Learning about wild animals with the learning case

Learning about wild animals with the learning case

I wrote a week or so ago about a case that once belonged to my grandfather being passed on to Daniel and Emma.

As Daniel is super engaged with it the week before last I set it up as our first ‘learning case’. The activity we were doing was a wild animals talking box that I found on the twinkl website.

learning case set upIn the case I placed some animal ‘cones’ and then in one basket I placed some animal themed books, and the other the activities such as colouring pages, a matching game, body actions and play doh mats.

Daniel opened up the case and we talked about the animals and I was keen to extend his language so we talked about the leopard being spotty, and I asked what other things he could see that were spotty (Emma’s clothing). It was good to get him using descriptive language. In the activity basket I had placed some playmobil figures so he was able to match the figure up to the various other things and to tell Emma what the animals were and to make the associated animal noises. Emma really enjoys it when Daniel engages with her like this.

learning case wild animals

We then did some colouring and then moved on to the playdoh. Daniel really enjoyed making stripes for the zebra and spots for the leopard. Emma mostly ate the playdoh…

wild animals play doh

I also made some cards up with animal names on, a picture and then an action. Things like

  • roar like a lion
  • stomp like an elephant
  • be tall like a giraffe
  • noisy like a monkey

wild animals matchingBoth Daniel and Emma had great fun pretending to be the various animals and it was great fun for me too.

Finally, we sat down to read the books that I had selected for the basket. Some of the books I included were:

This was a really simple thing and was excellent for developing a whole range of skills such as language and description, fine motor skills and movement. We had some lovely conversations about the animals, how they looked, where they lived and I can see lots of ways to extend this in the future too.

Best of all, both Daniel and Emma really enjoyed it.


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  1. Pat Burns
    6th April 2015 / 19:47

    Thats so good.

  2. tony
    6th April 2015 / 19:48

    Top quality

  3. 7th April 2015 / 20:23

    Great ideas, really lovely to use something old and incorporate it into your little ones learning. I love Twinkl too, loads of great stuff there. It looks like it was a lovely day! Ray xx @ lukeosaurusandme.blogspot.co.uk #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  4. 9th April 2015 / 08:18

    oooh that case is so lovely! Great idea to have a learning case. Twinkl are one of our favourites too!

    thanks for joining in with #toddlerapprovedtuesday again x

  5. 9th April 2015 / 21:12

    I love this, similar to sensory tubs based on books etc. Awesome twinkl resources as ever! x

  6. 12th April 2015 / 15:12

    I love the learning case! What a lovely object to have to inspire Daniel. How cute that Emma enjoys playing with Daniel. Thanks for sharing & linking up with #playathometuesdays

  7. 13th April 2015 / 09:50

    Love these ideas, a fab way to introduce a topic, have fun and learn.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

  8. 14th April 2015 / 08:17

    a really lovley idea, sorry for my late commenting and sharing, my phone wont comment and it seems to have taken forever to get the laptop on and get myself into ‘blogger mode’!

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