Is your child a big animal lover? With busy summer schedules, it can be difficult to make trips to the zoo or adventure into the wilderness, but there are lots of other ways to learn first-hand about animals and nature. Discover the wonders of the Animal Kingdom through fun activities centered around our planet’s diverse wildlife and their habitats.
A free resource and fun activity that allows you to view animals all over the world is through live streams of wildlife cams. Explore.org offers a variety of live-cams of animals in their natural habitats.
Another fun activity to check out is an AmazeumYou activity, Nature Walk. Click here to watch how you can investigate the natural world right in your backyard and discover there's more to see when you take a closer look!
Need a creative challenge for your animal-loving child? Origami is a timeless activity that is a great way to introduce your child to the shapes and features of different kinds of animals. Animal Origami by Yoshio Sato is an instructional book that includes over 50 sheets of origami paper to make a variety of paper animals. Using the Unit Origami method, your child can create basic shapes that will assemble into a complex animal such as an elephant, penguin, lion or kangaroo. Click here to get Animal Origami at Curiosity Corner, the Amazeum’s museum store.
A great way to learn about animals and nature is through science! Discover life
Would you like to help your child discover what it would be like to work with animals for a job? Careers such as a zoologist or a veterinarian are perfect for anyone interested in caring for animals and using a STEM learning kit makes learning fun and can spark an interest in animal science as a career path. The
Future Veterinarian Kit is a hands-on science kit that includes over 10 engaging activities that will teach little learners the ins and outs of veterinary science. Walk in the shoes of a real veterinarian by learning procedures such as learning how to suture a foam dog. Discover different animals’ anatomy by uncovering X-rays of horses, lions, giraffes and more. Click here to get the Future Veterinarian Kit at Curiosity Corner.
The natural habitats of animals are just as important as the animals themselves! Help foster learning about animals through discovering the nature around them. Hydroponics, a process of growing plants without soil, is a great way to learn about plant life cycles and growth. Did you know hydroponics can be used to improve nutrition of the plants animals can eat? Click here to read an article by Garden Culture Magazine about how hydroponics is proving a solution to reducing the cost of zoo animal feed and at the same time increasing the nutrient value of their diet. The Way to Grow Hydroponics Kit