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Safari Exploration Center

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  1. Brown and green bulletin board paper
  2. Variety of stuffed jungle animals
  3. Plastic bugs
  4. Large appliance box
  5. Craft knife (adult only)
  6. Chairs
  7. Steering wheel
  8. Cassette player and rainforest sounds tape
  9. Safari hats
  10. Binoculars
  11. Magnifying glasses
  12. Bug containers with tweezers
  13. Real or pretend cameras


  1. If possible, set up this center next to a large window.
  2. Twist brown bulletin board paper to resemble vines, and cut out large leaves from green bulletin board paper. Attach the vines and leaves to the ceiling and walls.
  3. Put stuffed animals and plastic bugs around the "jungle" and hang some from the ceiling. If desired, place some of the bugs in the bushes outside the window.
  4. Cut off one side of a large box and cut doors in two sides to make a safari "jeep." Place chairs and a steering wheel inside the jeep.
  5. Turn on a tape or CD of "rainforest sounds."
  6. Encourage the children to put on safari hats and become explorers in the center. They can use binoculars or magnifying glasses to look at the "jungle creatures." Children can "capture" some bugs and put them in bug containers to examine them more closely.
  7. If desired, provide a camera (or pretend camera) for children to photograph the jungle.
  8. Sit back and watch and listen to their imaginations unfold as they explore their safari center.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center: Dramatic Play/Pretend & Play/House Corner
Topic: Adventures
Content: The Arts: Dramatic Arts
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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