Animal Magic with Young Learners (by Leahn Stanhope)

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  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    I love your list of props, Leahn. Teachers who are starting with young learners should pay attention–those props are the equivalent of pantry staples for children’s classes 🙂

    This is also a great set of activities to exploit your props! I really like how you’ve included a range of activities so that teachers can adapt one set of props for varying ages and language skills.

    I’m SO glad you decided to share this. It’s a great addition to this blog.


  2. Pumkin Dan says:

    I love props.

    This is a great post and I agree, teachers who are starting or continuing to teach little ones should pay attention.

    I like the idea of animals in the class, I have a few already but some smaller plastic ones might be very useful. Thanks.

    • Leahn Leahn says:

      Hi Dan,

      Thanks for reading my post. I’ve been teaching childern for many years but only recently did I see someone using plastic animals in class and then start to use them myself.

      They really are very versatile. I’m working in a CLIL programme and we teach science through English they’re really useful for classifying animals based on different characteristics. Imagine an activity where children are asked to seperate the animal into reptiles, insects, mammals, amphibians and birds.

      I’m happy to see that you share my love of props and I’ve been over to your site and it looks great so I’ll be returning.

      Thanks for commenting it’s really supportive and helpful and I really appreciate it.


  3. Hi Leahn,
    Great post! An activity I like to do on the topic of animals (although it doesn’t involve plastic animals, it could as inspiration) is to get the children inventing new animals by mixing and matching. They choose two or three different animals and draw the new creature which is a mixture of those animals, they give it a suitable or imaginative name, and then they write sentences about it.
    You can get some amazing creatures from their imaginations! There is a good activity in a resource book (can’t remember which) where students make a book of animals standing on two legs and it is cut at the neck and at the top of the legs, creating funny animals for children to ask questions about, e.g Has it got a lion’s head? Excellent for practising “‘s” and can be followed up with many activities. I’ll stop now!

    • Leahn Leahn says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Good to see you hear and thanks for commenting! Guest posting is quite scary! I like using the activity you’ve mentioned in class but the children like it even more! I think it’s based on a boardgame called misfits that mixes different character like a clown and ugh can’t remember the rest. Thanks for reminding us of this one and for taking the time to share!


  4. Excellent post, Leahn. I enjoyed reading it very much and I love the idea of the plastic animals. Full of great tips, which I will definitely be bookmarking to show my group of primary teachers soon.

    Many thanks for sharing!

    • Leahn Leahn says:

      Hi Janet,

      Glad you liked it and even better that you found something interesting to share with other teachers. That’s what I love about blogging, twitter, PLNs and conferences, listening to the ‘voices’ of other teachers and picking up things along the way.

      I love the fact that we are constantly sharing ideas and learning new things. One of the great things about this job!



  5. Leahn Leahn says:

    Thanks guys!

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