3 Ways to Teach Your Preschooler About Animals

The alphabet, numbers and counting, body parts and shapes—helping your preschooler learn to explore and identify the world around him is one of the best parts of being a parent. One of the earliest sets of facts you can teach your child is familiarity with various animal species, the sounds they make, and the areas of the world where they live. (Bonus: learning about animals is actually an early introduction to biology!)

With that in mind, here are 3 of our favorite ways for you to teach animals to your preschooler:

Go see them in real life

This is one of the best ways to translate animal concepts into reality for your child. Going to a petting zoo can be a good way to get started. (If your toddler is a little nervous about up close and personal contact at a petting zoo, try holding her until she gets more comfortable.)

If you decide to visit a bigger zoo, keep your trip on the shorter side to keep your toddler interested and engaged. Also, consider visiting an aquarium!

If you don’t live near a zoo or an aquarium, you might find live animal exhibits at a nature museum. You can always stop by your local pet store, or contact a nearby farmer to see if you could bring your child on a tour.

Use books

Here are a few resources for preschool workbooks and picture books about animals:

Also, ask the children’s librarian at your local library to help you find some of her favorite animal books for preschoolers.

Play games

Stuck inside on a rainy afternoon and need a new way to engage your child’s mind? Toddlers and preschoolers always love games, especially when a parent plays with them. Try one of these ideas:

Animals are one of the most fun things to learn about with your child. We hope you enjoy exploring some of these ideas and learning together!

Take care,
merka family

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