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Hello Awesome Families! We are missing all of your children's faces and voices! Boyer is such a great space for creativity and learning, but we can have plenty of fun at home too. Check out these ideas from our educators. (If you have not scheduled a Virtual Visit with your team, it's simple! Learn more here.)


  • A lion's roar can be heard from as far as five miles away.
  • Most lions live in the savannah or grasslands. Just one population of wild forest-dwelling lions remains, in Gir Forest National Park, India.
  • When lions walk, their heels don't touch the ground. It would be like us walking on tip-toes all the time.
  • Tigers are the largest cat species in the world reaching up to 3.3 meters in length and weighing up to 670 pounds!
  • Tigers are great swimmers and actually like the water.
  • Tigers communicate using scent markings, visual signals and lots of sounds like roars, growls, snarls, grunts, moans, mews and hisses.
The board books “That's Not My Lion” and “That's Not My Tiger” are ideal for toddlers because they have predictable language and repetition and different textures for kids to touch. Try talking about the textures, “this lion feels soft”, or “that tiger feels smooth”, as you encourage your child to feel and notice the differences!

Try making a textured path for your child. It can be any interesting items to walk or crawl on. Outline the path with tape if needed and line up different squares of the following suggestions- carpet square, bubble wrap square, cardboard square, a plywood square, a textile square, and any other interesting texture you think would be fun. Adding a tunnel or blanket tent can add to the variety, encourage a new skill, and help with sensory tolerance.

Listen to Teacher Dara sing about lions!
This is a great activity to promote fine motor skills, planning skills and following multi-step directions.

Use an 8.5 x 11 or larger piece of blank or colored construction paper. Have your child put glue around the entire middle section of the paper. They can use a glue stick or they can ‘paint’ on liquid glue using a paint brush. This can help them to learn ‘tool use’ by using the paint brush to dip into a small bowl of liquid glue and brushing it all over the paper. It also helps them to learn a two-step process.

Next, have your child place the medium-sized paper circle near the middle of the paper and pat it to make it stick (this will be the lion’s face). Alternately, you can print the drawing of the lion face and cut it out.

Take about 20 spaghetti noodles and have your child help you break them into various lengths. This is a great two-handed fine motor activity. You can label or have your child name ‘long’ and ‘short’ pieces. Then, have your child use their pincer grasp to pick up individual pieces of spaghetti and place them around the circle in a starburst-like pattern to make the lion’s mane.

Finally, decorate (or draw) the lion face on the paper circle using crayons or markers. Practice having them ask for individual markers/crayons and you can label or have them name the colors.
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