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Growing up with pets can help children develop a sense of responsibility, which contributes to their self-confidence. Relationships with animals can help them develop non-verbal communication skills, as well as compassion and empathy towards both animals and people. Children often talk to their pets as they do to their stuffed animals, contributing to their verbal communication and self-expression skills.
This week of LeapFrog activities is designed to inspire new experiences with animals and to consider themes of responsibility and compassion. Here’s to making some new fluffy friends!
Start a conversation with your camper about what pets need and what it means to be responsible for a pet. Then collect things from your house and from friends and neighbors to donate to your local animal shelter. Many animal shelters accept pet food, old towels, bath mats, blankets, bedding, cleaning supplies and chew toys.
Take a picture with your pet or your shelter visit for our weekly contest!
Design and build a birdhouse using a cardboard or plastic milk carton. This activity will challenge your child to think about what birds need (shelter from predators, something to stand on, and so on). Through hands-on projects like this, kids gain experience with engineering concepts.
Take a photo of your finished birdhouse to enter our contest!
Create a bird feeder with your camper using suet and peanut butter. Then spend some time observing the birds that visit. Research the birds in a book or on the Internet to find out more about them. Try hanging the feeder in different areas. What time of day do the birds come? What happens when several birds show up at once?
Take a picture of your feeder for our weekly contest!
Congrats! Your camper's a Tip-Top Tailwagger!
This weekend, visit the zoo, county fair or farm to find out more about our animal friends. Extend the learning by looking for animals that start with a single letter and write them on a list (find a lion, llama, leopard, lizard and lemur!). Or try to find an animal for every letter of the alphabet. Prepare some questions in advance to boost learning opportunities.
Go wild with even more animal adventures:
If you think that learning should always be in season, you’re right! Studies have shown that when students return to school after a long summer vacation, they've lost about one month’s worth of learning.†
LeapFrog Summer Camp is designed to keep the learning going all summer long through exciting weekly themes and free, do-anywhere learning activities that explore geography, writing, science, art and more. Sign up to receive a Summer Camp email every other week.
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