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

Table Time Activity: Animal Shadow Matching


Jungle Animal Shadow Cards PDF Download.

Skill Check

This activity uses a child’s spatial skills, object recognition, and visual discrimination abilities.

Growing My Skills

Print out template.

Cut out animals.

Match to coordinating animal shadow on the worksheet.

Floortime Play Activity: What Zoo Animal Are You?


Face paint or animal masks.

Animal ears.

Medium size box (for cage) or cushions (for a “stage”).

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

Use available materials to assist the child in creating an animal character.

Use a photo reference, if needed.

Paint ears or whiskers on your child (ask them if it feels okay first!), put on animal ears, or wear a mask.

Cut a hole out of a medium-size box and have the child sit in the “cage,” as if they were in the zoo. Ask them what does a tiger (hippo, etc) act like?

Extend the play by “feeding” your animal within their cage.

Relaxation Time Activity: Never Ever Shout At the Zoo


Never Ever Shout in a Zoo Read Aloud Youtube Video.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to slow down and engage quiet time and listening skills during read-aloud activity.

Growing My Skills

Can your child point out the theme of the book or label a favorite part?

Is your child familiar with the character within this video; if not ask if he/she can see his favorite character doing these activities.

Creative Time Activity: Circus Animal Cage Project



String or ribbon.

Paint or markers.

Plastic animals.

Colored felt or nature pictures (to add to background).


The Pa-Paw Patch Homeplay Idea Zoo Animal Cage.

Skill Check

Let your child’s imagination soar with his favorite zoo animal. Build a “zoo home” that your child’s favorite animal would love. Does it have food and a lot of trees, or match it fur? There is no wrong answer!

Growing My Skills

Gather your materials.

Poke holes into the shoeboxes.

Using coloring materials, let your kids decorate the boxes however they’d like.

Attach and tie strings.

Add animals.

Movement Time Activity: Animal Walks


Animal Walk Ideas.

Skill Check

The goal of this week is to use your body to walk like animals at the zoo!

Growing My Skills

Reference visual for animal walk directions.

Your child may benefit from watching you do it first.

Have fast races or see “who can go the slowest” to really work on motor discrimination and motor planning.

Show your child how many trials they need to complete by transferring toys from one end of the hallway to the other, or transfer puzzle pieces to the puzzle board on the other side of the room.

Be silly and creative – making up walks for all your favorite animals.

Mealtime Activity: Eat Like Your Favorite Animal


Ingredients: 1/4 – 1 serving of your animal’s favorite food.

For example: monkey = banana, parrots= sunflower seeds, giraffe = leafy greens, Penguin = fish (you can use gummy fish if needed), Rhino = fruit & berries. Rabbit = carrots. Guinnea pig = leafy greens.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to try new or nonpreferred foods in a playful manner like animals in a zoo!

Growing My Skills

Wash and prepare foods your child wishes to consume.

Have an “all done” bowl or garbage can nearby for easy disposal.

Spend time eating and acting like the animal. This doesn’t have to be a sit-down activity.

You can get messy, you can sniff, lick, bite, chew, and spit out the food!

Anything to pretend to play like an animal and try new foods.

Language Time Activity: Pretend Trip to the Zoo


Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire Youtube Read Aloud.

The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom “Let’s Go to the Zoo” Youtube Read Aloud.

Skill Check

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

Growing My Skills

Read Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire Youtube Read Aloud and The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom “Let’s Go to the Zoo” Youtube Read Aloud (Depending on your child’s language skills, you can read the words from the page or use your own words to provide a simple description of the pages).

Describe what animals you see at the zoo.

Allow for your child to also make comments on the pictures.

Create your own zoo with legos, working together.

This activity allows for language skill targets like turn-taking, requesting, following directions.

Work together to build one zoo enclosure or build your own and use describing language to talk about yours to model language for your child.