Go Wild!

Go Wild!

The Bank Holiday weekend meant that some of the children in my class were visiting the zoo or safari park & I knew they would be ‘full of it’ when we returned to Nursery.  With this in mind, I thought they might enjoy a bit of wild animal play. Here are a few of the experiences we enjoyed…


We loved listening to the story, ‘My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh’ – a lovely book if you are looking at patterns & as the family visit a safari park in the story, great for us this week!

My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh by Nick Sharratt (",)


Wild Animal Small World Play

Wild animal small world play from Rachel (",)

Some of them migrated outside to splash in the puddles too…

Playing with wild animals in the puddles outside - from Rachel (",)


Finger Gym

Threading and transferring on the Finger Gym from Rachel (",)

Threading – different sized beads, with different size holes & a choice of pipe-cleaners, laces & wire to thread with…

Different sized threading from Rachel (",)

Transferring popcorn kernels (& beads!!)…

Using fine motor skills to transfer popcorn kernels (and beads!) from Rachel (",)

I get lots of questions asking if my areas stay tidy, so I thought I’d share the ‘aftermath’ on the finger gym…

Aftermath on the finger gym from Rachel (",)

I didn’t expect them to explore the beads in this way, but I discovered this at the end of the morning…

Unplanned transient art on the finger gym - from Rachel (",)


Invitation to Snip & Cut

Invitation to snip & cut from Rachel (",)

Some of the children still find scissors tricky to manipulate, so starter scissors were available too…

Snipping and cutting from Rachel (",)

One little boy decided to make a picture…

Snipping and cutting with purpose from Rachel (",)


Weaving ‘Snakes’ 

The willow obelisk was only £1 from Poundland & the children loved threading the large pipe cleaners through it…

Weaving 'snakes' (large pipe cleaners) from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities

Wild animals and pattern in the maths area from Rachel (",)

I found this ‘abandoned play’ & loved how the child had independently decided to match some colours.

Independent colour matching - from Rachel (",)

It led to us matching animal prints…

Matching animal print from Rachel (",)

Simple Counting & Number Recognition

These animal print boxes came from Ikea about 12 years ago. I have no idea if they still do them!

Simple counting and number recognition from Rachel (",)


Wild Animals in the Dough

Along with stones, glass nuggets, sticks & matchsticks…

Wild animals in the dough from Rachel (",)



Bugs were requested so I put them in the water tray. However, they didn’t stay out for long as they were only played with for a short time…

Buggy fun from Rachel (",)



We swapped them for turtles & they were very popular!

Turtles in the water tray from Rachel (",)


Lizards in the Sand

Lizards in the sand from Rachel (",)


Transient Art

(& a bit of building with the animal print boxes too!)

Transient art and other fun with wild animals - from Rachel (",)


Animals & Rainbow Blocks on the Lightbox 

Animals on the lightbox from Rachel (",)


Exploring Reflections 

They are still loving my handmade triangular prism mirror box 😀

Homemade Triangular Mirror Prism Box from Rachel (",)

Exploring reflections from Rachel (",)

Exploring reflections from Rachel (",)


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Aftermath in the maths area from Rachel (",)

Aftermath in the maths area!

– Rachel (“,)


  1. You read my mind Rachel. I love looking at all your lovely ideas but I despair when my areas end up looking such a mess once the children get in there. I love the wooden containers you use – I’m keeping my eyes open for them. Thanks for sharing

    • Real life in the early years classroom 😉
      Good luck with your wooden bowl hunt, Jeanette! x


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