Let me just say that this activity was inspired by the following situation... one sick mommy and two sick kids who desperately needed a distraction one Sunday afternoon. It worked and kept everyone busy and sane for a long time! Success!
We started with some empty boxes from the garage. I worked with a box cutter and E worked with some scissors. We cut long strips of carboard out of the boxes to make what would look like bars. These became the animal cages in our pretend zoo.
Then E made signs for each cage and filled them with interesting creatures. I think we ended up with a ladybug pillow pet, a cat, horses and a live guinea pig.
E made tickets which she hole-punched as we walked through the zoo exhibits.
Then we had a breech in animal security. The ferocious guinea pig escaped from her cage.
Thankfully, the guinea pig (E said she was from Argentina....an Argentinian Guinea Pig.) was a friendly creature and just nibbled on some toes and a couch before being caught and returned to her home.
Have I mentioned how much I love guinea pigs?