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Children love simple riddles.
Riddles are a great way to enhance comprehension and memory.
After reading and discussing basic pet care tips put together a small riddle book with
"stickers", discuss the parts of a book and how many
books have illustrations, practice
numbers 1 through 4 and practice tracing children's first name:
Activity 1 > Online Story
Perfect Pet (Flash Player required)
This is a fun story that take children on a visit to a pet shop to
find the perfect pet. After reading the story go back and make sure to discuss how would
they take care of each pet. Review the resources below.
Activity 2 > Online Activity > Pick
a pet (Flash Player required)
Activity 3 > Learn about Pet Care
Share all the right basic things about
taking care of pets This demonstrates to children also to care for their toys which sets
the stage for caring for all living
things and property.
The most popular pets are: dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils,
guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, horses, pet birds [canaries, finches,
cockatiels, parakeets, and lovebirds], mice, rats and fish.
Activity 4 > Show and Tell About My Special
This is a good activity where children can be invited to bring
their favorite "pet toy" for show and tell. Children can say anything
they want to share about their pet toy they are sharing, and encourage
them to say the name of their toy pet.
The parent, educator or child care provider can prepare some
questions for children about how the children take care of their
special toy pet.
Alternative activity for preschool & child care
facilities: Instead of show & tell, use any
toys or images you may have representing pets and ask the children
if they have any of these "toy pets" at home and to share
how they care for them.
Activity 4 > My First Pet Care Riddle Book
- Print the three pages above (color only)
- Cut out the pages and "stickers"
- Place the "stickers" in front of the child.
- Ask child to identify each pet, tell the child they are
going to play a riddle game to place the right illustrations on the
- Tell children many books have important illustrations that
help the reader understand the topic or story. An author may
write and also be an artist - and illustrate a story or topic, or a
person may specialize in one aspect - be a writer/author or an
- Read each riddle and ask child to find the sticker
solves the riddle and when s/he has chosen correctly they can glue
to the page.
- Complete the four riddles.
- Parts of a Book: This is also a good opportunity to
discuss the parts of a book during the process of assembling the
- Cover: Tell them a
book has a cover and show them the cover. Write their name
with proper upper case and lower case lettering, or for older
children "write" the name with dots so they can connect
- Pages &
Numbers: Ask the children to organize the pages in the order
they would like to have their book "published".
- After they have assembled the pages proceed to practice number 1
thru 4 (do not number the cover) and write the numbers on each page
in front of the child so s/he can see how the numbers are
written. For older children "write" the numbers with
dots and they can connect the dots.
- Staple or use a hole punch
and lace the children may lace the book with yarn. Tip: put a
little tape on the tip of the yarn to make it easier to insert
through the holes and help children tie a knot.
External resources for pet ownership:
Owning a Pet
Coloring Book PDF K-3 [bilingual] Courtesy of avma.org
This bilingual coloring/activity book provides young children with activities that teach them about being a responsible pet owner. Written in English with Spanish subtitles.