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Tribute to the Dog our first Pet and
Discuss some of this
information with the children and adapt to the age group.
Dog, dogs, dogs! Yes, dogs are
believed to be human's first domesticated animal and pet. The
dog has been given the title of: "Honorary
Dogs and human beings started a wonderful friendship more than
14,000 years ago! That was a long time ago! For this reason we will
start to celebrate the joy of pets and the joy they bring to us by
paying tribute to them, since they have certainly earned that
right. Dogs have an endless list of good attributes and help
human beings in almost every area: in the beginning they
started helping us search for food, later they gave us many other
gifts: friendship, unconditional love, protection, safety,
search and rescue, safeguarding liberty, helping the disabled population, and because of their love and companionship they
help us live longer and healthier lives! Again this is just a
fraction of what they have done and do for us.
Important Note: Below are a series of activities to
chose from. You may want to extend the dog
theme over a three day period or more (with
breaks in between). There is a lot of fun activities
that can be done and introducing alphabet letter D (dog) or letter P
(puppy) is very effective with
this theme. Tip: Choose one lengthy activity or two short ones
per day to keep the momentum.
Literature / Literacy:
Ideally it is important to include related literature to
the activities -- here are some suggestion off
line and online you may want to consider in the dog
Activity #1: Learning and Viewing Images of
Dogs - All Ages
Many children may already have a dog, or neighbor or relative that
owns one, so probably they might be familiar with them.
Depending upon these factors, you can start discussing what does the
child know about dogs, what s/he likes or dislikes about dogs,
etc. Other children may be familiar with famous dog book
characters or TV cartoon characters. These are all good
vehicles to start a dialogue and choose art and crafts activities
and literature that will keep the children motivated to learn about
this beloved animal and letter D.
and Learn about Dogs Online
Here are a number of images
(click to enlarge), you
may want to view together.
Chinese New Year > The dog is one of the twelve animals
represented in the Chinese
Activity #4: Dog Crafts
There are numerous wonderful crafts and coloring page activities to
choose from. To motivate and keep the children interested you
may want to choose the craft based on what type of dog the child
likes or has at home. Also, children may prefer to choose a
famous book character or TV/cartoon character.
Here are some suggestions to help you choose a craft or coloring
page activity. These crafts are divided in two sections:
generic ones and book or cartoon character related:
1. Generic Dog Crafts: A generic dog craft works
well with large groups so everyone is doing the same craft and
easier to manage by the educator or child care provider. The
easiest is the first - a paper bag puppet but it can also be
attached to two craft sticks (3 pieces). The other crafts
require a toilet paper tube or print on card stock and you can still
roll the template to form the cylinder shape:
* Dog or Puppy
with a Bone Craft (5 pieces)
This is a very easy craft for young children.
or Puppy Paper Bag Puppet Craft - Easy 3-piece
Matching Alphabet Letter D Dog and P Puppy
printable support materials.
Other external links to dog or puppy crafts:
Dog Craft -- this is a good choice to pay tribute to dogs that
assist Fire fighters and to discuss fire safety.
Buddy - Doctor
Doggy Craft - Career Veterinarian Ages 2+ and older
This is just a wonderful way to introduce the letter D and a great
craft for larger groups. Print your choice of black and white
or color version. Children will "dress" the letter
and will have a Doctor Doggy. This is a good opportunity to
discuss the career of veterinarian and what they do to care for
dogs. You may want to consider inviting a veterinarian or
veterinary assistant to come to the preschool or childcare facility
to give a fun presentation.
2. Book or TV/Cartoon Characters - These dog crafts
work well when activities are conducted at home or at family child
care facility with one child or smaller group. The children can
choose among their favorite characters and can be easily combined
with a guided video activity, watching and discussing a TV program
or a book:
* Blue's Clues- Choose from one of these
toilet paper tube crafts (3+) Blue
or this Big
Blue paper craft (2+) that can be dressed with various theme hats or
without a hat.
number of crafts to choose from.
* Scooby Doo - craft
Activity #3: Alphabet
Lesson Plan and Support Materials for D is for Dog and P is for Puppy
Introduce letter D Dog or P Puppy to reinforce letter
recognition. Older children can practice initial letter
tracing. Choose from black
and white version (to color image) or color version.
Tip for Tracer Pages: Insert in a transparent page sleeve and use with dry-erase
markers to be make the tracer reusable. Practice only one line
at a time with breaks to keep the child motivated.
Activity #4: Dog Coloring Pages Activity
1. Children will love these coloring page images and can also
be used for display during
presentation of the theme, decorate a bulletin board, use as the
front cover for a homemade coloring book, or as an
2. Supply a number of materials other than crayons to decorate
them. Fill the tails of other parts of the dogs body with
yarn, or thin strips of tissue paper, raffia or left over ribbon to
simulate hair. Use watercolors, sponges, or edible finger
paints for the younger crowd.
3. Surprise the children with a coloring book with 4 to 5 pages as the grand finale of the dog theme activities.
4. A large group can color different dog images, cut around
the images and decorate a large paper bone cut out to make a fun
bulletin board. Add the letter D inside the images.
Online Puzzles: Dog
Skill: Problem solving
Enjoy this online puzzle. These are great for a break and
the whole family can enjoy them by adjusting the amount of pieces
from 6 to 247 - click on the change cut button.
Refer to instructions for printable dog crafts links.
Most of the crafts suggested require:
*paper, card stock or
*glue or glue stick