Friday, May 17, 2013

Pet Ideas

Not everyone can have a pet or may not have as many pets as they'd like. That is the case in our house. Our cats have decreed that fish are not pets, but dinner. Here are some fun ways to play with pets without getting one of your own!

Sorting: Sort out other groups of stuffed animals. There must be at least two members in each pile. How did you sort your animals?  

Critter Clinic: Start a veterinary office. Your child can pretend to be a veterinary and give their stuffed toys a checkup. You can use a small clipboard to keep notes on how each pet is feeling.

Puppy Chow: You can make a fun snack called puppy chow. Take 1 bag of chocolate chips, 1 cup of peanut butter, and 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it in a microwave. Pour in a box of Chex cereal, stir until it is coated well. Finally add 1 bag of powdered sugar, put in zip lock bag and shake till everything is coated well. Now you have edible puppy chow!

Make your own pet: Grab a nicely shaped rock and make a pet rock. Add paint and googly eyes. Where does your pet live?  What does it need?

Field Trip: make a trip to the pet store and look at different pets. Most everyone is familiar with cats and dogs, but what about other pets? What do they eat?  What does a lizard eat? What do birds eat?  What about fish? Where do they live.?  Which animals like to play?  How do they do that? 

Song: Sing Old MacDonald but use pets. What sounds do pets make?  Dogs and cats are easy, but what about a rabbit?  What sounds do lizards make?

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