First: This picture could be taken in many places..a zoo, a marine park, or a nature habitat. There are many opportunities to see dolphins up close. Look on a map and find the places that house dolphins for observation.
Second: If you could be an animal for a single day, which animal would you be? What qualities attracted you to the species you chose? Do you want to swim, run, walk, fly, or crawl? Did you consider what the animals ate or where they lived?
Third: Take Next Step: This is the subject of my first Explore Galore Kids Book, availablehere on this blog under the “Make it Your Own” link. You can also find it on Amazon. It is an adventure book, where you provide the adventure from your own imagination. Thinking through the choices as you consider which animal you would be.
Want to add to the imaginative fun? Go on a nature hike at a local park, or nature center. Look for animal tracks. Spy potential animal homes. Think about the different species around you, from bugs and spiders to reptile and mammals. Talk about the different classifications of animals. What make s spider a spider? What makes a mammal different from reptiles? Don’t know? That is ok..Take the next step and look it up. Do you know what animals are native to your climate? What does it mean to be native?
Name another type of climate..Can you guess what type of animals would live there? Why?
Explore More: Finally a fun Next Step is bringing along your camera or phone and trying to take pictures of animals in the wild. The trick is: hold your camera very still because animals often are camera shy and try to run away.
Enjoy your adventure!