Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Feeding the animals

I used this activity before reading the book, Please DO Feed the Bears by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.Please Do Feed the Bears

Activity: Feeding the Animals
  • Pictures of bears (or other animals)
  • Cardboard box (shoebox size)
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Uncooked pasta (I've used macaroni noodles or Penne noodles)
Preparation: Cut out pictures of bears (or other animals).I got my cute bear from the back of a Teddy Graham Box.  Glue one to each side of a box. Cut a hole where the animal's mouth is located. Loosely tape one side of box so it will stay closed while your child is playing, but could open up later.

To play: Give your child a handful of dry pasta. Model poking the pasta into the animal's mouth to feed the animal.

It totally looks like my teddy is smokin' something but I wanted you to see how the pasta just pokes right in there.

My son is 2 years old and he loved doing this over and over and over.
Variation: I also made one of these when we were reading books about zoos. On each side of the box, I glued a different animal. We then were the zookeepers and fed each animal.
I'm linking this up at Childhood 101, we play.

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  1. Hi Jackie,

    Thanks for stopping by NurtureStore and leaving a comment. You're right - so important to include lots of open ended play. I'm going off to explore more of your blog now - glad we linked up.

  2. How fun!
    That's a great idea! :)

  3. What a cute idea! I can see plenty of fun for little ones here, and it stops themfrom putting stuff in their own mouth for awhile LOL

  4. great idea!
    we did something similar Feed the Caterpillar and used the the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The kids had so much fun!

  5. I love this idea! :) so simple and yet so engaging for little ones! And the zoo idea is totally awesome! :)

  6. Such a simple idea but clearly one which young toddlers would love!

  7. I'm going to let my group of little ones roll a number cube and then feed the bear that number of noodles.

  8. Love this! I think I'll have my group of little ones roll a big number cube and feed the bear that number of noodles.

    1. I love that idea. I'm going to give it a try with my boys! Thanks for sharing Julie.