Nocturnal Animals (Age 5-7)
Produced by ARKive, this hands-on activity is designed to teach 5-7 year olds about nocturnal animals and the senses they employ to navigate life in the dark. Humans rely heavily upon the sense of sight and these activities explore the ways other animals have become adapted to life where and when light is less readily available.
The first activity involves using a number of small drawstring bags 'feely-bags' containing mystery objects. Children are encouraged to engage their sense of touch in order to describe and identify each object without looking inside the bags. They then discuss what they can feel in the bags using adjectives to describe the texture, weight and shape of each mystery object.
For the second activity, children listen to sound recordings of different animals and try to match the sounds to the images of animals on the worksheet provided.
In both activities, children have their eyes shut to encourage them to rely solely on their other senses to identify the objects and sounds.
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