I wanted to share some of his favorite animal resources so I asked him what things he likes for learning the most about animals.
Leave it to my little man to totally surprise me.
He started out by explaining that the best way to learn about animals is to wait until spring and take a magnifying glass out into the yard. This way, he can be studying an animal closely and figure out all kinds of things about the critter. Then, he mentioned studying animals at the zoo as well.
He went on to tell me about how if you can’t figure something out by looking at the animal (or if we don’t have the animal near by), then you should look in great reference books. Here are a few of his favorites.
- The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia – This book is one that we first saw at the library. This was the only thing he asked for for Christmas the year he was 4. Of course, we honored that request! He loves this book, and he is great as finding “creation mistakes” in it (what we call evolutionary references). He often will ask us to read about a certain animal.
- World of Animals – This reference book is what my little guy refers to as “the Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia but without the creation mistakes”. I saw this at CHAP this past year and knew we would all love it. (It’s by Master Books; what is there not to love?)
- Wildlife Fact File Set – These are binders of animal cards we bought at a used curriculum sale. The new version are called Wildlife Explorer cards, but buying them and having them come monthly in the mail seemed like an extremely pricey way to buy them. I got 6 binders for around $10 – great fun, without the huge expense. Isaiah loves to look through these cards and discover new animal facts. Each card shows the animal’s location in the world, key facts about size, breeding, as lifestyle as well as wonderful photos.
Isaiah told me that if you can’t find good information in these books, you also can check out shows or dvds. Here are some of his favorites.
- Wild Kratts (but watch out for creation mistakes!)
- Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (again, lots of evolutionary references, but we enjoy them as a family)
- Any nature shows with Peter Schriemer in them – He did some Smithsonian shows like Smithsonian Channel: Critter Quest that we have gotten from the library as well as some DVDs in the series “Nature of God” that are Christian like Ocean Adventures, Volume 1: Whales, Waves, and Ocean Wonders. Of course, it took me a while to realize it was the same guy, but my children knew it at once (and ask for him by name).
We also regularly find library books about animals that we love. I wrote about 2 of them here and here. I know we have a slight library addiction. There are so many great ways to learn about animals. What are your favorites?