When my son was younger, he was gifted a handful of farm animal figurines. As a two-year-old, he loved lining them up and sharing what sounds they made with me. When we were at our local bookstore, we came across more animals from the same company. What I loved about them was their durability and realistic nature.
Over time, we had quite the collection of animals, and not just those found on the farm, but also in the forest, jungle, and ocean. Since these mini figures have been a staple in our playroom for several years now, I thought I would share some learning activities we have done using them.
- Animal Matching – Set out a number of flashcards with animals on them. Have the child put the animal figurines on the corresponding card.
- Sorting by Size – Take a collection of animals and have the child sort by the figure’s size. Have them separate them into two categories: big and small.
- Sorting by Habitat – Take the collection of animals and have the child sort by habitat. For instance, the dolphin would be placed in the ocean pile and the fox would be put in the forest pile.
- Literacy Activities – Choose a book featuring a few animals characters and have the child act out the story as you read it.
- Free Play – As your child’s vocabulary and ability to play independently increases, encourage them to engage in pretend play with the animals.
With so many activities these mini toys can be a part of, I suggest you consider them for you collection!
Schileich Figurines: Indigo
Animal Flashcards: Local Dollar Store