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Activities and Fireworks for Animals

January 7-11

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapters 1 & 2

Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Daisy Chain

2. Key Points – Safari – Find the animals

3. Collaborative – Animal Classification

4. Writing - Recitation

5. Math/Logic – Math Game

6. Genius Principle – Fight, Flight, or Freeze

7. Big Activity – Food Chain

8. Movement - Echolocation

Minecraft Activities

  1. fall down the rabbit hole

  2. explore bird beaks and mammal teeth

  3. animal classification

  4. animal domestication

  5. build challenge: embellish the rabbit hole

Upcoming Events

  • Weekly teen hangouts in Santa Ana – Wednesday 1/9: vision boards

  • Disneyland meetup: January 9 - Animals

  • Field trips – Trips are currently being scheduled! New trips will be posted here:

  • 2/20 Celebration: Tea With Alice:


Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Write a story about an anthropomorphic animal.

  • Do some animal classification activities:




  • Get a large frame or hula hoop. Take it outside and set it on the ground. Write down everything you can observe within the frame or hoop. What plants are there? Anything from the animal kingdom? What is in the dirt? What man-made items do you see? Write down descriptions of each thing you see in the frame or hoop. You may need to look up more information about some of these things.

  • In the animal world, when creatures are faced with things that they don't like, their instincts tell them they can fight or run away. As humans, we have more options. Write about what you can do in each of these situations:

  • Situations that Make Me Angry

  • Situations that Make Me Frustrated

  • Situations that Make Me Worry

  • Situations that Make Me Happy

  • Situations that Take a Lot of Time

  • Situations that Take Money Go here for the full lesson idea:

  • Think of an animal. Play 20 questions with someone until they guess what animal you are thinking of.

  • Play some math games:



  • Use mosaic tiles to “color” a monkey or other animal.

  • Make a collection of songs about animals.

  • Play an animal charades game with family or friends. One person chooses an animal to act out and everyone guesses the animal.

  • Make sock or paper bag puppets of animals. Write a script of an adventure for the animal characters. Perform the story as a puppet show.

  • Spend fifteen minutes outside. Write down each living thing you see and how many of them you see. Make a chart to illustrate your findings.

  • Make clover bracelets:

  • Play a camouflage game:





  • Explore collective names for animal groups:

  • Do some zoo math: (scroll down to the last four pages)

  • Make a chart to show one or more mammal in each of these mammal groups:

  • Egg-laying

  • Flying

  • Toothless

  • Marsupials (pouched)

  • Flesh-eating (note that many carnivores

  • Insect-eating

  • Rodents

  • Ungulates (hoofed)

  • Trunk-nosed

  • Marine

  • Primate

  • Create a mini guide for an animal species. Include the following:

  • Photo of animal (can be obtained online)

  • Track drawing of animal

  • Common name of animal

  • Description of region or territory where it is found

  • Description of characteristics of animal

  • Make real animal trading cards:

  • Write a short essay about what people think about extinction. Are humans to blame? What can and should we do to prevent further extinctions? Does everyone agree on the answers to these questions?

  • Visit a zoo.

  • Go on a nature walk.

  • Write a story with animals that can walk and talk like humans. Let the story represent a real-life event.

  • Make some mixed-up animals:

  • Memorize math facts:




  • Sit outside for one hour. How many animals can you find? Can you find animals from five different animals classes?

  • Make stellated dodecahedron with a different animal on each face or cone:

  • Make a cookie model of an animal cell.

  • Play an animals addition and subtraction game:

  • Play the Food Fight game:

  • In the second chapter, Alice wrote an address to send something to her own foot. Write a letter to yourself. Place it in an envelope. Address it and mail it.

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