Neighborhood Nature - Pets
Pets can be a part of your life year round!
Read for 20 minutes a day for at least 5 days.
- Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze
By Cynthia Rylant
- City Dog, Country Frog
By Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
- A Kitten Tale
By Eric Rohmann
- Pet Science: 50 Purr-fectly Woof-worthy Activities for Your Pets
By Veronika Gunter and Rain Newcomb, illustrated by Tom LaBaff
By Gary Paulsen
Try 1 of these activities about pets:
- What’s the most popular pet? Survey your family, friends and neighbors to find out what their favorite pets are. Graph your findings and report back to us about the pet they like best. If you want to know more about pet preferences, ask more questions like: how many many pets do you have?; what kind of pets do you have?; or, if you don’t have a pet, what kind of pet do you want?
- It’s important to train your dog. If you’ve already mastered simple commands, like sit and stay, try these other easy tricks or go crazy and teach your dog something really inventive like a dance move. Remember to always give positive reinforcement for a job well done.
- Don’t have a dog? Cats can learn tricks, too! Try teaching your cat to jump through a hoop. All you need is patience, animal treats and a willing animal.
- What kind of dogs make the best sled dogs? Play this game to learn all about what it takes to create a great sled dog team.
- People can use different animals to help them in their work. What jobs can pets do?
- Keep your pets healthy all year round! Find out how to take care of your pet and what kinds of games you can play together.
- Don’t have a pet? Stop by the Kids Klub for coloring pages, activity sheets and games that feature cute pets.
Write 1 story or design 1 animal print:
- Imagine what dogs think about.
- Imagine what cats think about.
- Make your own animal tracks with these animal print snowshoes. You will need:
- 2 large pieces of cardboard (pizza boxes work well)
- 4 long pieces of string
- Place the boots onto the cardboard. Make sure that the cardboard pieces are bigger than the boots. This will help you stay on top of the snow. Draw the shape of animal print you would like to make. Try a track from a real Illinois animal, make dog or cat prints, or create your own monster tracks!
- Once you have drawn the outline, take your boots off and cut out the prints. Then, place your boots back on to determine where you need to poke holes in the cardboard. You’ll need 4 holes—2 near your toes and 2 near your heel—on each snowshoe. Poke holes with scissors (ask an adult for help if you need to!) and one string through the holes at the toes and the other through the holes at the heel.
- When you’re ready to go out in the snow, tie your snowshoes on. Make tracks for others to find, pretend to be the animal whose tracks you have or just enjoy playing in the snow with ease!