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North Hills Kids in the Park Pt. I – Animal Day

Now, more than ever, it is important to keep our children engaged and stimulated as we all work through this period of uncertainty.  North Hills Kids, presented by Wells Orthodontics, is here to help!  We will be picking up the weekly blog posts again following the originally planned theme.  When we all work to #stayhome, we can move closer toward gathering outside together very soon!

For our first NH Kids in the Park, we would have welcomed Dan the Animal Man, so this week’s post is dedicated to wildlife!


What better way to learn about animals than from our very own zoo!  The North Carolina Zoo is open to the public as long as you purchase tickets in advance by clicking HERE to reserve your visit.  The NC Zoo is also offering online camps for your children to attend.  These camps range in age and time, to learn more about ways to get your child involve visit the Virtual Camp site today.

National Geographic Kids is a great resource to explore all different types of animals.  Click on the different links to see fun facts about each animal and learn about where they come from!

Fun Facts 

Shark Fun Facts

Cheetah Fun Facts

Koala Fun Facts

Turtle Fun Facts

Blue Whale Facts

Crafts & Activities

Paper Plate Elephant


  • Large Paper Plate
  • Gray Tissue Paper
  • Gray/White/Black Cardstock
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Cut gray tissue paper into small squares & set aside.
  2. Cover paper plate in glue & place cut tissue paper on the plate until it is covered.
  3. Cut out the other elephant features from the cardstock.  Large ears, a tail, legs, eyes and a large trunk.
  4. Staple/glue on the cardstock pieces in their designated spots, and decorate as you see fit!

Mini Zoo Themed Sensory Bin



This bin can be organized in plenty of different ways, here are a few examples that can help your children learn about each animal.

  1. Divide the bin by what each animal eats
  2. Divide the bin by which animals live on water and which live on land

This activity can be done with farm animals, ocean animals, or dinosaurs!

DIY Dinosaur Fossils

Octopus Craft

Get to know the rainforest animals and plants by clicking HERE and downloading the free coloring page full of exotic wildlife.

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