Here’s a fun way to learn about animals in all kinds of ways.
We’ve started a collection of animal beanie babies for the younger kids and it’s turned into such a fun and educational collection.
We get them at thrift stores for about .50 each on average. They make just about every species you can think of.
We have a robin, moose, fox, beetle, rhino, loon, starfish, zebra, aardvark, dragonfly, squirrel, goldfish, seal, lobster, elephant, butterfly, gecko, snake, blue jay, flamingo, giraffe, poodle, ladybug, fox, wolf, black bear, raccoon, koala , octopus and lots more.
We keep them in a large basket in the living room and just about every day we find a new way to make an educational game out of them.
For instance, I’ve asked the little ones if they can sort by whether they live on land or water, the ones who lay eggs from the ones who give birth, by birds and bugs and mammals and so on.
Or sort by how many legs they have, whether they have scales or fur or feathers, whether they hibernate, whether they’re carnivores or omnivores or herbivores, or whether they can be found in our part of the world……
There are so many ways to use them. I’m thinking we could even work language arts and such in (sort by syllables in their names or whether they start with vowels) and social studies (sort by continents). You get the idea!
Fiona (four) loves to line them up and make up her own games with them too. And since they are pretty small, they don’t take up much room.
They also work for bean bag games and are fun to toss back into the basket to clean up. 🙂
All five of the kids now look at every thrift store we visit to see if there are any new ones to add to our collection. Even I have fun looking for fun new species to add!