Animal Antics

Hungry puppies, clothespin zoos, and plastic bottle critters all make up this week's set of summer fun. These ideas will help keep your child's mind active through those dog days of summer (pun definitely intended). Throw on your zebra stripes, slap on your rhinoserous horn, and let the animal antics begin!

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Rolling Dog Toy

This adorable toy is fun to play with and easy to make. Even better, you should be able to find all the materials you need lying around your house.
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Animal Dice!

Looking for a fun way to encourage imaginative play? Try crafting these animal dice with your preschooler.
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Puppy Paper Bag Puppet

Bring this adorable puppy to life with a fun, recycled arts and crafts project! Your child will make his own paper puppy puppet.
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Write a Letter to Martha

What would you say to a dog if that dog could talk? PBS KIDS' Martha Speaks can do just that, and you can writer her a letter!
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Plastic Bottle Critters!

Celebrate Earth Day by making colorful animal sculptures using recycled materials from around the house in this year 4 arts and crafts activity.
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Animal Scramble

The animal names on this year four science and spelling worksheet are all mixed up! Kids unscramble reptile and bird names to complete the worksheet.
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Dogs on Ice

You and your kids can stay cool through the "dog days of summer" with this fun activity from PBS KIDS'Martha Speaks...and you'll build your kid's vocabulary, too! Click here to get started.

Write a Dog Sentence

Inspire your kindergartener to write a make-believe sentence about her favorite dog!
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Fix the Sentences: Dog Days of Summer

Kids rewrite incorrect sentences to gain practise with sentence structure, capitalization, and punctuation on this year two reading and writing worksheet.
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Rainforest Animal Matching Game

This great memory match game is perfect for animal lovers and jungle safari adventurers alike!
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Animal Word Search

It's like a zoo in here! There are 17 hidden animal words in this jumble of letters. How many can your kid find?
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Martha Speaks: Doggie Dictionary

What better way for your kids to gather their dog knowledge than with a doggie dictionary? This Activity from PBS KIDS' Martha Speaks Will get you started.

Image: Marth Speaks: Courtesy of all characters and underlying marterials from the Martha books TM and Susan Meddaugh. All other characters and underlying materials TM and 2013 WGBH. 


Clothespin Animals

Transform paper and clothespins into endearing animal pals with this easy and delightful DIY craft.
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Summer Reading Essentials

Looking for more summer reading ideas? We've picked the best of the best of our most popular workbooks for every grade to help you make the most of your kid's summer. Avoid the summer slide and spark your child's imagination with our picks. Check them out here!

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Encourage your animal lover to become a word lover, too, with do-it-yourself ideas from PBS KIDS’ Martha Speaks.

Image Credit: Courtesy of All characters and underlying materials from the Martha books TM and Susan Meddaugh. All other characters and underlying materials TM and 2013 WGBH.

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