Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
Today’s unplugged play idea involves lions, tigers, and bears (oh, my!). Today we’re going to create and visit a stuffed animal zoo.
Stuffed animal zoo
- laundry baskets
- stuffed animals
Basically, we’re going to turn our laundry baskets into exhibits for a stuffed animal zoo. Then see where the indoor “zoo day” adventures lead.
There’s no real rule here, just set the scene and let your little zookeepers have some fun!
Need a little more direction or inspiration?
- Encourage your kids to dress up like a zoo keeper. At our house this means floppy hats, vests, and binoculars. My kids even used stethoscopes from the doctors’ kit and became zoo veterinarians the day we did this activity.
- Is it feeding time at the zoo? What do your animals eat? Don’t forget your pail to carry the (pretend) food.
- What kind of animals live at the zoo? What types of habitats do they need?
- Does your zoo need tickets? Posters for the exhibits?
- Will there be a dolphin show? Elephant washing? Lion grooming? Do the monkeys need a bedtime story?
- No stuffed zoo animals? What about drawing up a zoo? Perhaps your child might pretend to be a monkey or lion themselves?
Bonus play idea: laundry basket cars
While you have the laundry baskets out for play, why not try imagining they are race cars? Or rockets to the moon? Or pirate ships?
Leave your empty laundry baskets out for your children this afternoon and see what fun they come up with. I bet they climb right in and imagine something awesome!
Be thinking of your child’s current favorite story and perhaps some toys and objects that you have around the house that relate to that story.
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Are you and your kids ready to visit the stuffed animal zoo?