One of their favorite questions is, "Mom, what do they like to eat?" Again, the zoo has a their display board to show what they eat not only in words, but pictures so it easy for children to understand. For example, some types of birds like to eat insects, worms and fish so the board would show a picture of each.
In the children's play area at our zoo is an area where you can feed and brush goats. Recently we were there and met a goat with horns, which made the boys think of the book, "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." They were very excited to feed and pet what they called the biggest Billy Goat Gruff.
We were learning about secondary colors, so my husband had a great idea to have the boys tell us animals they found that were purple, orange, and green. Here is a picture of what the boys found! (an orange tiger, purple fish and a green snake shedding his skin!)
Here are some other ideas or questions to ask while at the zoo:
- How many spots do you think the leopard has? What color are the spots?
- What letter does that animal start with?
- Your child can learn how to use a map. (Coordinates, areas of the zoo) Have them direct you what area to go to next based off of the zoo map.
- What do you think the bear likes to eat?
- What region do you think the deer lives in?
- What does the duck like better? Water or the land?
- Which animal is bigger, smaller, more tall...
- What is your favorite animal? Why?
- Review colors of animals if you have children with you that are under the pre-k age.
- How many animals do you see in this exhibit?
Chances are if your children are anything like mine, they will be asking you a million questions once you get to the zoo! What is your favorite spot at the zoo? Can you think of anymore ideas or fun things to do with your children when you go to the zoo? Leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.