Safari Hunt

Safari Hunt Lorina

Encourage baby to respond to familiar animals through this game.

Materials Needed:

  • Stuffed animals OR animal figurines Or animal flashcards
  • Animals books/magazines

What to do:

  • Collect stuffed animals/animal figures or animal flashcards and animal books put them around your baby.
  • Pick up a stuffed animal/figurine/flashcard and say “This is a tiger”.
  • Pick up a book and say “Let’s find a tiger” .
  • Turn the pages in the books and say “Is that a tiger?”, “Is this a tiger?”.
  • When your baby points toward the tiger, responds either verbally or non verbally , say “We found a tiger”.
  • Continue the same with a different animal.

Hints and Tips:

  • Your baby may not respond to this activity but if you start looking through the animal books and begin naming the different animals; your baby will become interested.
  • If your baby doesn't want to continue the game, then don't force them too. Try again another day.
  • Once your baby can understand the different animal names, you can hide the stuffed animals around the room, point to the picture of the animal in the animal book and ask baby to find the stuffed animal.
  • Start off with 3 different animals at the beginning and then add one new one each time.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 6 to 12 months
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Produces a variety of sounds when “talking”.

    Plays for 2-3 minutes.

    Says 1 or 2 words.

    Looks at pictures.

    Reaches for a desired toy.

    Grasps toys and objects.

    Hands a toy back to an adult.

    Begins to show an understanding of object names (animals).

    Begins to pint with index finger.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Home Corner, Library Area, Science and Nature
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Family Games
  • Sub Outcomes:

    2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

    4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people place technologies and natural and processed materials

    5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

    5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

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Last modified on Saturday, June 27, 2015
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