Sensory Saturday: Zoo Scavenger Hunt
We absolutely love going to the zoo. It was pretty miserable this past winter when we couldn’t go whenever we wanted. The older my daughter gets, the more she enjoys seeing the animals. We were able to go back to the zoo last week, and even though it was a little chilly, we were so excited to be back!
Maddy is really into sharing what she knows lately. The idea of seeing all different types of animals and then being able to tell me what they are when she sees them makes her very excited. I took that idea and ran with it. I was able to print out a zoo scavenger hunt sheet (found here) where she was able to find the animals “on her own” and fill out her sheet. She loved it!
She would check off an animal, then rush to get as close as she could to it.
The zoo we went to had just reopened their aquarium after three years of renovation. It was Maddy’s favorite part of the zoo years ago and I think it is still the same today! The new look and feel was awesome and drew the kids in.
Maddy was thrilled to find Nemo and Dory!
The aquarium even had two locations where the kids could touch various sea creatures. Maddy was too afraid to touch them but she got close a few times.
Oliver interacted the most with this, that had nothing to do with animals. That is so like him!
This zoo trip was the best trip we have had to-date with interaction and excitement. Adding the scavenger sheet just added a whole interest level and it was so fun for me to watch Maddy take charge of her learning.
What is your favorite thing to do at the zoo? Are there ways you have helped your children interact more at the zoo? We would love to hear your experiences!
So glad your daughter enjoyed the Scavenger Hunt sheet! Thanks for the shout out to my site!