This week we returned to our favourite location for a field trip after having not visited since before Christmas – in fact J and T have visited the Zoo twice this week – at the weekend with Rainy Day Dad and Pops and today with myself and their friend and my friend.
We love visiting the zoo and just after J’s first birth we purchases season passes for the zoo and try and visit at least once a month if not more. Today was great the zoo was virtually empty (I guess that is to be expected on a blustery, cold, could rain February day) and most of the restaurants were closed but it was wonderful.
We always follow the same tour of the zoo – going against what we know the majority of people do (from experience) so J and T get to see the attractions. On the way to the zoo we discuss what we are going to see – J’s to see list today consisted of “Ants and Husbands” (I get the ants there is a great display of leaf cutting ants but really unsure of the husbands!).
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Our zoo trips have progressed from a carried J at 3 months old to a toddling J and a T being worn on our first zoo visit 4 weeks after she was born to T today sitting and clapping the elephants as they lifted up a log and J walking around the zoo knowing what animal was next.
He loves animals and the zoo is a great way for us to get to see animals that we could only read about otherwise – this weeks highlights include feeding the elephant with Rainy Day Dad on Saturday (how I wish I had a photograph of that) and the Tiger being awake and the other side of a piece of glass showing us his teeth today.
Visiting the zoo is a great way to develop language and number skills – both J and his friend had fun counting the animals in the enclosures and describing them using different words each time.
Our book link this week for our Zoo visit is a classic and one that is suitable for J and T which is even better as T is really starting to get into books at the moment (and not just chewing them any more). Dear Zoo is a great book with a variety of animals as well as the added bonus of having lift the flaps – T loves playing peek a boo with the animals whereas J is at the stage of guessing what the animals will be underneath the flaps as we go through.