Dear Zoo story role play

13 Jun

At 14 months my son’s favourite activity is putting stuff into things and taking it out again. I was reading him his favourite story this morning Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and I realised how much he would love reenacting it.

Whilst he was taking a nap I got The Limpet to help me find a variety of boxes, bags and baskets to hide our animals in. I raided the toy box and fortunately found all the animals we needed. We set it all up in the lounge and when he woke up he got straight to work exploring the contents and working out how to get each animal out.





It turned out to be a great activity for both children and it was lovely to see how well they interacted with each other while playing.

I started to read the story while they opened the appropriate box but The Limpet quickly took over as she knows it off by heart.




I’m thinking of doing a few more activities based on this book such as writing letters, making animal masks, animal role play and maybe even a visit to the zoo.


6 Responses to “Dear Zoo story role play”

  1. Miri June 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Oh goodness, Arthur would LOVE this, what a great idea, thank you for sharing!

  2. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum June 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    This is wonderful we love Dear Zoo (I love how the little one is reading it in the last picture very familiar in our house as well :D). Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and just to let you know I’m featuring this as one of my favourite ideas from last week

  3. entertainingmonsters June 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Thanks Cerys. He’s quite a talented boy to be able to read upside!

  4. The Iowa Farmer's Wife June 21, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    Aww We love that book! this is a fabulous activity for it! Visiting from the Weekly Kids Co-op!


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