Jungle Animals - Set of 8

Item: 32270
Status: In Stock
$34.95
Kaplan Exclusive

18 months & up. The wild animals in this set are detailed in texture, traits, and size. Children will enjoy learning about each of the animals through engaging, hands-on learning experiences. Each set comes with eight animals and an activity guide. The figures represent animals that commonly live in the wild.

  • Crocodile - 1.2"H x 2.6"W x 5.3"L
  • Elephant - 4.7"H x 2"W x 7"L
  • Giraffe - 7"H x 1.6"W x 4.1"L
  • Gorilla - 2.6"H x 1.6"W x 2.4"L
  • Hippopotamus - 2.8"H x 2"W x 5.3"L
  • Lion - 3.5"H x 1.7"W x 5"L
  • Tiger - 2.6"H x 1.6"W x 5.3"L
  • Zebra - 4.3"H x 1.8"W x 4.7"L

Children can engage in a variety of learning experiences:

Dramatic Play

Giraffe - A giraffe has a long neck and eats leaves that are high on acacia trees. Invite children to stretch their necks and pretend to eat leaves from the top of trees.

Art

Zebra - Zebras eat grass and live in grasslands. They are best known for their black and white stripes. Have children tear black and white paper into strips to represent the stripes and glue on a sheet of paper.

Math

Crocodile - A crocodile has two eyes, four feet, and one tail. Count the crocodile’s eyes, feet, and tail with the children.

Gross Motor

Elephant - Elephants use their trunks to breathe, make noise, grasp, and touch. Ask children to walk like an elephant and use their trunk (arm) to make noise and grab things like an elephant.

Science

Gorilla - Gorillas are closely related to humans. However, one difference is that gorillas make nests out of leaves and twigs to enjoy during the day and night. Ask children to make a nest outdoors with twigs and leaves, just like a gorilla.

Music

Tiger - Sometimes a tiger’s walk is very slow, controlled, and sneaky. Other times a tiger will run fast and powerfully. Play music of varying speeds. When the music is slow, have children move slowly and carefully, when the music is fast, have them move quickly.

Fine Motor

Lion - Lions spend about two hours walking each day. Have children use clay or dough to make lion prints. Put the dough on the table and have the lion ‘step’ in the dough to leave a footprint.

Language

Practice imitating the sounds made by the wild animals. Ask children to make the noises in a variety of ways: loud, quiet, low, fast, etc.

Social and Emotional

Hippopotamus - Hippos live in large groups with their family and friends. Pretend to be a pod of hippos swimming together in the river.

Animals are not Solid... they are Hollow

2 stars
After searching the internet looking for some more or less realistic looking zoo/jungle animals for my 1.5 year old grandson, I remembered about Kaplan (from whom I have bought quality toys before) and, as expected, I found what I was looking for...this set.I thought these would be perfect for my grandson. Justified or not, I was assuming they were made of *solid* hard rubber/plastic......... but they are actually *hollow* and the plastic is kind of thin, where the sides give a little when you squish them.NOTE: They do seem to a degree quality. I imagine they will hold up to years/decades of reasonable play........ but they are not the heavy duty solid hard rubber animals I was expecting i.e. that I had as a child.... or that my children had in their generation.I was almost ready to send them back, but my wife likes them, so we will be giving them to our grandson.... and he will probably like them fine..... But these won't give him the experience of playing with real solid animal figures that I wanted and expected him to have from these. So that is why I am giving only 2 stars, etc.

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