Momma is Taking Us to the Zoo Tomorrow


Our zookeeper theme was one of my most favorite yet! We learned all about a day in the life of a zookeeper from an interview with one of our very own, hard working animal keepers– Jodi! Thanks Jodi for coming to class despite all the work you have to do everday feeding and cleaning up after our animals here at Oatland!

As we all know a zookeepers keys are the most important item they use every day. If you lose your keys it could mean a lot of trouble (hey, you may even end up locked up inside an animal’s cage if they find your keys). So to role play zookeepers, we made our own set of zoo keys out of popsicle sticks and pictures of zoo animals; and, according to some of our moms and dads, this craft was a hit long after TT was over. So many pretend doors were unlocked and locked at our little wee one’s private zoos. This is fun to see how one of my most dedicated students made an imaginary zoo at her home with all her books and stuffies:

paloma the zookeeper

We read a few cute stories such as this one by Karma Wilson teaching us why it is important to be quiet at the zoo:


I wasn’t sure how a zookeeper theme would go, but I have to say I think it may be on my top 5 best TT themes ever!

About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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