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Dec 14, 2007

Making Sense of Animals

Making sense of animals from Birmingham Nature Centre  
Teaching young children about animals 

This was initially devised as activities for a nursery week in June. The time the children spend in the centre is divided so that they have time to look at the animals and also have the opportunity to handle materials in the classroom. They are also told the story of the Hungry Fox and his search for something to eat. They are told of the senses other animals use and are able to stroke the stuffed animals fox meets. Outside the children are encouraged to use their senses of hearing, sight an smell.

A box of animal materials such as wood, horn, fur, is made available in the reception area for teachers to sit down with groups and discover what the items fee like. A trail shows teachers where some of the animals can be found. Teachers are also provided with a trail which contains a version of the nursery rhyme, There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, adapted for the animals at the Centre.

This booklet also contains line drawings of the animals that the children can colour back at school. Sessions are also suitable for younger reception age children. 

Developed by:  Birmingham Nature Centre

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