THE PERFECT PET (Episode
When Shun gets permission to have a pet, every animal sets out to convince him that they're the best kind of pet. What kind of animal will he pick?
Ideas to Grow On: Be a Good Friend
Pets need good friends, too! Help your child discover the world of pets and the responsibilities that go along with having a pet by gathering information and exploring new places. The following activities nurture:
- critical thinking and problem solving skills
- science and discovery skills
- language and literacy skills
If you had to help your child choose a new pet, what kind would it be? Exploring the world of pets can introduce your child on the wonderful world of animals and the many responsibilities that go along with pet care. Set aside some special time for you and your child to:
- Visit your local animal control facility
- Arrange for a pet store employee to share their daily duties
- Take a tour of your local veterinarian clinic
- Research the "pets" and the "lost and found" sections of the newspaper
All About Pets!
With a Group:
Involve children in these fun learning ideas that focus on pets:
- Ask children to describe their pet or a pet that they would like to have at home. Encourage them to imitate pet sounds and movements.
- Show pictures of common pets like dogs, cats, and birds. Stir their imagination by showing them pictures of unusual pets like snakes, iguanas, or undomesticated wild animals.
- Identify pet characteristics by using picture clues. Example: A cat meows; a dog _________. A cat has paws; a fish has _____________., etc. This is a fun way for children to identify animals while also discovering the world of common and not so common pets!
Learn more about the joy of pets by reading:
Clifford's Kittens by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic)