Come along, cubs, it’s Baby Animals Week at Camp Khan Kids! Get ready to cuddle up with the world’s cutest animal buddies. This week kids can learn about calves, foals, ducklings, piglets, puppies, and more! 🐷
See the schedule below for this week’s activities and scroll through this article to find details and links. Feel free to mix and match activities to fit your family's needs.
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Watch: Farm Animal Circle Time
Welcome to a super cute Baby Animals Week at Camp Khan Kids. On Circle Time, take a tractor ride around the farm to see little animal buddies spring into action. Sing along with Caitie from Super Simple Songs and practice farm animal sounds as she sings “Old MacDonald Had A Farm.” Read Baby Horses by Bellwether Media with Caroline and Sophie. Then, get your daily exercise in with Coach Kelli by moving as if you were on a farm!
Read: Baby Cows
Look at the calves on the farm while reading Baby Cows by Bellwether Media. Find this title in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library, which features Camp Khan Kids summer reading for the month of July. Children who are just beginning to read can choose Read to Me, and readers who would like to practice reading by themselves can try Read by Myself. See the baby cows drink milk to grow up strong and enjoy bath time with their mom.
Write: Color animals on the farm
Today’s coloring page features two cows and an iconic barn. Find this coloring page in our printable packet, or in the Create tab of the Khan Kids Library for the month of July. Put imaginations to work by creating the world’s most colorful cows. For more farm animal fun, check out these worksheets and activities from our friends at Super Simple.
Learn: Number groups and comparisons
Sometimes baby animals arrive in groups, like in a nest of eggs or in a litter of kittens. Help kids count and compare numbers by practicing math in the Khan Kids app. Go to the Math tab of the Khan Kids Library to find math practice for each age level. Or, do the baby animal counters and least-to-greatest worksheet in this week’s printable pack.
Play: Build a baby animal barn
It’s barn building time! Repurpose tissue boxes, pasta boxes, or any other cardboard boxes to make a barn. Pick out a paper towel cardboard tube for the grain silo. Decorate the barn in red, white, brown, or any other color. Try making an opening for a door in the front to let toy animals in and out. Don’t forget cozy fabric for bedding to keep the animals warm. For an easy option, open a shoebox for a barn animal stable. Here are some photos from The Crafty Crow and Miraculove for inspiration.
Watch: Baby Pigs Circle Time
Join our Circle Time hosts as they read the book Baby Pigs by Bellwether Media. See real-life photos of little piglets, and learn about how they grow, play, and dig for food. Then see more baby animals from the county fair. Don’t miss the ducklings!
Read: Baby Pigs
Open the Khan Kids app to the book Baby Pigs to find out how piglets spend their day on the farm. Find this title in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. Encourage readers to notice interesting features about the piglets, like their big floppy ears and their sensational snouts. What are the snouts used for? Digging in the dirt!
Write: Make a list of baby animal names
Use the writing paper from this week’s printable packet to make a list of animals and their baby names. So far this week we’ve learned that baby cows are called calves and baby pigs are called piglets. What are baby dogs, baby cats, and baby ducks called? Bonus points if kids identify Kodi’s baby animal name. Cub on, can you guess?
Learn: Rules and directions
Bringing a new animal into the home can be exciting, but it’s also an important time to learn rules and directions to ensure the pet is cared for. Ask children what kind of rules they would make to keep a new animal feel safe and welcome. Then, head to the Logic+ tab of the Khan Kids app to practice following directions and rules. Little learners can practice sorting and rules, while older learners can practice memory matching and multi-step directions.
Play: Make an animal playset with cardboard tubes
Let's make toy animals to go with our barns! Gather cardboard tubes to create a whole playset of baby animals. The nice thing about cardboard tubes is that they stand up independently. Use markers to draw the eyes, and add paper for the noses and ears. If you have colored paper or paint, use pink for piglets, yellow for chicks, and white for cows. Here are some photos from Kids Activities Blog and Crafts by Amanda to use as a guide.
💛 Note: When we play at Camp Khan Kids, we can be as flexible or creative as necessary. Do what works best for you. If you have a different idea for creating an animal playset, go for it! For example, we've seen baby animal crafts made out of paper plates and cups, too. Let your imagination flow. We just hope that you share your creations with us because we love seeing artwork from our campers! #campkhankids
Watch: Puppy Fun Circle Time
Today on Circle Time, Caroline and Sophie read the book Baby Dogs by Bellwether Media. Learn all about puppies, and join special guest Teacher Sarah who introduces her dog, Zeke. Watch Zeke’s tricks, and learn about how to take care of pets. Then, meet Sophie’s puppies and see all of the fun they have on the farm!
Read: Baby Dogs
Dogs are quite popular these days! Open up the Baby Dogs book in Khan Academy Kids. Find this title in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. Learn how long puppies need to stay with their moms before they can move to a new home. See baby dogs learn new tricks, like how to sit. Ask your kids what types of dogs were in the book. We saw golden retrievers, dalmatians, labradors, bulldogs, and huskies. Too cute!
