Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tot School [Tuesday] Volume 16

How many zoos does it take to get to the center of a toddler's heart?

L'il Keller-Man and I managed the Detroit Zoo [our third in three months!] on Saturday afternoon. We arrived with our special Animal Cards in hand, so as to compare the photos with the actual animals.

What I discovered was Keller's new found interest in the whole zoo process. Prior to this visit, at other zoos, when we'd arrive at an exhibit, I'd have to engage his senses for him. This time, he 'got it' ~ and was quick to ask to be lifted up to see whatever creature was before us!

Also, he was quick to sign as well as attempt to speak the names of the animals. Definite evidence of a growth curve on his part! Gorilla's [g-la-la's], horses [oses], and fish [ish] were among our sight-seeing adventure.

Llama's and camels held his attention for quite sometime, as did the lemurs, meerkats, and monkey's.

When we arrived at the rhinoceros, however, Keller's educational gear kicked up a notch ~ he turned in his stroller to quickly find the o-ring and gathering of cards thereon! He scrolled through them with his tiny hands. I did end up having to assist him . . . but it was a thrill watching him equate the animal in front of him with information on a card!

I chose not to take any pictures yesterday, due to the overabundance of photos from our Columbus Zoo trip . . . but rest assured ~ learning continues in our Tot School attached to Life Adventure!


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Susana said...

Thanks for sharing the Animal Cards--we frequent our zoo and I can't wait to use this idea!!

DeLynn said...

I don't know if you will have time while you are in the area, but the Toledo Zoo is amazing! When we lived in Ann Arbor it was definitely our zoo of choice. :) (Detroit is fun, and is the zoo I grew up visiting, but Toledo is wonderful!)

~ Angi :) said...

I did not know Toledo had a zoo, DeLynn! Thanks for the heads up! I will check it out!

You are welcome, Susana! Enjoy! :)

TheRockerMom said...

The animal cards are a wonderful idea. Our boys received a zoo membership for their birthdays from my nephew and his wife. I'll be using something like this when we go the next time. Thanks for sharing!

jd6405 said...

I love the idea of the animal cards on a ring!! We are planning a trip to our local zoo soon so I will be creating one the these!!!

Myztic said...

the animal cards sound like a great addition to a trip to the zoo. Now i want to go to the zoo but Its freezing cold here in south africa

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