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Pets Early Childhood Theme

A pets early childhood thmem full of activities to keep preschool children busy.

 

Songs And Finger Plays

Have A Pet…
(Bingo)

I have a cat who’s cuddly soft
And Beau-Jo is her name, oh!
Beau-jo is her name,
Beau-jo is her name,
Beau-jo is her name,
I love to rub her ears.
I have a dog who’s my best pal
And Skeeter is his name, oh!
Skee – ter is his name,
Skee – ter is his name,
Skee – ter is his name,
He sleeps with me each night.

I have a fish who swims quite well,
And Goldie is his name, oh!
Gol – die is his name,
Gol – die is his name,
Gol – die is his name,
He swims around for hours.

I have a bird who’s green and yellow,
And Gigi is her name, oh!
Gi – gi is her name,
Gi – gi is her name,
Gi – gi is her name,
She chirps and chirps all day.

That Doggie in the Window?
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)

The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale
I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog he won’t be lonesome
And he doggie will have a good home
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale
I read in the papers there are robbers
With flashlights that shine in the dark
My love needs a doggie to protect him
And scare them away with one bark
I don’t want a bunny or a kitty,
I don’t want a parrot that talks,
I don’t want a bowl of little fishies;
He can’t take a goldfish for walks.
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale

Smart Dogs…
Five stuffed dogs sitting in a row.

“Tell me please, what do you know?”
The first one said, “I know my name.”
The 2nd one said, “I know a game.”
The 3rd one said, “I know a song.”
The 4th one said, “I know right from wrong”
The 5th one said, “I’ll tell you true, What I know is that I Love you.”

My Pets…
There are lots of pets in my house.

I have one gerbil and one white mouse. (Hold up one finger on each hand.)
I have two kittens and two green frogs, (Hold up two fingers on each hand.)
I have three goldfish and three big dogs. (Hold up three fingers on each hand.)
Some folks say that’s a lot!
Can you tell how many pets I’ve got? (Twelve)

Five Little Puppies…
Five little puppies were playing in the sun; (Hold up hand with five fingers extended)

This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run: (Bend down one finger)
This one saw a butterfly, and she began to race; (Bend down second finger)
This one saw a pussy cat, and he began to chase; (Bend down third finger)
This one tried to catch her tail, and she went round and round; (Bend down fourth finger)
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend down thumb)

Kitty, Kitty…
I have a little kitty, (Extend first and fourth fingers like ears)

He is as quick as he can be. (Make a side way motion with one hand quickly)
He jumps upon my lap, (Cup one hand in palm of other)
And purrs a song to me. (Make purring sound)

Love Your Pets…
Sung to: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Love, love
Love your pets,
Love them
Every day.
Give them food
And water, too,
Then let them
Run and play.

I Had A Poodle…
I had a little poodle (clenched fist for poodle)

His coat was silver grey
One day I thought I’d bathe him
To wash the dirt away. (scrub fist)
I washed my little poodle
Then dried him with a towel. (pat fist)
My poodle seemed to like his bath
He didn’t even growl.

Two Little Puppy Dogs…
Two little puppy dogs (hold up two fingers.)

Lying in a heap, (let two fingers fall down.)
Soft and Wooly (pet two fingers with opposite hand.)
And fast asleep. (lay hands against the side of your face and close eyes.)
Along came a pussycat (hold up one finger from opposite hand and move toward
the two little fingers.)
Creeping near, “Meow”,
She cried right in their ear.
Two little puppy dogs (hold up two fingers)
After one cat, (two fingers chase the one finger).
Did you ever play tag like that? (point to the children)

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Rags...
I have a dog his name is Rags,
He eats so much his tummy sags.
His ears flip flop and his tail wig wags,
And when he walks, he walks zig zag!
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag!
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag!
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag!
I love Rags and he loves me!

My Puppy…
My puppy has a doghouse,

just outside my door.
He licks me when I pet him,
and wags his tail for more.
He’s always there beside me,
no matter what I do.
My puppy is my special friend,
and a family member, too.

There’s a Doggy at the Door…
(Tune: If you’re Happy and You Know It?)

There’s a doggy at the door
at the door.
There’s a doggy at the door
at the door.
Oh who could ask for more
Then a doggy at the door?
There’s a doggy at the door
at the door.
There’s a doggy in the house
in the house.
There’s a doggy in the house
in the house.
Are you sure it’s not a mouse?
No, a doggy in the house
There’s a doggy in the house,
in the house.

There’s a doggy on the stair,
on the stair.
There’s a doggy on the stair,
on the stair.

Doesn’t anybody care
That a doggy’s on the stair?
There’s a doggy on the stair,
on the stair.

There’s a doggy in the hall,
in the hall.
There’s a doggy in the hall,
in the hall.

Well, he’s playing with a ball,
The little doggy in the hall.
There’s a doggy in the hall,
in the hall.

There’s a doggy in my room,
in my room.
There’s a doggy in my room,
in my room.

Now he’s chewing on a broom,
The little doggy in my room.
There’s a doggy in my room,
in my room.

There’s a doggy on my bed,
on my bed.
There’s a doggy on my bed,
on my bed.

Now he’s licking at my head.
The little doggy on my bed.
There’s a doggy on my bed,
on my bed.