Write: Describe your dream pet
Invite campers to write about their pet or a pet they’d like to have someday. Describe the type of animal, its name, where it sleeps, and how it plays. Older learners can use the writing paper in this week’s printable packet. Little learners can color and narrate a pet tale with today’s coloring page.
Learn: Clocks and telling time
Many pets appreciate a certain routine in their day, like mealtime. Learning how to tell time is an important part of having a pet. Campers can practice telling time with clock lessons in Khan Academy Kids. Find them in the Math tab of the Khan Kids Library in the 1st and 2nd grade learning levels. Lessons are under the “Measurement & Shapes” and “Shapes, Time, & Money” sections. Little learners will enjoy turning the hands on Kodi’s clocks!
Play: Give toy animals a bath for water sensory play
It’s time for water play! If there are toy animals in the home, find out which ones can be submerged and fill a tub with soapy water. If you have a real pet who needs a bath, maybe it’s time to wash the dog? If you’d rather avoid that, stick to toy animals, toy cars, or anything in or around the household that needs a good scrub. Here is some inspiration from Where Imagination Grows.
Image from Where Imagination Grows
Watch: Baby Elephant Circle Time
Read two books about elephants during Circle Time with Khan Academy Kids. Caroline and Sophie start with Baby Elephants by Bellwether Media and show real-life pictures of elephants in nature. Next, they read a story about Ollo the elephant by Cynthia Platt.
Read: Baby Bears
Come along, cubs. It’s time to read about baby bears. Read the book Baby Bears to witness the playful nature of these cuddly icons. Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library. Learn when cubs are born, how they’re cared for, and what they look for when climbing trees.
Write: Match wildlife to continents with Climate Science
While we’re on the topic of animals, check out this animal-to-continent matching activity at Climate Science. The handout features seven animals to cut out and match with seven continents. You can find this handout on their website, here. Our campers who joined us for Travel the World Week will be especially eager to use their geography knowledge again. Meanwhile, littler learners may like this baby animal matching activity from Super Simple. Adorable!
Learn: Parts of a book
We love reading books at Camp Khan Kids. Books include special details that provide background on the story. Head to the Reading tab in the Khan Kids Library to open the lessons about parts of a book. Find the lessons in the Kindergarten learning level in the “Reading Foundational Skills” section. Learn about titles, authors, and illustrators. Someday, our hope is that the campers from Camp Khan Kids can become authors and illustrators too!
Play: Assemble stuffed animals for storytime
Encourage campers to host storytime for their stuffed animal friends. Stuffed animals are lightweight and easy to move around the house. Gather them up in a favorite cozy nook. Pull out a blanket and a stack of favorite books. Read to the animals! Pretend that they are asking questions about the book. Take their questions and provide answers—since now kids know about parts of a book! We love this setup from the Ontario Librarian.
Image from Ontario Librarian
Watch: Baby Monkey Circle Time
Start today’s Circle Time with Caitie from Super Simple Songs as she sings “Walking in the Jungle.” Then, talk with Caroline and Sophie about how jungle animals look and sound. See super cute baby animal moments as they read the book Baby Monkeys by Bellwether Media.
Read: Baby Gorillas
Get ready for a piggyback ride with mama gorilla while reading the Baby Gorillas book in Khan Academy Kids. Find this title in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. Peer into a day in the life of a baby gorilla to see them play, explore, and cuddle up for snuggle time!
Write: Fill in your certificate for completing the week!
Time to celebrate! Invite campers to fill out their certificates for completing the week. Find the certificate in the printable packet. During the month of July, you can also find a digital version inside the app, which campers can export and save. Consider sharing your certificate with a friend so they can join Camp Khan Kids too. All of our programs are available for free—for anyone, anywhere!
Learn: Animal Yoga
Did you know that many yoga poses are inspired by animals? Head to the Videos tab in the Khan Kids Library (1st or 2nd grade level) and scroll down to the Yoga & Movement section. Start in downward-facing dog, step up to frog pose, and inhale for cobra. Warming up with these stretches can help kids get a healthy start to the day!
Play: Plan a field trip or take a virtual petting zoo tour
Try planning a field trip this Friday! Seeing animals up close is a great way to stimulate wonder and appreciation for the many friends in our natural world. Kids can find animals by going out for a walk to see if there are any furry friends in the neighborhood or by heading to a local farm or petting zoo. If you don’t have a petting zoo nearby, check out this one that we found online for you!
Have a great weekend! 👋
We hope this week has helped your little learners enjoy the wonder of animals! We love seeing your stories and photos on social media. To join the fun follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and include #campkhankids on your posts. You’re also welcome to submit your child’s artwork to be featured in our art show!