fur or insect wings. If you can schedule a crafting hour with your little one every day, your collection of cute paper plate animals (or insects!) can help you grow a zoo of your own. For ideas, take a look at ECDA’s past crafting projects. Pinterest is another fantastic source of inspiration.
Written by Marilee Hartling, RN, LMFT and Yelena Tokman, AMFT
Image by https://www.firstpalette.com