Image result for farm animalsWe LOVE doing Animals August.  Here are some possibilities for Theme Weeks:

  1. Farm Animals Week (Fair Week)
    • visit fair, visit a ranch or farm, watch farm movies, play with My Little Ponies, pigs in a blanket, Old MacDonald, White Fence Farm, Bellview Park
    • pick an animal/day to focus on – horse (Ps 20:7), pig (Prodigal Son), cow (Ps. 50:9-10), birds (Matt. 6), sheep (John 10), Donkey (Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem), goat (Matt. 25)
  2. Ocean Animals Week
    • Aquarium; Tropical Discovery, polar bears, seals, sea lions, penguins, and otters at the zoo; eat fish and goldfish; Happy Feet, Surf’s Up, Jonah; Play Zoo Tycoon and build a water zoo
    • focus on a different animal each day – whales, dolphins, penguins, tropical fish, walruses, seals and sea lions, etc
  3. Wild Animals Week
    • watch Jungle Book I and II and The Wild, Racing Stripes; learn about Safaris, play Safari by hiding stuffed animals all over the house and use a flashlight to find them, pretend to BE wild animals, eat animal crackers, visit the zoo and only see jungle animals, make an animal photo album with pix you take at the zoo, play Zoo Tycoon)
    • focus on a different animal each day – lions, giraffes, tigers, elephants, zebras, okapis, bears
  4. Pet Animals Week
    • visit the Buddy Center and Pet Co, buy a fish to keep as a family pet, talk about different pets people own, borrow pet books at the library, watch Beethoven
    • focus on a different animal each day – dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, turtles, guinea pigs, fish
  5. Mountain Animals Week
    • watch National Geographic movies about animals that live in the mountains, go for a hike in the mountains, read books about mountain animals, color pictures of different animals
    • focus on a different kind of animal each day – deer/antelope/elk, moose, gophers and groundhogs, chipmunks and squirrels, rabbits, snakes, buffalo

A fun idea mentioned in Wild Animal Week is to make your own photo album (or dictionary) of animals you study or see.  We also tie in animals to Alphabet Weeks and I taught my #3 a different animal for each letter or the alphabet.  Fun to tie in to this theme!