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By Sally Grayearly years practitioner and writer

These activities will introduce children to different animal skin patterns, which can also develop observation and movement skills as they learn about camouflage and habitats

Giraffe © Matthias Clamer/

Activities in this article:

  1. Pattern dancing
  2. Find the animals
  3. Safe and secure

1. Pattern dancing

Guess the animal from its pattern and move like it

Expressive Arts and Design

Being imaginative

Development matters: capture experiences and responses with music, dance, paint and other materials or words (30-50 months); make comparisons and create new connections (40-60+ months).

Early Learning Goal: represent ideas, thoughts and feeling through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Group size: up to six children at a time.

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