Learning Alphabet Letters At the Zoo

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Learning letters at the zoo. Our trip was sponsored by the letter M & S!

We love getting outside with our kids to run, play and use our imaginations. We also love to learn while we are outside like taking nature walks and learning colors or going to the zoo and learning alphabet letters. This easy activity is fun and educational.

What you need:

  1. A letter of the day. Everyone can have their own or you can have one letter for everyone.
  2. Marker and paper to make the letter.
  3. Camera or camera phone.
  4. Zoo
  5. Notebook
  6. A sense of adventure and fun!

What to do:

  1. Pick a letter (we picked them out of a hat)
  2. That is your special letter for the day. Be on the lookout for animals, food, colors, expressions, etc. that start with your special letter. We had “S” and “M“. We saw slithering snakes, swimming sharks, sweaty kids :), mini-monkeys, cows that mooed and so much more. When we had our sandwiches at lunch we said, “MMMMMM good”.
  3. Take pictures of your letter in front of animals, etc. and keep an alphabet journal.
  4. Enjoy looking back on your journal as you see all the letter adventures you had!

Standing outside the snake house with her letter of the day!

39 Responses to “Learning Alphabet Letters At the Zoo”

  1. Elizabeth S September 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    This is a great idea! Good to look back on something like that as motivation for learning letters!

  2. fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) September 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Sounds like a fun learning activity. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Janet W. September 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    What a fun way to learn! My grandson would love this idea of finding the special letters, especially while at the Zoo!

  4. polly September 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    such a fun learning activity….you could do this anywhere!

  5. Amy D September 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    My five year old would LOVE this game!

  6. Colleen Maurina September 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    This is such a great idea! We go to our zoo frequently and this will give us a fun and different way to see the zoo and get more out of our visit.

  7. Emily September 6, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Love it! It’s so easy to work learning and education into everyday experiences for tots πŸ™‚

  8. Cassandra Eastman September 6, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Love this! We have zoo passes and going there so often can get boring sometimes so this is a great idea to make it exciting! Thank you!

  9. Bekah Kuczenski September 6, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    This is such a fun idea! What a great way to help kids remember their letters πŸ™‚

  10. Ilana September 6, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Love this idea – will definitely have to do it next time. Numbers would also work with counting the number of animals you see.

  11. nancy September 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Great for homeschoolers- thanks!

  12. Melissa K September 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to do this with my daughter when she gets a little older.

  13. Andrea September 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I love this idea! We were just at the zoo this weekend. We’ll definitely need to try this next time.

  14. Belinda September 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    What a cute idea! I love activities that make learning fun! We’re going to a petting zoo next week so this is perfect!

  15. Azure September 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    What a great idea! We have annual passes to the zoo, so I think this would work great!

  16. Jodi Flaherty September 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Very Fun idea! We may try this on our weekly walk to the Library too! ( I only thought of that because our library has staues of animals and my son calls it the zoo!) lol

  17. Molly Bussler September 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Very creative idea, I will try this when I take my little one to the zoo, thank you!

  18. sheila musselman askins September 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    love this idea! def have to do this with my grandson on our next zoo trip! thanks so much for the idea!

  19. Natalie Finch September 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    What a great way to learn letters! We are working on letter identification right now and I’ve been struggling to keep my three year old son’s attention. This is a great way to make it fun, keep him engaged, and learn those letters!

  20. Laura Love September 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    What a great idea! And I’m sure you could do the same thing on other trips too – like car trips! We’ll have to try this sometime.

  21. hayley September 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    this is such a cute idea my son loves being outside out and about so this is great!

  22. Kelly Lebo September 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    I absolutly love this idea, fun and learning at the same time.

  23. Eileen September 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    That reminds me of our kid’s preschool ciriculum LONG ago (now are 13-21 in age):)
    Letters and sounds are so much easier and fun when learned with a fun activity.

    Another is to pick a letter out of a hat, and if you can’t make it to the zoo or other location, just use that letter for the day. For instance P can be, peanut butter, pickles, pizza to eat, go to the PARK, wear Party hats or be a Princess for the day. Some letters are hard to find things for, so those days you might want to pick two. Fun times!

  24. Michelle September 7, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Love everyone’s take on this! Thank you!

  25. Ruth S. September 7, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I never would have thought of doing this activity. Looks like you had fun while learning!

  26. rebecca September 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    I will be trying this next week with my three yr old daughter. She loves the zoo and is having a hard time with her letters.

  27. Mandy Haynes September 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Such a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to do this with my son! Thanks so much.

  28. Erinn A September 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    All those Zoo trips and I never thought of something fun like this!..Next summer for sure! Thank you.

  29. Auri Lae September 8, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    This is such a cute idea – I’m already looking forward to doing this with my little one! Thank you!

  30. Brittany September 9, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    What a fun idea! Such a great way for kids to learn letters in their own environment.

  31. Faride September 10, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Wow! What a cool idea. I’ve never though of that. It makes the trip to the Zoo more meaningful.

  32. jacki September 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    This is a great idea!!!!

  33. Paige Jagan September 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

  34. Dawn September 11, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    This is such a cool idea! I love new ways to introduce fun learning activities to my kiddos!!! We take a lot of family outings to the aquarium, zoo,and museums.

  35. Rebecca Thomas September 11, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    What an excellent idea! I love going to the zoo my my kiddos and now this cool activity will just add to the fun!

  36. Saver Sara September 12, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    This is such a fun idea. I’m going to try this with my son!

  37. Brandi September 12, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    What a cute idea! I’ve got 3 little ones on the way so I need great ideas like this!

  38. Jessica September 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    This is such a fun idea and what a great learning opportunity. I can’t wait for our next trip to the zoo to try this out!

  39. Sarah Yurga September 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    thsi sounds like something fun for us to do at Girl Scout camp