I love encouraging a love of nature in my kiddos. For us, that means lots of time outside, which inevitably includes crawling/flying/slithering creatures. This may freak some people out; if that’s you, sorry. If that freaks you out, but interests your kids, keep reading! And, of course, if YOU love reptiles, definitely read on.
Here are some resources I found for mamas whose little ones love reptiles. And honestly, you can visit most of these places/websites and replace “reptiles” with whatever else your kids are interested in to get activities, ideas, and learning!
- The Mayborn Museum: the new Backyard Ecology exhibit in our very own children’s museum is incredible. Fun fact, they are now a part of the ASTC passport program, so you can buy a membership (experience Christmas gift, anyone?) and also be able to visit the Thinkery in Austin, the Perot Museum in Dallas, and way more!
- Anything David Attenborough. The series Life is on Netflix; see episode 2 about reptiles and amphibians. Here’s another list of the best videos about reptiles on Netflix!
- National Geographic Kids free primary resources.
- Reptiles Alive: this website has some super fun coloring pages, puzzles, word searches, and a memory game related to reptiles!
- ChildFun: a website full of free creative activities and fun things to do with your child in many areas of interest, link is to reptiles & amphibians theme.
- A detailed list of 10 reptile books for the young reader in your life.
- ReptiFiles: Thinking about getting a pet reptile? This website is dedicated to compiling current research on reptile care, and she has even ranked possible pets in order of difficulty of care.
- Reptile Resource Packet: if you want your children to learn more about reptiles, but don’t know anything more than the little facts printed on the walls at the zoo, this is a fun starting place. It’s made for 2nd graders, but many of the activities could be adapted for younger or older kids.
- This fun list of resources related to prehistoric sea monsters, to take it up to the next level. They basically combine reptiles & dinosaurs, and are there kids who DON’T think dinosaurs are interesting?
Happy reptile learning, mamas & little ones of Waco! Let us know your favorite ideas & how they go below, in the comments 🙂