Fun with Animals
A fluffy bunny, a clucky chicken, even a squishy silkworm.
You’d have to be blindfolded to miss the delight in a child’s face when they interact with other living things (that aren’t human of course) but there’s much more to children and animal interactions than meets the eye.
When children have opportunities to spend time with animals, it’s about much more than just stimulating their senses.
Yes, they love furry cuddles and experiencing the different ways that animals look, eat, move, sound and feel – but research shows that animal interactions can actually improve children’s social interaction, reduce stress and anxiety and increase motivation and learning.
Animals have long been embraced by educators as a valuable resource in supporting and enriching children’s learning.
Occasionally, the Educators fro Dragonfly's Early Learning at coolum Beach, organise animal-based incursions and excursions to provide opportunities for children to have direct contact with animals and develop bonds with them.
When children interact with animals, they build the all-important senses of connection, empathy and caring. They feel a sense of responsibility and are curious to find out more about the animal.
Caring for a pet instills respect for life and an awareness of the needs of others as well as giving children an understanding of how their behavior can affect others.
The children at Dragonfly's Early Learning are focusing on their farm animals andlove it!!
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