Who would think that in 2010 there are still new discoveries to be made in the animal kingdom? But it’s true! And sometimes these new findings come in adorable packages like the new micro-frog discovered this past summer on Borneo Island. You can check out the full story at Yahoo! It’s funny to think that even as adults, our world is open to new things every day. It also reminds us how important exposing ourselves to new discoveries and sharing this spirit with our babies from the beginning really is. Although most of us are not researchers on a far away island, we can start the exploration at home. Check out our simple tips for introducing your baby to new cuddly creatures today.
Mommy says “Moooo”
You can easily begin exploring animals without leaving home with animal flash cards or an animal themed book. Show an animal to your baby, say the name of the animal and give your best animal sound. Remember that your baby loves repetition, so the more moo’ing the better! If they are old enough, encourage your baby to make animal sounds with you. This is a fun activity for you both on the go as well. As long as you keep the images and your playful spirit on hand, you can explore animals anywhere!
Introducing your baby to real animals is a great way to explore new textures with your little one. Plan a trip to the pet store. Together, touch the scales of a lizard, cuddly fur of a bunny, bumpy back of a frog and any other new textures that you can find in the store. Explain the new textures to your baby as you are feeling them. You’ll both be giggling away as you share this new experience with your baby. Who knows — you may leave with a new 4-legged best friend!
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
If your baby has a favorite stuffed animal that you most likely won’t find scampering around in your neighborhood, plan a family trip to visit the zoo, aquarium or a farm. It’ll be a blast for your older kids, too! Find a map in advance so you can make a beeline for the animal that you want to see most. Bring along animal crackers, your baby’s favorite animal flashcards or book so you can bring everything together and really explore the animal kingdom with your little one.
Remember that opening his eyes to new critters now will encourage his curiosity. This was our inspiration for the new Animals All Around Me and Wild Animal Safari animal themed Discovery Kits, designed to begin animal exploration at home. With each new animal discovery at home, at the zoo, anywhere really, you will see your baby light up and know that this time spent together will be just the beginning of many great family explorations!