Have you noticed that your little one has a particular fondness for furry friends? Whether they just love the family pet or all creatures, the love of animals is a great trait to have and support. Including this passion for animals into everyday activities can be a fantastic learning opportunity for teaching subjects likes responsibility, kindness, and even natural science! From learning about animals to actual animal care, their attachment to pets and wildlife can easily be supported and creates an excellent opportunity for family fun.
Positives of Pet Ownership
It doesn’t matter if they own a fish, a house full of furry friends, or a just collection stuffed animals; pet ownership can positively influence your little animal lover’s development. Taking care of a pet obviously teaches your child about responsibility, but it also teaches them how to nurture. Pets are often a source of unconditional love with provides your child with a “safe” friend to talk to and love. Pets also encourage children to be more active and social. From running with the dog in the backyard to playing with a friend’s hamster, animals require activities that are healthy to both the pet and owner. Perhaps due to space or family allergies, your child can’t own a pet. No worries! Maybe your child can visit pets of friends and neighbors; they can demonstrate to them how they take care of the pet and maybe let them join in for some activities. Consider adopting or sponsoring a pet at a local zoo! Your child can even help raise the money to cover the cost of the support. A trip to visit “their” animal is sure to be a blast!
Ideas for Motivating Their Passion
From chasing lighting bugs outside to taking care of their favorite stuffed cat each night, your child will naturally find ways to explore their love of pets. Of course, spending time doing family activities is always important. Consider these ideas on how to combine your child’s love of animals with your family fun time. These activities are sure to entertain as well as educate and create extraordinary family memories for both you and your child.
- Visit a zoo, farm, aquarium, nature preserve or local science center
- Consider owning alternative pets like an ant farm or sea monkeys.
- Pet-sit (a great way to trial run before adopting a pet of your own)
- Let your child be a vet with the Nici® Wonderland Doll: Veterinarian Set
- Take a nature walk while bird watching
- Watch a live stream of an animal from a zoo
- Visit animals at the pet store
- Visit a dog park (with or without a dog. Just asking before petting!)
- Create adorable pets with the Magnutto™ Junior Make a Pet™ Magnetic Activity
- Visit a petting zoo or butterfly garden
- Watch a film starring an animal while munching on animal themed snacks (like animal crackers and ants on a log)
- Go on a virtual experience with the Genuine Ant Farm® Antopia Adventure™ Virtual Explorer
- Create a zoo with stuffed animals and cardboard box “cages”
Leave us a comment below and tell us your child’s favorite animal-themed activity.