In my wildlife movement dice post, I mentioned how fun it can be for children to pretend they are animals. Because that post was so popular, I thought I’d create another similar activity. Below you will find part one of my animal puppet series.
These puppets should predominately be used for unstructured play but they can also be help to encourage discussion on Australian animals, predator-prey relationships and facts about each species.
Here are a few educational dialogue examples that you can use while role-playing with your child.
- I’m a bird of prey, look at my huge talons.
- I’m going to get some dinner. What shall I eat tonight? Possum, lizard, or I might just eat some insects flying on the wing.
- I’m not like all the other owls. I’m crepuscular; I fly around at dawn and dusk.
- I’m a lady beetle and I eat aphids.
- I’m an insect, see I have six legs.
- I’m not poisonous but I trick my predators into thinking that I am with my brightly coloured back!
- I am a reptile, I have scales on my shell and I’m ecothermic.
- My hard shell protects me from my predators.
- I’m a marsupial. I have a pouch.
- Numm numm numm, Eucalyptus leaves are tasty!
- It’s daytime? I’m tired. *yawn*
You might also want to learn to bellow like a koala.