🌍World 🐇🐆 🐼Animals Continental Habitat

We are using this wooden Montessori World Puzzle Map and animal figurines to explain the world's animals, empathizing that some animals live exclusively in one area: for example, a bunny never saw a cheetah or a lion. 🐅Tigers and a 🐼panda bear live exclusively in Asia, kangaroo in Australia 🇦🇺 and so forth. So, to make learning hands-on, Adrian sorted and placed all the animals under their respective continental habitats.

Adrian was first introduced to Schleich Animals (buy here) when he was eight months old (read a post here), and ever since, animal-related activities have been his favorite! Schleich is a German company founded in 1935, and all their toys bearing the Schleich-S tag are thoroughly tested by in-house experts at a German headquarters. Their toy-animals are hand-painted, highly detailed, and are all proportional to one another. The design of Schleich products and the creation of the required tools are done in-house in Germany. The production itself takes place at the company's German headquarters and in a number of production facilities in foreign countries (that is why you might see "Made in China" on some toys). Despite their foreign production, their figurines have been of a superior quality to any other I have seen on the market. 

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Today, while playing with his animal figurines, Adrian became worried that cheetah might eat a bunny or a lamby (one of his favorite animals). I explained that it is highly unlikely since these animals live on different continents. So, we placed all the animals under their respective continental habitats. "But the bunny can hop," said Adrian hopping like a bunny from North America to Europe to Africa, but then he realized that there is an ocean in between the continents and he felt much better.

DSC_0080African Animals (buy here).

DSC_0069.JPGAnimals of North America: Bald Eagle, Bear, White-Tailed Buck, Farm Animals, Alligator.

DSC_0069.JPGAnimals of Europe (buy here).

DSC_0069.JPGAnimals of Asia (buy here).

DSC_0080Animals of South America: Llama, Turtles.


DSC_0069.JPGWe need more animals from Australia - so far we have a Kangaroo. 

DSC_0069.JPGArctic/Antarctic Animals (buy here): also Emperor Penguin, Polar Bear, Snowy Owl.

p.s. Although a polar bear has never seen a penguin since they live in opposite polar regions, we have grouped them together as the Polar Region Animals. (See here our ❄️Polar 🌎Regions Unit Study • 🎅🏻 🇦🇶Land 🌊Water 🌬Air.)

Adrian really enjoyed "sorting" all the animals according to their continental habitat. During this activity, we touched upon geography and zoology, and he learned the names and positioning of the continents, spacial relation of each, as well as names of animals residing on each continent. 

Next, we will be discussing "Herbivores vs. Carnivores" - read a post here.

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💐Mothers Day 🎁Flowers ✂️DIY 🌼Daffodil Bouquet Tissue Paper Craft

This DIY Daffodils tissue paper💐bouquet can be a perfect Mother's Day gift! All you need to make these awesome 🌼flowers is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. 

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To make this craft, we are referring to a Tissue Paper Flowers Craft book (buy here), which features incredibly simple-to-make tissue paper flowers that look good enough to fool the bees.

DSC_0182-2The book has clear and easy to follow instructions, and it comes with 75 sheets of brilliantly colored tissue paper and variety of green pipe cleaners for stems.

DSC_0188How to make this Daffodile bouquet Craft: ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸

  • layer paper at least four-fold and cut out a shape as shown in the book above,
  • poke one end of a pipe cleaner and slide the cut-out papers,
  • roll a bead the other end of the pipe cleaner and make a knot to  resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen,
  • slide all the papers towards the nub and slightly scrunch.

DSC_0188The book offers various ways you can make your Daffodils.

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Use color-combinations and shades of yellow, and some white to have your Daffoldiels look as real as possible. 

DSC_0185I personally do not like fresh cut-flowers (the entire demise process in front of my eyes is kind of depressing). I prefer orchids in a pot, but these Daffodils made by little hands with love would brighten my days for many more years to come!

DSC_0020-001 We do like going on nature walks and enjoy all the glory Spring has for us.

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You can always cut a bunch of Daffodils as a Mother's Day gift, but harvesting hand-made Daffodil flowers that will defy nature's cycle makes them even a better gift!  

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Daffodils And Men ~ Poem by David Taylor

Daffodils dance upon the breeze with such sweet scented ease, 
as men walk past with minded cares not seeing dancing everywhere.
They walk, but do not know how to dance as the daffodils they bend and bow, 
they dance to life with no furrowed brows and need no one to tell them how. 

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This flower craft is very similar to the one 🌻 below, which Adrian made when he was 3 yo ~ same process ~ ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸🌼crunch!  

See details and links to materials and books we used here  in a post "   🎨Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper ♻️ Cardboard Roll Paper Mache ✂️Craft."

DSC_0159This purple 💐bouquet of flowers Adrian made using the same technique as in Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers craft.  Again: all you need is tissue paper, pipe cleaners and a sprinkle of creativity! We also knotted a bead in the middle of the flower to resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen.

 DSC_0097Another gorgeous 💐bouquet we made! See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action.

 DSC_0049-3See here ♻️Recycled ✂️DIY 🌸Spring Flower Craft. 

DSC_0521For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.

I hope you enjoyed our Mother's Day inspired themed unit. Please, leave a comment, which craft was your favorite! And, do share ~ sharing means caring!

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