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Obsessed with Tigers- activity ideas?

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My 3 yr old (on the 20th) is obsessed with tigers. We don't have a portable one for long car trips. She has national geographic movies- and everytime we go somewhere she begs for the one on siberian tigers. She's so intrigued and interested in Tigers right now.

any ideas of things we can do together that would be learning experiences that would be associated with tigers?

Next month we're going to a large cat rescue that has really nice natural habitats from what we have read.

Any ideas or suggestions?
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There are many wild animal, zoo, and safari themes on preschool pages. Do a quick search for preschool themes.

Here is one on cats that has some tiger activites at the bottom:

Good luck and have fun!
When obsessions hit, puppets are a great way to act them out. See if you can find a tiger puppet, a friend puppet, and a puppet the tiger can "chase". Endless play, snugglyness, and portability!
Dig out and read "Tyger, Tyger". The one that goes "Tyger, Tyger, burning bright/ In the forests of the night." I love that poem. Totally spacing on who it's by right now.
Great suggestion Ravin!

The Tyger
by William Blake
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forest of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer and what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare it's deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile, his work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forest of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

It's in the public domain, so I don't think copyright is an issue. is a wonderful site with a children's section.
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wow, thanks! great poem- and great site. I really appreciate all the suggestions so far!
When ds was into sharks, I got a couple of unit study books on sharks from the local teacher supply/education store. They had great ideas for projects to do. We made a tiger shark out of a paper towel tube, some sandpaper and markers. It was so cool.

We did a biome diorama of the ocean, we did clay models of sharks, we made posters by drawing and doing collages that gave information on sharks (like which sharks are most likely to attack humans or diagramming the anatomy of a shark)- he loved these and they decorated his walls for a long time, we visited aqua zoos and museums that had displays and housed living sharks. We read books, etc. Everything else we did involved writing since he is older than your dd.

I kind of like that emmersion into a topic. I do it too. So I encourage it in my son.

Check out especially the craft section (not much on tigers - just a few printouts- but tons on other topics, some that you could adapt). I tried finding good sites on tigers for kids, but the only one I liked was already posted.
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Maybe you could go to the libray and get a ton of books about tigers....non fiction and fiction. I bet there are a lot of great story books about tigers. Art projects are fun too....I like the clay tiger idea...maybe paper mache too...or have her draw a picture of a tiger and scan it and prit it on and iron on transfer sheet and make her a t-shirt.

If you have a local zoo maybe you could spend some time at the tiger exhibit. Just chill for a while and observe them....maybe even bring her some paper and crayons so she can draw pictures of them.
Is there a large zoo near you? Even if there isn't, I bet many of the large zoos have info on their websites. We recently went to a zoo that had a window on the back of the ledge in the tiger's enclosure, and you coudl literally stand eye to eye with the tiger (with a huge plate of glass between you). It was awesome!
Yeah, yeah- I know the issues with zoos, but it's an experience I will always remember.
Another great book we have is an Indian folk tale called "The Tiger Child." It has been one of our favorites for years.

check your library for videos with tigers. i'm sure there will be plenty!

my daughter learned a lot about tigers from the PC game Zoo Tycoon, but she is a bit older than your dd...
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