Animal Fun is a unique program designed to promote motor skills and social skill development in young children aged 3-6 years. Based on imitating animal movements, Animal Fun allows children to practice and develop their skills within an imaginative, play environment.
Flexible and so simple to use, Animal Fun Activities can be embedded into the everyday routines and rituals of the child. Check out our colourful resources which have been designed for Early Childhood Educators, Allied Health Professionals working with young children and Parents.
Whilst this program is designed to be inclusive and suitable for children of all abilities it may be particularly beneficial for children with motor coordination problems such as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD),
Animal Fun is an evidenced based program which meets many of the desired outcomes of the National Quality Framework and the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education( Foundation Year).
I am a physiotherapist working in schools and I frequently recommend your program for the pre-prep, Prep and Grade 1 classes as a whole-class program, and when explaining it to teachers I emphasise that it is not just a “gross motor program” but a whole body development program which is evidence-based for improving motor skills, social skills and attention. The teachers I work with are time-poor and their days are usually quite packed with curriculum, so I find that they are generally quite keen on a program that ticks so many areas. I also emphasise the flexibility of the program to fit into their days, and I help them brainstorm where in their day they could implement the activities. Thanks so much, I’m a big fan of the program and keen to spread the word to my schools!
Myself and the teachers enjoy using Animal Fun because:
The children love it. They enjoy choosing the animals and learning about them
The pictures are clear and easy to follow
It is easy to grade the activities
No one gets bored because we can regularly change the activities.
We can use them anywhere! We do not always need big spaces and expensive resources
The program is mainly used by the OT students who are on placement at the school. My plan for 2017 is purchase an additional 2 programs as it is the movement program of choice in kindy. Feedback from the teachers is that it is a great program and has had good benefit.
I am really impressed with the ‘Animal Fun’ resource and can never recommend it highly enough to others. It is simple to use, engaging and entertaining for the kids (mine love ‘row your boat’ and ‘friendly fighting antelopes’!) and our Kindy will definitely be using it again next year.
I received your Animal Fun resource package in the mail the other week and it made my day. I worked in an early intervention clinic in rural Victoria last year and the physiotherapists bought two copies. I have recently moved to NSW and am now working in a private clinic with another paediatric occupational therapist and thought what an amazing resource to have working with children. We have both already started implementing it into practice and I have strongly encouraged several of my old university friends to purchase their own copies too.Thank you very much for making such a wonderful program available and I look forward to hearing if you release any other resources in the future.
We have started using the program and are really enjoying it. My Pre K class love it. I am particularly impressed to see my Pre K’s upper body arm strength already improving. It’s a fabulous, fun program. Thank you.
Our Early Childhood Teaching Team are so excited about implementing Animal Fun. We chose this program after researching several because of the practicality. Animal Fun utilises basic equipment such as balls so there is no outlay on buying new equipment. It can be used indoors and outdoors anytime and is so easy to use during transitions, fitness and on the mat too. We like the way it aligns with many components of the EYLF and National Quality Standards as well. The research about the program speaks for itself. Our students are already reaping the developmental benefits!