“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. The kids love doing the Animal Fun activities and they
have become an integral part of our daily program. As well as the
daily movement program, I use them as time fillers on the mat, for
transitions between activity and attention getters (the kids are super
trained in ‘pencil pine’!)”
Laura – Kindy Teacher, Cockburn Central District WA
“The program is mainly used by the OT students who are on placement
at the school. My plan for 2017 is to 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.”
B Johnson Occupational Therapist
“After using ‘Animal Fun’ in Australia, I have now started using
‘Animal Fun’ in a school setting in Bhutan. I am currently working in
an inclusive school and have found that Animal Fun has been easy to
adapt to both mainstream classes and special education classes. The
teachers and I are using Animal Fun in the following ways:
Movement break ideas for the classroom
Incorporating gross and fine motor skills into Occupational Therapy
and Speech Therapy groups
Implementing Animal Fun into Physical Education Programmes.
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 board because we can regularly change the activities.
We can use them anywhere! We do not always need big spaces and
We are very grateful that an additional set of Animal Fun has been
provided to our school. Thanks so much Sue”
Alison, OT, Bhutan
“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.
Lisa, Pre K Teacher, Perth Australia
“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!”
Allanah, Physiotherapist, Queensland Australia
“Fabulous presentation – clearly outlines all of the information to understand the program with confidence. Sue McLaren is a wonderful public speaker, articulate, with great explanation of theory/research and program!”
Shannon, Early Childhood Teacher, Western Australia.
“This (workshop) was very informative. Lots of easy and practical strategies to implement immediately. Thank you for an amazing PD.”
Samantha, Early Childhood Teacher, Western Australia.
“Thank you for the informative PD. There is a huge amount of passion involved in this program and it is evident!”
Tahlia, Early Childhood Teacher, Western Australia
“Working on Animal Fun with Sue has been one of the most interesting activities in my whole life. This tool is feasible, inclusive and easy to use in all the countries. I have experiences in Italy and in the Iraqi Kurdistan. Thank you Sue and thanks Animal Fun🦒 🐘 🐬 🐶 🐱”
Francesca Policasto, Physical Therapist at Fisicamente S.R.L.Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
“It’s a fantastic program for Kindy and PP kids. Great gross motor, core strength, stability, locomotor skills, fine motor skills and more! Activities that you can do as transitions, short lessons and full lessons. So good! Highly recommend it to build your class’ motor skills. My class love it and look forward to our sessions each Kindy day, the fun and laughter that comes with it all is an added bonus”.
Tarryn, Kindy Teacher, Western Australia