Plants With Animal Names: Tips For Creating A Zoo Flower Garden With Kids

By: Anne Baley

The best way to teach kids to be avid gardeners is to allow them to have their own garden patch at a young age. Some kids might enjoy growing a vegetable patch, but flowers fill another need in life and look more impressive when the little ones want to show off their skills.

You can have even more fun by creating a zoo flower garden with them – putting in flowers and plants with animal names.

What is a Zoo Garden?

Some plants get their names because parts of the flower look exactly like the animal’s head and others because of the color of the plant. This offers the perfect opportunity to talk to your child about different animals and how they fit into the plant world.

You’ll have fun identifying each plant’s characteristics with your child while your garden is growing all season long.

Zoo Garden Theme

Almost every plant that has an animal name is a flower, so a zoo garden theme will almost always be set around a yard full of fragrant blooms. Sit down with your child and go through some seed and plant catalogs to choose your zoo garden theme.

  • Do you want to grow flowers of all one color such as red cardinal flowers and cockscomb?
  • Would you rather stick with jungle, prairie or forest animal names like tiger lily, zebra grass, elephant ears, kangaroo paws and Teddy Bear sunflower?
  • Maybe you prefer plants named after creatures that fly like bee balm, bat flower and butterfly weed.

Talk with your child about his or her favorite colors and animals, and decide together the theme for your zoo garden.

How to Create a Zoo Garden for Kids

When making a zoo garden for kids, the size of the garden should compare with the size of the child. It’s unreasonable to expect a five-year-old to take care of a garden that fills the yard, but he or she may want to help with some of the chores if you want a large planting.

Older children can handle their own plots, especially if you cut them down to a fraction of the full yard.

Some of the seeds and plants you want to grow may be unusual and difficult to find. Take to the internet to search for small seed companies that may offer odd and rare plants. You’ll have much better luck with a company that services the entire planet than with your neighborhood nursery.

On the other hand, if you find any of your specimens in the local garden shop, you’re better off purchasing them there, because they’re used to growing in your local environment.

The whole idea of gardening with children is to spend time together and make memories. Celebrate your successful garden by taking pictures and making an album of your creation, from planting day to the middle of summer when the garden is filled with bright flowers.

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Zoo and safari park reopening dates

If you’ve been missing catching up with your favourite animal attractions, then you’ll be glad to hear that they’ll be open again soon. Here are the confirmed opening dates for some of the best zoos in the UK - again you’ll need to book in advance in most cases.

Edinburgh Zoo , Edinburgh - Open to Edinburgh residents only from 26th February

West Midland Safari Park , Worcestershire - Monday 12th April

Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire - Monday 12th April, tickets available now

Marwell Zoo, Hampshire - Hoping to reopen on Monday 12th April

Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire - Book now for visits from Monday 12th April

Woburn Safari Park, Buckinghamshire - Planning to reopen on Monday 12th April, tickets not yet on sale

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, South Yorkshire - Reopening Monday 12th April, tickets available to book online now

Zoo themed Language Arts Activities

Start your zoo unit study these fun language arts activities.

  • Adorable, Zoo Animals Uppercase Letter Tracing printable
  • ABC crafts from toilet paper rolls
    Make a zoo animal for every letter of the alphabet.
  • Literacy Zoo Snack Idea + Free Printable
    Make this fun monkey snack after reading the book Zoo Day.
  • Free Going to the Zoo Printable Book
    Download this free printable interactive zoo book for emergent readers.
  • Zoo Animals Beginning Sounds Clip Cards
    Reinforce or teach initial sounds with these fun zoo animals clip cards.
  • Alpha-Zoo Phonics Chart
    These free printable animal alphabet flash cards are great for beginning learners.
  • Free Printable Zoo Scavenger Hunts
    There are 11 different scavenger hunts in this set, perfect for preschoolers through to 6th grade.
  • Zoo Blends & Digraph Easy Reader Book
    This printable zoo themed easy reader is a great match for a zoo themed unit.
  • Zoo Animal Report Template
    These free printable worksheets will help students of all ages make an animal report and will help them explore the zoo more in-depth.
  • Many zoos have an aviary learn about birds for preschoolers with this printable alphabet book
  • Animal Antonyms Puzzles
    Kids will have fun with these free printable silly animal cards as they learn about antonyms.
  • Jungle Animal Writing Prompts
    These animal writing prompts are the perfect activity to do after reading about or visiting the zoo.
  • Arctic Animals Sight Words Game
    Practice Primer Dolch sight words with this fun, free printable, Arctic Animals Sight Words Game.
  • Alphabet Zoo Sensory Bin.
    This is a great hands on activity to match zoo animals to each letter of the alphabet.
  • Free printable animal alphabet letters
    Use these free printable cards to practice writing and spelling animal names with magnetic letters
  • Animal Alphabet Follow The Letter Mazes
    There is a free printable zoo animal letter maze for every letter of the alphabet in this set.
  • Animals ABC Connect the Dots activity for early learners
  • Endangered Animals Free Printable Find the Letter Worksheets
    Preschoolers and kindergartners will love working on visual discrimination and letter recognition skills with these free printable, worksheets.
  • Nocturnal Animals Preschool Printable Alphabet book

Thumbprint Flowerpots

Here's another idea that makes great use of the cute prints kids' fingers make: decorating flowerpots. Mom Always Finds Out has the instructions and all you need are a few simple materials such as terra-cotta flowerpots, acrylic paint in a variety of bright colors, and a black marker. Oh, and of course, little thumbs dipped in paint! You can make butterflies, ladybugs, or whatever else you and your child can think of to decorate ordinary flowerpots and transform them into pretty plant holders!

For parents and adults

Kids aren't the only ones who need extracurriculars. As workout classes cancel and restaurants shut down across the nation, adults and parents might be getting antsy as well.

Don't skip the gym just because social distancing is keeping you inside! Orangetheory is posting new 30-minute workouts daily, Barry's Bootcamp is offering free at-home workouts on IGTV twice a day and popular NYC cardio dance studio 305 Fitness is sharing fun daily dance sessions on their YouTube channel.

Gordon Ramsay offers classes teaching basic cooking skills on his YouTube channel. It's just like learning from the chef himself, although if you mess up you'll have to call yourself an "idiot sandwich."

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