Preschool: Safari Adventure

Oh my goodness yall!
This month’s Safari Adventure from Mother Goose Time has to be one of my ultimate faves!
We have learned so much in the last 2 weeks, and to give you all the details would mean a forever long post (not that my posts are ever short).
In this picture heavy post, I will share with you how MGT prepared us to encounter the animals of Africa.  Are you ready to go on a Safari Adventure?
Well, grab your passport, pack your bag, and let’s fly to Africa!

In order to know where Africa is, we started with our Continent Toss Game.
(MGT supplied us with the map and foam die and inserts.)
Roll a continent, match the color of the continent to the bead in the bowl, and using tweezers, place a bead of that color on the corresponding continent. Get those fine motor skills ready for your safari!
Keep playing until all the beads are on the map.
Now that you know where to go, grab that passport and fill it out!
  MGT included a stamp of Mother Goose so you can stamp your travels! Avaleigh tossed the foam die with the continent inserts to see which continent needed a stamp in her passport.
Eventually we traveled to all the places.  Ha! Jetsetters… I wish… really I do.
The African sun is sweltering, so you must pack a hat.  Don’t have one? No problem!
Mother Goose had us covered by having us make hats with leopard print tissue paper to assist us in our camouflage attire during our safari. Yall… leopard print tissue paper!
  I am so impressed by MGT’s attention to details!
You have to have a journal to record your Safari Adventure!
MGT’s My Little Journal is perfect to slip into your pack,
 but first draw your favorite animal and write your name incase your journal gets lost.
With the help of Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals, Avaleigh drew her favorite animal on the cover of her journal, a lion.  We took it step by step, and she did it completely by herself!
Passport….check.  Hat…. check.  Journal…. check.  Safari vehicle… nope.
(reenactment of the story Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems that took place in our home)
(me)”Piggy, do you have a safari vehicle?”
(Avaleigh)”No. A pig with a safari vehicle would be silly.  Do you have a safari vehicle?”
(me) “I do not have a safari vehicle.  But I do have a MGT Teacher Guide that shows us how to make one.”
(Avaleigh) “Get that guide!”
My girl loooooooves Elephant and Piggy books, and when we didn’t have a vehicle, it instantly brought to her mind this story.  We ended up playing “Safari” Gerald and Piggie style for days!
According to the Teacher guide,
 whip out one of those Amazon boxes you have stacked to the ceiling in your garage, grab your exacto blade, and go all Edward Scissorhands on that box making it into a jeep ready to hit the African grasslands!  (that might be paraphrased a little bit)
Look out for lions!  They like to tear off your headlights and eat them for lunch!
(Everett really ate her headlight…smh)
My little lion, Everett.
Netflix has a great show for kids called Wildlife Quest.  Take a quick break and encounter real live animals in the safety of your Safari Vehicle.  The Wildebeest is napping on the tile while we keep a close eye on the cheetah in Wildlife Quest.
Yall…there is so much more I want to share!  I haven’t even told you about our reading activities or the fun we had with elephants and math, or the watering hole game,
or the creations we made during our animal study week!
 There has been so much fun AND learning packed into this Safari Adventure box!
I don’t want to overwhelm you with so much info.  So how about you go enjoy getting your safari started and meet me back here next week as I share more about how Mother Goose incorporated math, reading, and the arts into the safari theme!
Until then….
Stay safe on your safari and like us on Facebook to keep up with the adventure!

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