Pets as a learning stimulus
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!