On safari

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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

These safari-themed activities will take you to the far-flung corners of the world, from the classic African adventure to tracking tigers in India or jaguars in South America

Safari © Frank Herholdt/www.gettyimages.com

Activities in this article:

  1. Take to the road
  2. Safari sounds
  3. Safari park

1. Take to the road

Get dressed up and ready to go

Communication, Language and Literacy

Language for Thinking

Development matters: use talk to give new meanings to objects and actions, treating them as symbols for other things (30-50 months); begin to use talk to pretend imaginary situations (40-60+ months).

Early Learning Goal: use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences. Group size: up to five children at a time.

What you need

Download the ‘I spy… on safari’, Activity Sheet 7 ; pictures of safari Jeeps; khaki coloured or camouflage patterned clothes and hats; toy cameras and binoculars; animal identification books; cardboard boxes; wooden blocks; chairs; toy steering wheel; toy animals.

What to do

Show children pictures of people on safari. Talk about their clothes and the type of vehicles they travel in. Explain that a safari is a journey to spot and photograph wild animals, such as lions and elephants. Traditionally, they take place in Africa but people go on wildlife safaris in India or the Amazon.

Explain that they can work in groups outside to play ‘Going on safari’. They will need to make themselves a safari vehicle to travel in and wear special clothes as camouflage so that they don’t scare the animals. Make boxes, blocks and chairs available for this. Remind them to take their cameras and binoculars!

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