Yesterday we visited Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury. We’ve been there a few times before (you can read about one of our previous visits HERE), and as usual we really enjoyed making our way around the park and stopping to look at some of the animals – as well as some plants – along the way.
We started off with a visit to the rhinos, followed by wild dogs, lions, ant eaters, monkeys and other primates of various kinds, lemurs, river hogs, elephants, a peacock, deer, wolves, honey badgers, gorillas, bison, a tapir, and more.
It’s my intention to write a more extensive post about Howletts at some point, but for this post, my main focus is on a follow-up activity that we’ve done today: A lotto type game using photos of some of the animals and plants we looked at yesterday!
Penguin and I made this game together. I started off by selecting 8 of the photos we took yesterday and editing them into squares, which I then arranged on a page in Word (2 rows of 4 pictures on each, evenly spaced to make them easy to cut out).
I printed out two copies, to make two sets of the same 8 pictures. I then sat down with Penguin at the table so that we could make the game as a joint effort. He cut the pictures out, while I cut some card into slightly larger squares than our photos.
Penguin then glued each photo onto a card square, while I got two sheets of thick A4 paper and drew 8 squares on each of them, and then wrote the names of the 8 things in our photos in those squares. And that was our game done and ready to play!
When playing, we put all the picture cards on the table with their backsides up, and then took turn picking a card and placing it on corresponding square on our ‘game boards’ (the A4 papers).
We also used this as an opportunity to practice using Penguin’s AAC app, by finding and naming each pictured object. I think it all worked out pretty well, and we got to practice some fine motor skills as well as communication and memory recollection, names of the plants and animals etc. And Penguin won, as he almost always does!
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