Tell your child that the lion is the “king of the jungle”. Many animals are afraid of him because he is so big and fast. Discuss things your child might be afraid of. Sing this song and then discuss the monkey’s decision to climb back up the tree.
Itsy Bitsy Monkey
The Itsy Bitsy Monkey climbed up the coconut tree Down came a coconut and hit him on the knee. Ow! Out came the lion shaking his mighty mane, And the Itsy Bitsy Monkey climbed up the tree again.
Lion and Tiger Colour Sort
Gather a variety of yellow, orange and black items from around your house. Put out one yellow, one orange and one black piece of paper or three containers labelled with these colors. Encourage your child to sort the items by colour onto the matching colour of paper or container.
Lions and Tigers, Oh My!
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After listening to the story, talk with your child about the sounds lions and tigers make (roar and growl). Here are a few facts to share, if your child shows interest:
Adult tigers are 2 metres long and have a 1 metre tail. Tigers hunt at night and love water and swimming.
Lions live in groups called prides. They lounge around for most of the day. Male lions roar to call the lions in their pride home for the night. Only male lions have manes.
Jump the Tiger Tails
Tiger tails are about 1 meter long. Cut 3 one-meter long pieces of rope or string for “tiger tails”. Lay the tiger tails on the floor parallel to each other about 60 cm apart. Encourage your child to jump over the tiger tails. Continue jumping as long as there is interest. Younger children may need you to hold their hand to jump.
Tape Resist Tiger Print
Invite your toddler to help put pieces of painter’s tape on a piece of paper. Encourage them to finger paint (they can use a brush if they don’t like to get messy) with orange paint all over the paper and tape. Once the paint is dry, they can help remove the tape to reveal the tiger stripes.