Act like an Animal!

Learn about a favorite animal through homemade costumes, dramatic play, and (optional) face paint!
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Favorite and conveniently book Kid Experts for sessions throughout the site.

Does your child love animals? Your Kid Expert will guide your child to becoming an expert themselves in an animal of their choosing, while having fun practicing basic theatre skills. After reading about and discussing an animal's habitat, traits, and important facts, your Kid Expert will help your child make their own animal costume out of found objects around the house. They can also paint your child's face to look like their animal! Then your Kid Expert will lead your child through fun and interactive movement and drama games based on their animal. They can also take some photos of your child in their costume for an optional additional craft, or some video for the family of our fun day in the jungle!

Age Group:

Materials

Factual book about specific animal (provided by family or library)
Picture book about specific animal (provided by family or library)
Household recyclables (toilet paper tubes, steamers, newspaper, paper bags, etc.)
Craft supplies (drawing supplies, paint, string, stapler, glue, scissors, etc.)
Face paint/face paint markers
Movement and drama games

Optional craft:
Printed photo
Construction paper
Drawing tools, paint supplies

Disclaimer

As parents, it's important to make sure that activities are age appropriate and that allergies or medical conditions are communicated as you see fit.

Sometimes, a materials or other additional fee is charged. We do this to bring you the best possible activities. It's the Kid Expert's job to confirm any such fee in advance.

Sample Activities and Instructions

First we will read about the animal. We will discuss where it lives, what it eats, what it looks like, and how it acts. We will look at photos and, if possible, watch video of the animal itself.
Then we will compile household craft supplies and recyclables to create your child’s costume. This can be anything – the more creative, the better! Folded newspaper to create a lion’s mane. Leftover party streamers for butterfly wings. The costume doesn’t have to be an exact replica of the animal. It’s more important for the child to use their imagination to get creative with their version of their animal. The possibilities are endless!
Your Kid Expert will then add a little theater magic by painting your child’s face to look like their animal! This can be as intricate or as simple as is desired. A simple nose and whiskers is just as exciting as rainbow feathers. The most important part is that the child feels inspired.
Then we will begin to act like the animal. Does this animal stomp around loudly or does it tip toe? Does it fly or does it swim? Does it have a loud voice or a quiet one? If the child needs a little inspiration, read the picture book about this animal. Act out the story in the book.
While they’re exploring, snap a few photos of the child to use for the additional craft below! Or catch a little video of the wild animal in their natural habitat to send to families.
Additional Craft – Habitat Photo Project. (*This craft can be done at the next Kid Expert session, as it requires the photo to be printed. *) Have the child glue their photo to a large piece of construction paper. Then encourage them to draw the animal’s habitat around the photo. They can use markers, crayons, or any drawing tool – or they can trace their hands on paper to make leaves, grasslands, waves, and more! Proudly display on the fridge for all to see!