First 5 Friday - Do Animals Go to School?

Happy First 5 Friday! Here is a great way to start off your weekend as you READ, TALK and PLAY with your little ones!


READ: Start off your weekend as you read "If Animals Went to School" by Ann Whitford Paul with your little ones! Does your little one wish they could go to school with their favorite animal? Enjoy this book as you talk to your child about school and their favorite animals.

TALK: Take this time to talk to your little one about animals, school and about what they think about "If Animals Went to School" by Ann Whitford Paul.


Suggested questions to get the conversation started for all ages:

  • What’s your favorite animal?

  • What would you do if animals went to school with you?

Suggested conversation questions about "If Animals Went to School" by Ann Whitford Paul for children ages 0-3:

  • Can you name some of the animals in "If Animals Went to School" by Ann Whitford Paul?

  • What shapes did you see in "If Animals Went to School" by Ann Whitford Paul?

Suggested conversation questions about "If Animals Went to School" by Ann Whitford Paul for children ages 4-5:

  • How do you enter your classroom for preschool or kindergarten? Do you shuffle like a beaver or jump like a kangaroo?

  • Can you sing the alphabet and count to 10? Try it!

PLAY: Grab your crafting supplies! Start your weekend with this fun, animal-themed craft.


Make Your Own Flamingo:


Materials Needed:

  • 1 Paper Plate

  • Orange Construction Paper or Orange Tissue Paper

  • Child Safe Scissors

  • Glue

  • Pink and Black Crayons or Markers

How to Make Your Own Flamingo:

  1. Cut your paper plate in half.

  2. Cut off the outer edge of one side of the paper plate to represent the flamingo’s neck.

  3. Cut out an oval shape from the side of the paper plate where you cut off the outer edge to represent the flamingo’s head.

  4. The uncut half of the paper plate will represent the flamingo's body.

  5. Color the parts of the paper plate pink.

  6. Color one point of the oval black to represent the flamingo’s beak.

  7. On the oval, color two black dots to represent the flamingo’s eyes.

  8. Cut 2 skinny strips of the orange construction paper or tissue paper.

  9. Place the full half of the paper plate with the flat side upwards.

  10. Glue the neck of the flamingo on one side of the full half of the paper plate.

  11. Glue the head of the flamingo to the neck with the beak facing outwards.

  12. Glue the two strips of orange construction paper or tissue paper to the bottom of the half of the paper plate to represent the flamingo’s legs.

  13. Enjoy your new flamingo friend! Ask your parents and teachers if your flamingo friend can come to school with you.

Please share pictures of the special memories you make with your little one on Facebook and Instagram at @First5Lex!

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