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Way Far Away on a Wild Safari

Way Far Away on a Wild Safari
by Jan Peck; illustrated by Valeria Petrone
When his grandmother bakes him cookies, a young boy imagines himself on a wild safari where he encounters a wide variety of exotic animals.

Good Morning Africa

Good Morning, Africa by April Pulley Sayre

This book can be used to show the children pictures of what life really is like in Africa.



Down in the Jungle (chant)
Down in the jungle with the beat in your feet,
Think of an animal that you’d like to meet
(Have a child yell out an animal name)
A (lion), a (lion), She wants to see a (lion).

Then let all the children imitate that animal.

Continue chant as long until everyone has a chance to name an animal.



Monkey See, Monkey Do

If you___________, I will too
Monkey see, monkey do

Whatever you do I’ll do it too
Monkey see, monkey do!

Fill in blanks with different motions:
(raise your arms)
(clap your hands)
(scratch your head)
(stamp your feet)
(hop around)

Have children suggest different motions to use.


Vocabulary Word:

hike: v. to take a long walk

Example: Hike away.”
(taken from Way Far Away on a Wild Safari by Jan Peck)



Gorilla Bars — stir together 1/3 cup flour, 1 cup quick oats, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, dash of salt, and 1/2 cup raisins in a large bowl.  Add a mixture of 1 cup mashed banana, 1/4 cup milk, 2 egg whites, and 1 tsp. vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Pour batter into a 9x13 cake pan and bake 35-40 minutes.  When cool, cut into bars.

Jungle Safari — Have your children draw different jungle animals. Then have them use binoculars (2 toilet paper tubes) to go on a jungle safari. For an added effect have them make jungle vest and wear on their safari.

Jungle Safari Vest — Cut armholes and a hole for the head in a paper grocery bag.  Let your children decorate it with paint to make great jungle attire.

Paper Plate Snake — Have the children draw a continuous line that goes around and around their plate starting at the edge, and going to the middle.  Next, have them cut out the line (you may have to help depending on the age of your children).  Have the children decorate their snakes with the materials. You can then hang them from the ceiling or put them on the wall.

Catch the Snake by the Tail — Have your children form a long line holding each other by the waist. Have the person in the front of the line try to catch the one in the back without breaking the line.

Jungle Storyboard — Have your children create different jungle themes using various art supplies. During circle-time put all of your children's pictures in a row on a storyboard and have them create a story for you.



Hilda Must Be Dancing

Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
Hilda tries other quieter activities when her jungle friends are disturbed by her dancing, but nothing else makes her happy… until Water Buffalo makes a suggestion that just might work.


TallTall by Jez Alborough

Illustrations and just a few words depict how various jungle animals help a very little monkey feel that he is tall.


Jazzy in the JungleJazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins

The jungle animals help Mama JoJo find her baby lemur, Jazzy.