My Puppy...
I like to pat my puppy
(make puppy with one fist, pat)
He has such nice soft fur (pat puppy)

And if I don’t pull his tail (pull tail)
He won’t say “GrrrR!”(make angry face)

My Dog…
My dog listens when I talk

He goes with me for a walk
When I sleep, he sleeps too.
He does everything that I do.
When my sister/brother/friend makes me mad,
He hangs his head and looks so sad.
He cuddles up and licks my hand
And tells me he can understand.

Pet Games

Cat and Mouse
Cut and glue together a simple cat shape from black paper. Cover a coffee can-the mouse hole-with another piece of black paper. Make up enough small mice out of felt by cutting them out in teardrop shapes. Add a pompon and length of yarn for the tail. Glue sequins on for eyes or draw them on with markers.

Next, turn a coffee can on it’s side and place it on top of a table. Place a dozen crackers leading up to the mouse hole. Have each child choose a mouse and the teacher picks the cat. Then let each child roll the die and move his or her mouse or cat that number of crackers. Let play continue, encouraging the children to try to move their mice into the mouse hole before the cat gets there. the game ends when the cat reaches the mouse hole or when all mice have safely entered.

Obedience School…
Based on Simon Says, preface the commands with “the trainer says…” Use appropriate dog tricks or behaviors such as: lie down, beg for a treat, roll over, speak ( woof), scratch your ear, wag your tail, show your tongue and pant.

Which Pet Am I ?
Tape a picture of a pet on a child’s back. Have the child walk around the room so the other students can see the picture of the pet. Then the child asks questions such as “Where does the pet live?”, “What does the pet look like?”, “How does the pet move around?”. The child then tries to guess the identity of the pet. If the child has difficulty guessing, the other children may give extra clues.

Pet Centers

Dramatic Play…
Make headbands with dog ears. Attach the ears with a brad on each side of the head, so that they hang down. Color the children’s noses black with an eyebrow pencil and put a few dots above their mouth to make them look like dogs… Can make cat-ear headbands too.

Pet Care/Vet’s Office…
Add some things the children can use to care for their (stuffed toy) pets: a dog brush, a leash for stuffed dog, plastic pet bowls, cardboard bones, blankets and pet beds (boxes). Set up a vet’s office with an examination table, a couple of stuffed pet toys, a small plastic pet carrier and a doctor’s kit.

Visting The Vet…
In the housekeeping area use the following props. Convert boxes into kennels or cages for the animals. Provide stuffed animals, elastic bandages, a doctor’s kit, masks, rubber gloves paper, pencils and clipboards. On each pet make a collar and a pet tag to know whom is being treated.

Pet Shop…
Provide stuffed animals, laundry baskets, cash register, money and pet supplies in the house corner.

Groomer’s Salon…
For this imaginative group, you don’t need many props. Decorate the front door with a discreet Kennel Club sign. Inside, set up a table as the groomer’s salon. Hang a sign to that effect and place a mirror on the table. Fill the playroom with dog houses made from large cardboard boxes–one for each child, with his name over a simple cutout door. (Wait until the kids arrive if you think they’ll choose special puppy names.) Doghouse facades are even simpler to make. Cut them from the sides of a box and lean them against a wall. With the addition of clean dog bowls, the scene is set for playtime, games.

Matching Pets To Supplies…
Ahead of time cut out items used for pets such as dog food, leashes, dog house, bird cages, fish bowls etc. Also find a pet to match the supplies to such as dog, cats, birds, and fish. Laminate all pieces and have the children match the pets to their supplies.

Matching Numbered Fish to Bowls…
Number cut out fish one to ten. Place correct number of dots onto a fish bowl . Have the children match corresponding fish to bowls.

Pet Art

Goldfish…
Cut large goldfish shapes out of orange construction paper. Pour glue into containers and set out brushes and precut tissue paper squares. Have children brush let onto cutouts. Then place tissue paper on top of the glue, to make scales. When the glue has dried allow to add mouths and eyes.

Folded Paper Puppy...
Cut out a triangle shape for each child out of brown construction paper or out of white. Children fold the long edges. You do this as if you were ear marking a book page. Have children then add eyes and nose.

Gold Fish Bowl…
Cut out and decorate goldfish from white construction paper. Cut from green construction paper squiggly lines to act as plants. Place all items between to pieces of wax paper in any arrangement. Add crayon shavings to the bottom of the bowl for colorful rocks. The teacher must place the wax paper between to thin towels and iron over the design on low temp. This makes all the pieces form one glass bowl. Add a strip of black construction paper to the top as a rim to the gold-fish bowl. Hole punch the lid and string a piece of yarn though for hanging purposes.

Bird Cage…
Using a cleaned meat tray. Please use an antibacterial soap first to make sure no toxins are left. Children may decorate a pet bird the teacher has reproduced or children can free hand them. Glue the bird to the inside of the meat tray. For the bars of the cage you may use string and glue it to the tray or use markers to add the bars.

Easel Painting A Dalmatian…
I hung a picture of a Dalmatian next to the paint easel for inspiration, then provided black paint, but never instructed the children on what to paint. All the children seemed to enjoy the contrast of the black paint on the white paper, some made dots that resembled the spots on the dog.

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