Looking for some cute preschool activities that can be incorporated into a lesson plan about llamas? Your preschoolers will be asking “Are YOU my Mama?” with these with these llama fun facts, literacy, math, science and art activities.
LLAMA FUN FACTS
The llama is a large animal that is part of the camel family but smaller and lack a hump. One of the most distinguishing features of this animal is its long and curved banana shaped ears. A llama is covered with wool which color ranges from white to black, with shades of gray, beige, brown, and red. It may be solid, spotted or marked in an variety of patterns. Llamas are vegetarians and eat grass, shrubs and trees. The most common sound they make is a humming sound. It has different pitches depending on their moods and what they are doing. A male llama is called a Bull, a female llama is called a Dam and baby llamas are Crias. Llamas are herd animals. They are used for packing, wool production, companion animals and sheep guarding. One famous llama that many children will know is the teenage emperor-turned-llama, Kuzco, in the Disney Movie, The Emperor’s New Grove (2000)
LLAZY LLAMA SALAD
Even picky eaters will enjoy this naturally sweet snack. Always remember to check with parents for food allergies or other dietary restrictions before using any food activity in the classroom.
Dollop low-fat cottage cheese with an ice cream scoop onto a small plate. Add two raisins for eyes, a red grape nose and two banana slices for ears. Position two almond slices for the lower teeth (llamas have no upper teeth!).
SHAGGY LLAMA ART ACTIVITY
Display these shaggy critters on your bulletin board or hang them from the ceiling. Have each child cut out and color in the eyes of a reproduced llama pattern. Glue lengths of yarn to the llamas back using thin and thick types of yarn for an interesting textured look.
LLAMA AND SHEEP LARGE MOTOR GAME
Llamas are very effective livestock guard animals of sheep, cattle or goats against predators. Choose one child to be the llama. The rest of the children are the sheep. As the music plays, the llama leads the flock. Signal for a child or children to go to a designated hiding place. When the music stops, the llama counts the sheep and tells how many are missing and who they are.
LLAMA FINGERPLAY AND RHYME
Use five llama flannel board pieces or laminated photos of llama with a magnetic strip glued to the back to use with this rhyme.
This little llama goes to town; (thumb)
This little llama jumps up and down. (index)
This little llama nods his head; (middle)
This little llama butters his bread. (ring)
This little llama smiles at me; (pinky)
And he’s as happy as can be.
Use this llama-like sheep mask while encouraging good listening skills as your little ones act out this action chant.
Llama, llama, nod your head;
Llama, llama, go to bed.
Llama, llama, wink your eye;
Llama, llama, jump so high!
Llama llama, touch your knee;
Llama llama sit quietly.
LLAMA MAMA BOOKS
Anna Dewdney’s popular tales of the emotional life of Llama Llama are sweet and fun to read. Main character Llama Llama experiences screeching meltdowns while dealing with life’s trying moments but Mama Llama manages to make things okay with love and laughter.
In “Llama Llama Red Pajama”, Llama Llama experiences the trials of bedtime and separation anxiety. Mama tames Llama Llama’s temper in “Llama llama Mad at Mama” by explaining cooperation makes chore time fun. Overwhelming holiday stress threatens Llama llama patience again but it’s mama again who is there to save the day with hugs and kisses in “Llama Llama Holiday Drama” . A great first–day–of–school read is “Llama Llama Misses Mama”, depicting Llama Llama going to school for the first time and missing mama. A sick Llama Llama stays home from school with mama in the August 2011 release of “Llama Llama Home with Mama”.
Llama Llama Mama books help children get through those trying days and are sure to become favorites for classroom reading.
FARM ANIMAL MATCHING GAME
Here’s a great game that reinforces vocabulary and matching skills to be used with the book “Is Your Mama A Llama?” by Deborah Guarino and Illustrated by Steven Kellogg.
Using cut out pictures of farm animals and ask children to match pictures with their babies. Have them name both animals and say the sound they make.
If you’re planning on doing a Llama unit, try tweaking your favorite sheep, lamb or camel themes to create even more innovative ideas for a fun, and informative learning atmosphere!