This activity is an oldie-but-goodie in our household, one of Travis’s favorite games to play before bed. We only play a couple of times a month so that it’s always exciting when I announce it’s a night to hunt for our animal friends!
While your child isn’t looking, hide a few stuffed animals, preferably jungle-themed. This set from Giggle fits the bill perfectly. I recommend “hiding” the animals in fairly obvious places so your little one doesn’t get frustrated.
As part of your bedtime routine, dim the lights and announce that it’s safari time. I love giving Travis a flashlight to hold as he searches to add to the excitement, and he loves when his spotlight falls on a furry find.
Somebody’s getting warmer…
Tada! Travis triumphantly uncovers a hippo:
And is that a monkey under the couch?
Encourage your child to name the animals they have found, for some fun vocab practice as well. And now good night!