We are starting into week 6 of quarantine here. This has definitely been an interesting time for all of us. Some moments I feel like we’re living in a zoo, haha. So, to embrace that sentiment, here’s some fun zoo activities you can do while you’re safe at home, along with some cute printables.
Neighborhood “Trip to the Zoo”
Kids love animals and this fun little “neighborhood trip to the zoo” is a great activity if the kids are needing a little adventure and a chance to get some energy out and to get out and about. Get the whole neighborhood involved and it’s a fun way to connect as well.
My sister shared that her neighborhood did this and I thought it was such a fun idea. The concept is simple, really. Choose a date to do your zoo trip and then invite the neighborhood to join the fun. I’ve even included a cute photo you can post on your community Facebook page, with text. Simply edit with the dates you’re hosting your event and copy and paste.
You can have this event be for just one day, or have it continue on for a couple of days. How it works? Everyone puts out an animal – or 2 or 3 – for the rest of the neighborhood to find. You can used stuffed animals on the porch or around the yard. Or you can print out or color some animal pictures to place in the window. Then, set off on your adventure and see how many animals you can find around the neighborhood. Just spot them as you go, or keep a running tally of how many of each type of animal you find.
To host this – simply download the photo below and then upload it to your Facebook page, with the following text.
You can even print out some of the included printables for the kids to pick up when they stop by your house.
“Hey friends! Since we can’t make a real visit to the zoo, let’s have some fun with our own neighborhood “trip to the zoo!” Here’s how it works. We will be doing a neighborhood zoo on ________ and we’d love to have you join the fun! Simply put out some of your favorite animals to display. These can be stuffed animals you can put on your porch or in your yard. Or, if you would prefer, simply print out some pictures or have the kids color some animals to display in your window. Please have them ready by ____ so we can start the fun! Then send the kids out to see how many animals they can find around our neighborhood! If they stop by my house, I even have some fun zoo activities they can take home with them! Who’s in on the fun?”
We Built a Zoo
Another idea is to build your own zoo at home. One summer day when my kids were younger, we did this and they had a blast. The girls dug around the house and found all the zoo stuffed animals they could find. They then set them up all around their bedroom and created cages for them out of blocks, rolled up blankets, and anything creative they could think of. Once the animals all had a home, they searched through some books and got online to do some research. Using some index cards, they wrote up facts about each animal – what they eat, where they live, and some fun details. We then took turns visiting each other’s “zoo” and they had fun sharing what they had learned with us. This is a great educational activity (homeschool win for the day!) but was simple and low key as well.
I’ve also included some fun zoo printables for you. You can share these with the neighborhood kids – either print them out and set them out for the kids to pick up when they pass by your house. Or send them this link so they can print out their own.
And since the house already feels like a zoo, why not just make it a full zoo day with some of these fun activities?!
Put together some fun and adorable ZOO SNACKS to share.
Do a cute ZOO HAND PRINT CRAFT.
Get moving with these ZOO ANIMAL MOVEMENT CARDS.
May you find the joy in the little things today!