I’d like to say we are an animal family, because we really do love animals, but I reserve that status for those cool families that start naming off the animals at their house, and it begins to sound more like a pet shop than a house, ya know? Our next door neighbors, for example, are the proud owners of several chickens, a couple of guinea pigs, some lizards, some fish and a cat. (They actually would have a few more chickens if the poor things hadn’t made the unfortunate choice of flying over into our fenced back yard where they were basically hunting practice for our mutt who happens to be part bird dog) Anyway, THEY, in my opinion, are animal people. We have two dogs – – big deal. But we honestly do adore animals, and think it is kinda cool having a “pet store” right next door.
So, in honor of those many-legged, sometimes furry, sometimes scaly, always interesting critters, I’m dedicating today’s HHH to the animal of the species. Enjoy!
- First off, a video game with educational value – – no that is not a oxymoron. I’m talking about Animal Genius for Nintendo DS. This game is chock full of animal facts and trivia.
- Smithsonian National Zoological Park Homework Helper – if I had animal homework, I’d want the Smithsonian having my back. If you’ve got a question about animals and their habitats, you’ll probably find the answer here.
- BBC Extreme Animals – Is there any other kind?? Watch all the videos on this page, then you decide which animal gets the title “Most Extreme”
- Who doesn’t like animal games? PBS Kids has a great one called Link-o-Vision that lets you match up animals with their characteristics.
- Enchanted Learning Animal Printouts – When my kids were younger we had a ball with Enchanted Learning’s printouts…there are so many creative ways to use them. Games, scrapbooks, lapbooks, scavenger hunts…the possibilities are endless.
- We LOVE animal cams!! The National Zoo Animal Cams is a weekly must-visit site for any animal lover.
- I don’t know about you, but I still miss Steve Irwin. If he were alive today, I think he would really love the Field Trip Earth website, which is completely devoted to animal conservation
- AnimalLand – If you have kids who want a pet of their own, make sure they visit this site first for all the info on pet care for different kinds of pets. There are cartoons and information for every future pet owner.
- HumaneTeen – a great site where teens can learn about and get involved with animal welfare issues
- AnimalBytes – incredible site where you can find out about every kind and type of animal, watch videos about them, and even hear the sounds they make
- Discovery School’s Animal Lesson Plans – Organized by grade level, this is a comprehensive list of lesson plans for anyone studying animals
- Pet Pals Animal Doctor – this downloadable game lets you play veterinarian, and learn about the animals you care for in an interactive and up close way
- Zoobooks Animal Directory – Remember Zoobooks? Well don’t think you’ve seen everything they have to offer because their website is high tech and high fun!