Then, we had them “classify” the animals based on their textures–we were so pleasantly surprised at how well the kids did with this! After just asking them for a couple of the animals, we didn’t even need to list the choices anymore! Once we would say an animal, they would call out “soft” or “feathers”, etc.
We ended the activity with a question prompt: “My favorite animal at the zoo today was the __________, because ________”. Big Brother developed a new obsession while we were there–“howard monkeys” (aka howler monkeys). So, his read, “My favorite animal at the zoo today was the howard monkey because he is just funny and funny. He jumps and swings all over the place”.