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As Sammy and the rest of our explorers know, it’s fun to try to act like different animals. Why wait for the next “I Can” section of Wild Animal Baby Explorers, when you can do it anytime you want?

Black racer snake

What you need

  • children’s fins or some shoes bigger than your child’s feet

What you do

  1. Snakes slither - Tell your child that snakes don’t have arms or legs, so they move by flexing their spines and using strong muscles to glide along. Ask your child to slither without using any arms or legs. And don’t forget to hiss-s-s-s!

  2. Elephants use their trunks - An elephant uses its truck to breath, sniff, drink, shower and pick things up. Have your child put his or her arms, elbows and fingers together to form a trunk. Then your child can use this new truck to push a basket along the floor and pick up various items.

  3. Turtles hide - Turtles tuck their heads (and limbs) inside their shells for safety. Tell your child to use his or her shirt as a shell and pull his or her head inside it. Ask: What parts of your body are now protected? (The eyes and the neck!)

  4. Ducks waddle - Tell your child that a duck’s webbed feet are great for swimming, but not as good for walking on land. Have your child put on some oversized shoes or fins and walk around the room. Quacking permitted!

  5. Kangaroos jump - Have your child jump, jump, jump like a kangaroo.

Some more fun animal facts to share:

  • Kangaroos are great jumpers. One gray kangaroo made a single jump that was longer than a school bus!

  • Elephants’ trunks are strong enough to lift heavy logs and flexible enough to pick up a peanut.

  • Mallard ducks can use those webbed feet to swim about a mile and a half in one hour.


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