Summer is in full-swing here at the Mills house.
And you know, I’m not even gonna lie: I’m not winning any awards for keeping a super tight schedule with lots of crafty activities for the kids. I tend to come up with handmade ideas for our home or gifts on a whim, and not so much the kiddy-crafty-learning kind. But our daughter loves to create and craft, so in the vain of speaking her love language, every now and then I try to be a little more intentional in the kids crafts department.
For our craft today, I went with a real simple and oh so cute little crocodile craft. It was inspired by the crafts and activities page on the San Diego Zoo website, which I highly recommend for some zoo-themed inspiration. The site is uber kid-friendly, with monkey and bird noises to boot.
- green paint + brush
- pipe cleaners
- small googly eyes
Making your crocodile clothespins is super simple (remember? that’s how we roll: simple. It works for us!).
- Paint the clothespin and set aside to dry.
- Cut a green pipe cleaner into thirds; then bend the ends of each piece towards the middle, creating a “U” shape.
- Open your clothespin and put the front legs all the way back. They will secure in place when the clothespin is closed.
- Add the second legs to the back and secure in place with glue.
- Glue your googly eyes to complete the look.
The kids wanted to make other animals, too, so we branched out and added a bird and butterfly to the mix.
Told you, simple. And the kids loved thinking up new animals to create. Now on to our activity for the day.
While we’re talking zoo, did you know there are several apps and sites that let you watch zoo exhibits live? Today’s activity is something you can do via your phone or computer and join in on a virtual tour of live animal exhibits around the globe. Adrian’s mom shared this discovery with us a few months ago with the live penguin exhibit and I kid you not, grown ups like it too! Our kids still ask to check in on the penguins every now and then. And while of course going to the zoo in real life is best, when you can’t make it, you can still check in on what the animals are doing, in real time.
Keep this post handy, too, as it’s a great little entertainer if you’re stuck in a waiting room or otherwise in need of a few moments of kid-friendly viewing.
Apps + Exhibits You Can Watch Live
The Panda Cam // San Diego Zoo
The Rhino Cam // Houston Zoo
Live Penguin Cam // California Academy of Sciences (this one has an app version so you can check in via your mobile device… it’s too fun).
Smithsonian National Zoo app // This one costs $1.99 for the phone app but you can view several different exhibits
Live Pacific Reef Cam // Animal Planet TV
Alaskan Brown Bears + Other Zoo to You live exhibits // Columbus Zoo
I hope you enjoyed summer fun camp today!
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