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    Product Review by Play Inspired Mum: Mum & Bub Play Pack

    DIY Mother and Baby ABC Animals Look Book

    We love exploring the animal kingdom!

    Learning about the names of baby animals and matching with their mummies was a great opening to so many educational activities

    How we started out

    After laying out the baby animal posters, we matched babies and mums together making their noises as we went.

    Miss 4 was struggling with the wiggles so to make the matching more of a whole-body experience, we scattered the animal cards across the floor.

    Jumping up and down from the floor to the table worked a treat at keeping her engaged with the activity, even when she was restless!

    Posting by Attributes

    We repurposed some formula tins to create a hand eye coordination, posting activity.

    This early numeracy activity had the girls searching for similar characteristics and behaviour patterns of each of the animals.

    We sorted by
     - Stripes vs no stripes
    - 0, 2 and 4 legs
    - Land dwelling or water dwelling
    - Wings vs no wings
    - Carnivore, omnivore or herbivore

     Miss 7 became completely engrossed in this activity.

    She loved taking charge, showing great leadership skills and resilience, explaining to her sister what attributes they were looking for. They took turns and showed a lot of patience with each other.

    Matching Mummy and Baby

    Repetition was a focus with assisting the girls to remember the names of each baby animal.

     We turned them into a song:

    🦉 “Mummy owl has an owlet, owlet, owlet. Whoo, whoo, whoo!”

    🐘
    “Mummy elephant has a calf, calf, calf. Moo, moo, moo!”

    Even with 32 animals to match, singing along helped them stay on task.

    Starting with first sounds and remembering our phonics practice in Stage 1 CVC lessons, Miss 4 was thrilled to be able to ‘read’ some of the animal names.

    By the end, she was recognising the duplicate baby animal names by sight.

    Memory Game

    We built on visual memory by flipping the cards face down, taking turns to flip two cards over to match Mummy and Baby. If they did not match, they were returned face down.

     Using all the cards at once was overwhelming so the girls picked six animals each to start with and built up from there.

    Educational Benefits

    This printable Animal Mother and Baby Activity Look Book has been a centre point of our play space this week.

    The animal play theme has opened up so many conversations and learning opportunities while exploring the animal kingdom.

    We have built on
    ✅ vocabulary
    ✅ general knowledge
    ✅ early number skills
    ✅ communication skills
    ✅ compromising and negotiation skills
    ✅ resilience
    ✅ hand eye coordination
    ✅ visual memory
    ✅ phonics
    ✅ visual scanning

    So much gained through play and the kids have loved every activity!


    🌟 About Dani D - Play Inspired Mum

    Dani is a busy mum, pre-service teacher and has her own blog, Play Inspired Mum aimed to inspire creative play ideas, encourage the love of reading, share yummy meal inspiration, offer tips to make your household eco friendly and remind you that you are not alone on this wild rollercoaster of a journey known as parenting! 

    She loves houseplants, giant chunky cookies and all things play based, incorporating learning experiences into every day! 💖

    DIY Mother and Baby ABC Animals Look Book

    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+
    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+

    DIY Mother and Baby Animals Interactive Play Pack for 2yo+

    $9.95 AUD

    🐍🐬🦓 Did you know a baby rabbit is called a kitten and a baby snake is a snakelet?!

    So many different animals to learn as well as what their babies are called - some will surprise you! 💖

    This pack includes: 30 single sided pages

    ✅ 8 pages - 32 Animals and their babies (labelled)

    ✅ 11 pages - 32 Animal Puzzles to match the parent to the baby.

    ✅ 11 pages - Templates to Velcro on the puzzles if required.

    Activities & Play Ideas:

    ✅ Learn all about what babies are called in the animal kingdom

    ✅ Cutting + fine motor skills: get your little one to help cut the cards in half

    ✅ Have fun matching up the babies to their parents!

    ✅ Sort into animal groups based on what their young are called, features, where they live, what they eat, what noises they make etc

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