July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day. Here are some fun activities to incorporate into your child care program that involve cows.
- “Milk” Cows – Fill latex gloves with milk and tie them shu. Poke small holes in the fingers of the gloves. Hang the gloves under a small folding table or chair with a bowl underneath. Have children squeeze and pull the fingers to get the milk out, and they will see how it is to really milk a cow.
- Udder Painting – Fill latex gloves with black paint. Poke a small hole in one of the fingers. Place white paper on the table, and let children squeeze out the paint from the ‘udder.’
- Cow Spots Sponge Painting – Have children dip shower loofahs into black paint and dab on white paper.
- Favorite Milk Graph – Talk about how milk comes from cows and create a class graph of favorite flavors of milk: plain, chocolate, or strawberry.
- Make Ice Cream in a Bag – Use milk along with the other ingredients listed here, to make ice cream in a bag. Since July is National Ice Cream Month, it is also a good tie-in during Cow Appreciation Day!
- Cows are also known as cattle.
- Cows are herbivores meaning they eat grasses, plants, corn. They do not eat meat.
- There are many types of cows.
- Cows are smart and intelligent animals.
- They are also social animals and interact with other cows.
- Cows say “moo” as a way to communicate.
- A male is called a bull.
- A female who has given birth is called a cow.
- A female who has not given birth is called a heifer.
- A baby cow is called a calf.
- There are over 1 billion cows that live in the world!
- Cows live on every continent except Antarctica.
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Did you know that September 22 is National Elephant Appreciation Day? It is a good opportunity to introduce young children to the world’s land animal!
- Elephant Weight – Tell children them how much a baby elephant weighs (200 pounds). Weigh each child, record their weight, and see if it would take the whole class to weigh as much as a baby elephant.
- Pass the Peanut – Tell the class that they are going to pretend to be elephants. Give each child a sock to put on his or her hand (this is their trunk). Have children sit in a circle and give one child a peanut (a real peanut or a packing peanut if there are allergies). Have the children pass the peanut from person to person until it comes back to the start. Use a timer to see how long it takes and then do it a second time to see if they can beat their time.
- Paint like an Elephant – Elephants have been know to paint using their trunks, so challenge your kids to hold a paintbrush in their sock trunks (from activity above) and create a picture.
- Paper Plate Elephant – Directions can be found here: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Paper-Plate-Elephant.html
Elephant Facts (thanks to http://raisingcreativechildren.com/elephant):
- Elephants are large animals.
- There are two types of elephants – African and Indian.
- African elephants are larger than Indian elephants, they have baggier skin and bigger ears, too.
- Elephants live together in families. Several families living together form a herd.
- The leader of the herd is usually the oldest female, called a matriarch.
- Elephants eat plants. They eat a lot of plants!
- They eat leaves, grass, hay, tree bark, and fruit
- Elephants flap their ears to cool themselves.
- Elephants spray water on their skin.
- The wrinkles hold the water, which helps to cool them.
- Elephants live for eighty years!
- Elephants have four teeth and two tusks.
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