Baby Animals

Welcome to Blue Bird Day’s Weekly Lesson Plans. This week we’re working on the theme Baby Animals! Read below for more themed lesson plans and activities.

Table Time Activity: Match the Baby Animals


Print animals.

Scissors to cut them out.

Skill Check

The goal of this week is to practice identifying big/small and matching non-identicals.

Growing My Skills

Increase the array (e.g., instead of 2 different pictures on the table to match to, have 3 or 4 different pictures and ask them to match). The 2nd activity can be used to expand skills by drawing a line from the big animal to the little animal.

Floortime Play Activity: Baby Animal Charades


Your child’s favorite toy animals or pictures of baby animals.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to spend time together in a playful, imaginative way.

There should be limited structure and a lot of pretending.

Growing My Skills

Sit down with your child and make all the sounds of their favorite animals.

Begin crawling on your hands and knees as if you are the animal too.

Encourage your child to pretend to be an animal.

Don’t be discouraged if your child does not pretend. Go back to making animal sounds and try again.

Build on the idea by drinking water like a cat, eating elephant cupcakes, and peeling a banana like a monkey.

Relaxation Time Activity: Mindful Breathing


Breathe like a Bear by Kira Willey – Bunny Breath (follow along as Dr. Laura Mraz reads this mindfulness meditation here)

Skill Check

The goal of this week is to practice bringing attention to breath in a fun and playful way.

Growing My Skills

Read “Bunny Breath”

Sit together in a circle and take turns feeling each other’s belly muscles working as you breath deeply and slowly.

See who can hold themselves still the longest and model slow, relaxed movements.

Creative Time Activity: Garden Sensory Bin


Dried Beans.

Small container or shoebox.

Pretend Animals.




Skill Check

The goal of this activity is for your child to engage in tactile play.

Growing My Skills

Encourage your child to explore the sensory bin.

Engage in pretend play with items in bin.

Movement Time Activity: Baby Birds




Stuffed animal to hug.

Skill Check

The goal of this week focuses on using all the muscles in your body at the same time to create a ball pose while on your back.

Growing My Skills

Have your child pop bubbles with their feet or kick a balloon while lying on their back!

Challenge your eyes by reading a book in this position, balancing the book by your knees and lifting your head to read.

Toss a ball to your child while they are on their back and see if they can kick it back to you.

Reach your right leg long with the left leg still tight to your stomach. Bring the right leg back in and try it on the other side.

Mealtime Activity: Play with Food


Novel foods.



Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to assess your child’s responses to new foods and promote exploration in a safe and supportive environment.

Growing My Skills

This might be difficult if you child is a “picky eater”. Focus on their ability to explore foods without signs of distress. Praise your child for small victories such as playing with new foods for 5 minutes!

Practice scooping foods with a spoon by having races to see who can fill up a small Dixie cup with food first.

Once filled, try moving the scooped food playfully towards your child’s face, mouth or nose (wherever the child is comfortable).

Play “restaurant” and order different variations of kabobs.

Use the fork as a “kabob” and pierce different types of food.

Ex. “I would like a watermelon, orange slice kabob.”

Take turns being the “chef.”

Sing familiar songs while practicing using utensils.

Scoop and pour soup, applesauce, or pudding to create a “rain shower” while singing “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring.”

Language Time Activity: Animal Sounds Matching!


YouTube Link – Animal Sounds for Children.

Toy Animals.

Skill Check

The goal of this week is to provide opportunity for your child to increase use, expand, and improve understanding of language through play.

Growing My Skills

Put out a few toy animals to play with, then play the YouTube link with the different animal sounds. Ask your child to match the toy animal to the sound they hear.

Consider being silly with this to increase participation and interest; take turns guessing the animals, and get it wrong! Ask your child to help you pick the right match.

Add additional questions to the activity (e.g., “Where does the animal live?” “What does the animal look like?” “Who takes care of this animal?”) to target higher level receptive language skills.

Act out animal movements to make it more playful and interactive.

Describe the animals on how they look. You can even draw the animals together to target increased expressive language.