Pets as a learning stimulus

6 - 8 years
Everyday ways to help your child with literacy and numeracy
Children with rabbit

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

Does your child love pet animals? Even if your child doesn’t have their own, pets can be a great focus for activities that develop literacy and numeracy skills! Here are a few ideas:

  • find out about a pet that they are interested in
    Grandad has a new guinea pig. Let's borrow some books so you can find out what food they like, what care they need, and where they come from.
  • compare a particular pet's food with human food
    What are the ingredients in tinned cat food? Would cat food be healthy for you to eat? Would our food be healthy for cats?
  • collect data about your pet
    Let's make a daily chart for the new puppy. You can record how much she eats, how much she exercises, and how many times she needs to ‘go outside’.
  • make a chart of the jobs involved in taking care of your pet, and who does them. Who does the most work?
  • keep a pet diary 
    How about you make a photo diary for Rover, so we can see how he changes as he grows.
  • play ‘What Pet am I?’ guessing games. To keep things interesting, throw in an unusual (or crazy!) pet sometimes, such as an axolotl or a lion cub!



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Last modified
21 April 2020